Meetings & Events Archive

Winter Partnership Meeting

Event Date: January 26, 2024

Event Time: 8:30 am

Location: Gettysburg College Dining Hall Atrium, 300 N Washington St, Gettysburg PA 17325

Post Event Resources:

Thank you for joining us for a great day of learning. Please find our speaker presentations linked here:

Twice annually, the Partnership holds a meeting in which all partners and interested parties are invited to come together and build relationships and collaborations. This event includes breakfast snacks and coffee. New for this meeting, we are hosting a second event jointly with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s Landscape Conservation Team to explore GIS data and mapping tools that can be useful to you! Register for one OR both events.

Please join us in thanking these sponsors. Their sponsorship ensures that we can continue to provide meaningful informational events in the South Mountain region, provide some delicious breakfast snacks at this event, and further the mission of Friends of South Mountain Partnership.

PART 1: South Mountain Partnership Winter Meeting

This winter we will be starting 2024 hearing some critical updates from partners as well as celebrating the release of the State of the Region Project and digging right into our implementation plan. This meeting is packed with key opportunities such as;

– Learn about the current projects of our host county, this meeting we will be digging into Adam’s County Heritage Plan and their Broadband Internet collaboration.
– Be the first to hear evolving plans for the Michaux District’s new Resource Management Center
– Roll up your sleeves with us as we get ready to act on all that we’ve learned from our year long research on the State of the Region!
– 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
– Hear from local officials and spark conversation and collaboration across political and sectoral boundaries
– Engage 50+ partners in on-going work throughout the region
– Involve partners in defining the direction of the Partnership

PART 2: Appalachian Trail Conservancy PA Landscape Mapping & Complimentary Lunch

This free lunch and learn will help you gain more insight into GIS data and mapping tools available to you and your work, while also providing ATC with key stakeholder feedback. Lunch is included.

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) developed a GIS tool – referred to as the A.T. Landscape Aggregated Spatial Information Tool (ATLAS IT) – to help encourage local land protection within the A.T. Landscape. The tool’s initial development was prompted by a partner, inspired by another’s tool, and created in service to our Pennsylvania partners and its A.T. Landscape. The Pennsylvania ATLAS IT is a decision support tool designed to help local stakeholders quickly and easily identify trustworthy data representing conservation values within the A.T. Landscape. This tool strives to empower the practitioner or decision-maker by providing information that is clear, accessible, and useful when evaluating a property’s conservation value.

We look forward to learning what you, as local on-the-ground organizations and residents, would like to see incorporated into this tool and the ways that you can see yourself using this tool. We want the tool to be helpful for you and are also looking forward to learning how to make it more useful and easy to use.


8:00 AM – 8:30 AMNetworking and Breakfast Snacks
Informal networking, coffee, and light snacks begin at 8:00 am
8:30 AM – 8:45 AMWelcome
Adams County Commissioners (Invited)
8:45 AM – 9:00 AMNews from the Forest
Need-to-know updates about the new Resource Management Center, habitat resiliency project, and more will be shared by the Michaux Forest District Team. Speaker: Roy Brubaker
9:00 AM – 9:30 AMAdams County Planning News – Heritage Plan and Broadband Project
Existing conditions and public feedback are being used to preserve, protect, and promote historic and cultural resources in the Adams County Heritage Plan. Also, learn how Adams and Franklin counties are partnering to increase quality of life and business success with broadband access.
Speakers: Jenna Smith, Rob Thaeler
9:30 AM – 9:45 AMBREAK
9:45 AM – 10:45 AM“State of the Region” Project Update
Celebrate with us! The Report Card, mapping, and final report are complete. We’ll briefly review the project and dig into next steps like spreading the word and recommended actions and projects.
10:45 AM – 11:30 AMBreak and Informal Walk “Get to Know Gettysburg College”
11:30 AM – 12:00 PMLunch and GIS Interactive Mapping Demonstration: Conservation Decision Support Tool (lunch included)
How does your work relate to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s/Appalachian National Scenic Trail’s conservation values and how can you leverage this for benefit? The GIS Pennsylvania ATLAS IT is a decision support tool designed to allow you to quickly and easily identify trustworthy data in PA’s A.T. Landscape. This tool empowers the decision-maker by providing information that is clear, accessible, and useful when evaluating a property’s conservation value.
12:00 PM – 1:00 PMMapping Breakout Groups
Dig into the GIS Pennsylvania ATLAS IT decision support tool through interactive breakout groups. Your feedback is critical to making this evolving tool more useful and approachable.