Nature has been part of Lebanon County’s heritage, culture, pride, and economy for over 300 years, and remains a major driver for tourism and economic development. Green, rolling hills and forested ridgelines create a striking natural backdrop for all residents, while Dutch Country roads reflect the county’s rural character, values, and traditions.
People live in and visit Lebanon County for the quality-of-life assets that nature provides, including scenic views, easy access to state and local parks, migrating birds, the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area, Swatara Creek Water Trail, Lebanon Valley Rail-Trail, and many other outdoor recreation opportunities. However, the loss of farmland and scenic views, fragmentation of forests, expansion of sewers, and increasing traffic are harbingers of major changes.
Over the next 20 years, the trends of changing demographics, growth, loss of farmland, possible water shortages, air and water pollution, changes in climate, and increased demand for outdoor recreation will shape future growth.
The biggest challenge facing Lebanon County is promoting sustainable economic growth while maintaining a high quality of life, low cost of living, good health, and the unique sense of place that has been the region’s hallmark for hundreds of years. The careful protection, management, and use of natural resources are essential to the long-term sustainability of nature and the local and regional economies.
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