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2022 Spring Partnership Meeting

Event Date: May 13, 2022

Event Time: 9:00 am

Location: Lakeview Pavilion, Gifford Pinchot State Park

2022 SMP Spring Meeting

About the Event

Twice annually (Spring and Winter), the Partnership holds a Partnership-wide meeting for all partners and any interested individuals or organizations to come together and build relationships and collaborations around the promotion and preservation of our region’s landscape resources. This event includes breakfast snacks and coffee and will occur outside under a pavilion.
These meetings are a chance to:

–   Connect or reconnect with the Partnership, learning more about initiatives and on-going projects
–   Build and strengthen our network of people and organizations working throughout the region
–   Spark conversation and collaboration across political and sectorial boundaries
–   Engage 50+ partners in on-going work throughout the region
–   Involve partners in defining the direction of the Partnership

This Spring our meeting is being hosted by our partners in York County and will feature a spotlight on some of the great work happening across the county. The York County Commissioners and Planning Staff have been invited to welcome and center us within the county. We’ll then hear from our “profiles of action”, local organizations furthering conservation across our region. Our panel on Nature Based Placemaking will look at the York County Trail Towns as a model for tying recreation, conservation, and economic development together within the region. We will close the meeting with updates: the South Mountain Partnership will introduce our State of the Environment project and we ask you to bring your organizational updates for our closing round robin.


  • York County Commissioners (invited)
  • York County Planning Commission (invited)
  • Dillsburg Heart and Soul (invited)
  • Watershed Alliance of York (invited)
  • York County Economic Alliance (invited)
  • Julia Chain, SMP staff
  • Katie Hess, SMP staff
  • Tyler Semder, PA Dept of Conservation and Natural Resources (confirmed)


Informal networking, coffee and light snacks begin at 8:30 am

9:00 amWELCOMERepresentatives from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and York County Commissioner Julie Wheeler will kick-off the meeting.
9:20 amPROFILES OF ACTIONWe’ve invited members of the York County Planning Department, Dillsburg Heart and Soul, and the Watershed Alliance of York to share key updates and plans for the coming year.Speakers:
Wade Gobrecht, York County Planning Department
Jason Swartz, Watershed Alliance of York
Jennifer Danifo, Pennsylvania Humanities Council
Liz Fairchok, Heidi Tucker, Isaac Tucker of Dillsburg Heart & Soul Project
9:50 amBREAKStretch your legs and minds!
10:00 amNATURE BASED PLACEMAKING PANELThis dynamic panel invites members of the York County Economic Development, local business members, and DCNR staff to discuss best practices on leveraging outdoor recreation in your townSpeakers:
Lori Yeich, DCNR, Bureau of Recreation & Conservation
Silas Chamberlin, York County Economic Alliance
Amanda Poulin, Jackson House Inn
Gina Frey, Half Nuts Popcorn
Representative from the Susquehanna National Heritage Area
11:00 amSMP UPDATESThe South Mountain Partnership is excited to announce the launch of our State of the Environment Report Card project. This project will inform the work of the Partnership for the next several years.Katie Hess, South Mountain Partnership
11:15 amPARTNER ANNOUCEMENTS/NEWSWe want to hear from you! We have time set aside for a round robin style update from our partners… please bring an announcement or news to share.