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2019 - 2020 Kittatinny Mini-Grant Program Open: Apply Now!

The Kittatinny Coalition announces the availability of mini-grants to support its goals to conserve the Kittatinny Ridge. The 2019 – 2020 grant round opens May 15, 2019, and applications are due by 5:00 pm June 15, 2019. Awards will be announced June 30, 2019.

Eligible applicants include non-profit organizations with tax-exempt status 501(c)(3), municipalities, counties, and educational institutions. Grants up to $10,000 will be awarded and require a 1:1 local match in the form of cash and/or eligible non-cash (in-kind) services. Projects must be located within the Kittatinny Ridge Corridor. See map included in application guidelines.

MINI-GRANT PROGRAM DOCUMENTS ARE AVAILABLE HERE:

Application Instructions and Guidelines
Application Form
List: Species of Greatest Conservation Need
Match Recording and Reporting Guidelines
Interim Report Template
In-kind Contribution Template

The Kittatinny project, including this mini-grant program, is supported by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) through DCNR’s Environmental Stewardship Fund administered by the Bureau of Recreation and Conservation.  The DCNR grant is administered by the Kittatinny Coalition through Audubon Pennsylvania. If you have questions or need additional information please contact Jeanne Ortiz at jortiz@audubon.org.

Publications and Reports

ANNUAL MEETING PRESENTATIONS (November 16, 2017)
Audubon Pennsylvania:  The Atlantic Flyway
Our Neighbor:  The South Mountain Partnership
PA Game Commission and PA Fish and Boat Commission:  State Wildlife Action Plan
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary:  Broad-winged Hawk and Goshawk Research Projects
Trout Unlimited:  Pipeline Assessment and Stream Assessment Results
Fort Indiantown Gap:  Herps of the Kittatinny Ridge
Appalachian Trail Conservancy:  Municipal Outreach Results and Return on Environment Studies

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

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