2014 South Mountain Speakers Series
April 17, 2014 - November 13, 2014
“For the fifth season of the South Mountain Speakers Series we’ll continue with events on a range of issues meant to engage citizens in conserving the South Mountain landscape by learning from our past,” said Jon Peterson, a planner with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy who is coordinating the committee on the speaker series.
The annual South Mountain Speakers Series is envisioned as a revival of the talks given by Joseph Rothrock in the late 19th century as part of his work to preserve and restore Pennsylvania’s forests and natural landscape. The fifth season of the Speakers Series is sponsored by the Cumberland Valley Visitors Bureau.
The three lectures this year will include:
- “Hallowed Grounds, Endangered History: Preserving the Historic African-American Burial Grounds of the South Mountain Region,” April 17 at Shippensburg University;
- “The Changing Face of Agriculture in the South Mountain Region: Re-creating the Cider Industry,” Oct. 4-5 and 11-12 at the National Apple Harvest Festival, Arendtsville; and
- “Changing Climate and the South Mountain Region,” Nov. 13 at Dickinson College.
The South Mountain Partnership was sparked by DCNR’s effort to engage communities, local partners and state agencies and identify funding opportunities to conserve high-quality natural and cultural resources while enhancing the region’s economic viability. It is a public-private partnership between DCNR and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, and has grown into a coalition of citizens, businesses, non-profit organizations and government representatives in Adams, Cumberland, Franklin and York counties, working together to protect and enhance the South Mountain landscape.
South Mountain is at the northern end of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Communities in the 400,000-acre region have thrived off fertile limestone agricultural lands, the timber that fed iron furnaces, plentiful game and wildlife, and abundant pure spring water that is captured by the mountains’ permeable soils and released into the valleys.
For more information about the speaker series, visit http://southmountainspeakers.blogspot.com/ or call the Appalachian Trail Conservancy at 717-258-5771.
Some of the earlier lectures in the speaker series can be found on YouTube at
Media contact: Christina Novak, 717-772-9101