Nature has been part of Franklin 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 scenic views of farms and fields reflect the County’s rural character, values, and traditions. Franklin County’s landscape is unique. Both the Kittatinny Ridge and South Mountain are renowned migration areas for birds and wildlife.
More than 450,000 people visit Franklin County each year. People live in and visit Franklin County for the quality-of-life assets that nature provides, including scenic views; easy access to state and local parks; hunting and fishing; bird watching; the Appalachian National Scenic Trail; Michaux, Buchanan, and Tuscarora State Forests; Caledonia and Mont Alto State Parks; and many other outdoor recreation opportunities. However, the loss of farmland and scenic views, fragmentation of forests, extreme weather conditions, and increasing traffic are harbingers of major changes.
Over the next 20 years, changing demographics, growth, changes in climate, and increased demand for outdoor recreation will shape future growth.
The Franklin County ROE Study results show that it is difficult to have a strong economy without a healthy environment, clean water, quality habitat, and open space. Avoiding costs for services that nature already provides for free allows more money to circulate in the economy and creates jobs.
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