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Learn What it Takes to Sustain our Ecology.

Photo: Bill Moses

Publications and Reports

2016 KITTATINNY COALITION MEETING PRESENTATIONS
National Park Service Large Landscape Project
Regional Large Landscape Initiatives
2016 Kittatinny Coalition Accomplishments
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Broad-winged Hawk Study
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Raptor Health Study
Lehigh Gap Nature Center Fire Impact Study
Return on Environment and Water Budget
Bethlehem Water Authority Working Woodlands Project
Capital Region Water DeHart Conservation Project

KITTATINNY RIDGE IBA REPORT

STATE OF THE KITTATINNY RIDGE REPORTS
The Kittatinny Coaltion strives to conserve this critical Pennsylvania landscape.  The State of the Kittatinny report regularly documents Coalition partners’ successes and challenges facing the Ridge.
2011
2012
2013 and 2014
2015

RETURN ON ENVIRONMENT REPORTS

BERKS COUNTY
In a 2010 Knight Foundation/Gallup study, aesthetics such as the physical beauty of a community—including the availability of parks and green spaces—are consistently listed as 1 of 4 factors why people are attached to their local community. The study also found that there is a positive correlation between community attachment and the local GDP (gross domestic product) growth. This is a key metric in assessing community success because local GDP  growth not only measures a community’s economic success, but also its ability to grow and meet the residents’ needs. The community’s most attached residents have strong pride in it, a positive outlook on the community’s future, and a sense that it is the perfect place for them. The Business of Nature is intended to raise awareness and appreciation of the exceptional natural resources in Berks County, PA, and to stimulate action and discussion to protect these resources.

CUMBERLAND COUNTY
Summary Booklet
Fact Sheet

DAUPHIN COUNTY
Full Report
Summary Booklet
Fact sheet

LEHIGH VALLEY
The Lehigh Valley is a special place with its scenic mountains and farmland views, river corridors, pristine groundwater and large forest habitat.  These features along with the opportunities provided by growth in the region are the foundation for a strong economy and high quality of life.  A strong economy compared to environmental protection is not an “either/or” choice.  This report explains why a strong economy requires plenty of connected, accessible open space and a healthy environment.

CONSERVATION PLAN FOR THE KITTATINNY RIDGE
The Conservation Plan is an overview of what is currently known about the cultural and natural resources of the Kittatinny Ridge through Pennsylvania, and recommends strategies and priorities for protecting the Ridge and Corridor for people and for ecological integrity.

A SURVEY OF CERULEAN WARBLERS AND OTHER PRIORITY FOREST BIRDS OF THE KITTATINNY IBA
The Environmental Studies Department at Gettysburg College completed a bird survey along the Kittatinny Ridge in 2013.  The aim of the study was to supplement the 2nd Pennsylvania Breeding Bird Atlas data for interior forests by conducting bird surveys along off-road trails.  Data from 2nd PBBA and 2013 were used to assess the abundance of Cerulean Warblers within the Kittatinny Ridge Important Bird Area.  Population estimates contributed to the designation of the Kittatinny as a Global Important Bird Area.  This document presents the results of the study.

KEY FINDINGS 2014 HABITAT SURVEY
In 2014, professors from Moravian College and East Stroudsburg University and students piloted a habitat survey of the Kittatinny Ridge from Monroe to Berks counties.  The study had four goals:  to garner information about the ecological value of the Ridge, survey and digitally document habitat quality, survey key avian species which may serve as indicators for forest habitat integrity, and gather baseline data for climate change impacts on the Ridge.  This report documents their key findings.

SCIENCE SUMMITS
Since 2012 the Lehigh Gap Nature Center has organized and hosted annual Science Summits, gathering people to share scientific knowledge about the Kittatinny and identify areas where more research is needed. Proceedings from the Summits are available below.
2012
2013
2014

VOLUME I:  ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY FOR THE KITTATINNY RIDGE
VOLUME II:  ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY FOR THE KITTATINNY RIDGE

KITTATINNY RIDGE INFORMATIONAL POSTER

KITTATINNY WATER BUDGET
Water coming off of the Kittatinny Ridge is exceptional.  Forests make up 95% of the land cover along the Ridge, infiltrating approximately 10% of rainwater in 12 counties.  The water is continuously pristine due to the forests’ ability to filter water and act like a sponge.  When rainwater runs through these forests, the Ridge produces clean water, habitat, and stream flow.  Without its forest cover, what would happen to numerous streams, 13 lakes, 11,000 farms, and hundreds of permitted point sources meeting TMDL regulations?

Summit Stories

The Kittatinny Ridge can Easily get Taken for Granted, but for Those Who Live Near it, Its Presence Seems More Than Just a Backdrop. Most People Just Refer to it as "The Mountain."

Unknown / Delaware Water Gap, PA