Conservation Plan


Virtual Summit in April!

We would appreciate your input into the Kittatinny Ridge Conservation Plan! Please join us for a Virtual Summit April 19th. A brief agenda is below.

Register for the Virtual Summit here.

Please reach out to Jeanne Ortiz,, for more information.


About the Conservation Plan

The first Conservation Plan for the Kittatinny Ridge Conservation Landscape (KRCL) is underway! With partnerships, research, public outreach, and protection efforts fortified by the Kittatinny Coalition since the late ’90s, the Kittatinny Ridge was designated a Conservation Landscape by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) in 2018. The Conservation Plan will frame a Ridge-wide strategy and action plan for protecting this critical Pennsylvania landscape over the next five years.

Resilience Planning & Design (RPD) is drafting the plan. RPD has the expertise the Coalition was seeking with unique experience of working at a landscape scale on multiple stakeholder natural resource planning initiatives and site scale implementation efforts, such as the Integrated Land Management Plan for the Susquehanna Riverlands Conservation Landscape; the Strategic Conservation Plan for Moose Mountains Regional Greenways; providing Watershed Planning Assistance for the Newfound Lake Watershed in New Hampshire; and Facilitation, Planning, and Design Services for the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests.

Stay tuned! We would like as much input as possible from our partners and stakeholders across the Ridge in the KRCL Conservation Plan. Community outreach and engagement events will be held in the spring 2022.

Process and Timeline

The KRCL Conservation Plan will be completed by December 2022. RPD staff will facilitate a process that includes stakeholder meetings across the Kittatinny Ridge, a comprehensive survey, document review, GIS analysis and mapping. The final plan will be engaging and easy to navigate with photos, infographics, and maps. The 2020 Kittatinny Coalition Strategic Plan will be incorporated into the Conservation Plan, including the delineation of sub-landscapes.


How to Participate

Stakeholder input is critical to drafting the most meaningful and thoughtful Conservation Plan for the Kittatinny Ridge Conservation Landscape. Beginning in Spring 2022, you will have opportunities to share your knowledge and ideas for conserving the Ridge in a number of ways:

  • Stakeholder meetings
  • Online survey
  • Email subscription for periodic updates

We will post more information as soon as it is available.




For more information, please contact:

Kristen Hand
Geoscientist Supervisor
Pennsylvania Geological Survey
Kittatinny Ridge Conservation Landscape, DCNR Internal Lead
Phone:  717.702.2046
Cell:  717.599.9053

Jeanne Ortiz
Senior Program Manager Landscape Conservation
Audubon Mid-Atlantic
3401 Reservoir Drive
Philadelphia, PA 19121
Cell:  215.519.5648