How Can You Help?

Thanks for visiting this page to learn more about how you, your family, and your community can make a positive impact and support the goals of protecting our environment and keeping our communities healthy. By working together, we can make sure that everyone, including future generations, has a healthy place to live and play. 

These will be updated often so please check back again soon! We’ll also be sharing big ideas and plans with elected officials and community leaders in the coming months. Stay tuned for an update on that too!

Keep up the good work!

Even though the region is doing well in certain areas, it is important to keep that work going to ensure we maintain this progress!

Needs More Attention!

  • Help your community to find funding for farmland, open space preservation, or recreation facilities.
    • Ask around your community and see if a group like this exists and if you can join; if not, now is the time to create one! 
    • Partner with a local library for assistance.
  • Talk to the leaders in your community, and ask them to support groups and actions that preserve, protect, and promote these resources.
    • There is a good chance your leaders will want to help support these initiatives- what is best for the community is usually best for them! 
    • See if they want to be involved in these different groups, they can provide valuable insight from a different perspective. 
    • This link provides a means for finding your local representatives and how to contact them to advocate for expanding trails in the region:
      • You can put in your street address, and they will tell you the name of your representatives on the Federal, State, and County level!
      • There will also be a phone number and website available. 
      • Coming soon: a template to provide you with a basis for communicating with your local officials.

C’mon South Mountain, Let’s Do Better Together!

  • DCNR has created a resource on riparian buffers, detailing what they are, and how they can look different depending on their location (agricultural, forest, or residential). Consider improving a buffer area on your property or in your community, find the different PDF links on the right-hand side of the webpage to learn more.
  • This source provides information on how to landscape native plants, along with lists of native plants depending on the type of environment they are being planted in.
  •  Minimize stormwater runoff by installing rain barrels and rain gardens on your property or around your community.
  • Learn how to install a rain garden in your yard or in your community:
  • Learn how to install a rain barrel and save money on your water bill:
  • Gettysburg Stormwater Authority has been excited to host rain barrel sessions, where they provide you with the materials to build one and assist in the creation. For more information, contact them at (717) 334-1160. You can also be added to a mailing list for more rain barrel events in Cumberland County here.
  • More resources can be found on the Department of Environmental Protection website.
  • Join South Mountain Partnership (SMP).
    • Become a partner and get involved!
    • Sign up for the SMP e-newsletter to receive event invitations and news about the State of the Region project.
    • By taking these steps, you will be contributing to a healthier and more sustainable South Mountain Region. If we work together, we can make a positive impact on our environment and protect it for future generations!