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2018 South Mountain Speakers Series

2018 South Mountain Speakers Series

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The South Mountain Speakers Series is an annual lecture series hosted by the South Mountain Partnership and comprised of four to six lecture events scheduled throughout the year. Each individual event highlights a specific topic or challenge, such that over the course of the year, the Series speaks to a diversity of topics central to the Partnership's mission and goals, and provides a vehicle for educating the general public on relevant local issues. The Speakers Series, as a unifying institution, is designed to utilize these educational opportunities to engage the general public in on-going, informed dialogue about contemporary conservation challenges facing the South Mountain landscape.

The 2018 South Mountain Partnership Speaker Series features the following lectures:

May 31 @ 6:30 PM -- Appalachian Trail Museum, Gardners -- Unknown Founders: Women Who Built the Appalachian Trail. Presented in collaboration with the Appalachian Trail Museum.

June 18 -- Time & Location to Be Announced -- The Economic Value of Protected Open Space: Cumberland County's Return on Environment Report. Presented in collaboration with the Cumberland County Planning Department.

August 16 @ 6:30 PM -- Adams County Arts Council, Gettysburg -- Save the Bounty of our Counties: Preserving Produce with the Gleaning Project of South Central PA. Presented in collaboration with the Gleaning Project of South Central PA.

September 17 @ 7:00 PM -- Ceddia Union Building, Shippensburg University -- Twilight of the Hemlocks and Beeches: Inspiring Photographs and Writings of Tim Palmer. Presented in collaboration with Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation. Join award-winning author and photographer Tim Palmer who will present a slide show based on his 2018 book, Twilight of the Hemlocks and Beeches, published by Penn State University Press. With stunning photographs taken throughout the range of the Eastern Hemlock and American Beech, the author shows the irreplaceable beauty of these magnificent trees, and he explains the invasion of exotic insects and pathogens that are tragically decimating one of the most beloved forest types in eastern America.

September 29 @ 10:00 AM -- Penn State, Mont Alto Campus -- The Cradle of Conservation: Hike at the Historic Pennsylvania State Forest Academy. Presented in collaboration with Penn State Mont Alto. Join Craig Houghton, Professor of Forestry and
Forestry Program Coordinator, on an easy hike through campus to learn how this campus helped to save Pennsylvania's trees
and forests.

October 2 @ 6:30 PM -- Cumberland County Planning Department, Carlisle -- The Economic Value of Protected Open Space. The Cumberland County. The Cumberland County Return on Environment report demonstrates how open space is an integral part of Cumberland County's economy, health, and cost of living. Protecting, conserving, and restoring our best remaining natural areas makes significant economic sense.

For more details, visit www.SouthMountainPartnership.org.

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