Wednesday, June 26, 2019

PA Conservation Heritage Project Releases Online Story Map Exploring The History Of Pennsylvania’s Forests

The Forest Legacy Trail story map explores the history of Pennsylvania’s forests from William Penn’s conservation goals to European explorers’ discovery of the impressive forests for industrial use to current issues facing our forests.
It serves as both storyboard and tool for exploring Pennsylvania—from fire towers to iron furnaces to museum—the story map takes you on a journey throughout Pennsylvania.
The conservation history of Pennsylvania tells a cyclical narrative of environmental degradation of our rich resource and the more hopeful story of the far-reaching visions of conservation leaders and the passage of policies enacted to protect our resources.
This is a story of citizens who overwhelmingly banded together, sportsmen, families and concerned communities, to protect our air, land and water, and to preserve our rich conservation legacy for future generations.
“Pennsylvania has a rich conservation heritage,” said Marci Mowery, President of the PA Parks and Forests Foundation and member of the Conservation Heritage Project advisory team. “Understanding that history is critical in making decisions for future generations.”
PA Forestry Association President Richard Lewis noted, “This interactive highly visual program is a fun and user friendly way to learn about the wonderful conservation heritage that has evolved in Pennsylvania starting with Penn’s Woods in 1861 and continuing to the present.”
This is the fourth story map produced by the Conservation Heritage Project in partnership with the PA Parks and Forests Foundation.  The other story maps include--
“These beautiful story maps are a way to engage the public in Pennsylvania’s conservation history, and empower them to engage in building the future of our public lands,” said Dr. Claire Jantz, director of the Center for Land Use and Sustainability at Shippensburg University.
The story maps, along with a wealth of resources to better understand the conservation heritage of Pennsylvania.
Visit the Forest Legacy Trail webpage on the Pennsylvania Conservation Heritage website.
For more information on programs, initiatives and special events, visit the PA Parks & Forests Foundation website.  Click Here to sign up for regular updates from the Foundation,  Like them on Facebook or Follow them on Twitter.  Click Here to become a member of the Foundation.

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