South Mountain Partnership Director, Katie Hess, was asked to present on the organization’s landscape level work and its connections to the Appalachian Trail during a May 2020 webinar for the National Park Service’s (NPS) “Connected Conservation” effort. Other presenters during the webinar include Julie Judkins from the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and Kayla Carter from the Northeast Tennessee Regional Economic Partnership. The full presentation can be viewed below.
The NPS recognizes that working at landscape levels is all about connections. This includes connections to neighbors, other federal agencies, state agencies, and non-governmental organizations. As their website says, “After all, water, wildlife, and air don’t stop at park boundaries. By working together, we can make real progress in protecting our special places.” To learn more, click here.