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Publications and Reports
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.
2013 and 2014
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.
SURVEYING FOR RARE BAT POPULATIONS 2020
Bats provide ecosystem services to human societies such as being indicators of ecosystem health and providing control over problem insect species. In the state of Pennsylvania, there are 7 species of bats that are of conservation concern, with 3 state listed as endangered and 2 species listed under the Endangered Species Act. The goal of this project was to use remote acoustic recording devices to record bat vocalizations in 6 natural areas along the Kittatinny Ridge.
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.
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.
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?