The Franklin County Visitors Bureau Invites the Public to the South Mountain Conservation Heritage Film Festival & Panel Discussion

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The South Mountain Landscape is part of the identity of Franklin County, and the Franklin County Visitors Bureau supports and respects the importance of conservation efforts past, present and future. The South Mountain Conservation Heritage Film Festival and Panel Discussion emphasizes the impact the South Mountain conservation movement had on America at the turn of the twentieth century.

The South Mountain Speaker Series offers five presentations on an array of topics.

The South Mountain Speaker Series kicks off with a Conservation Film Festival and panel discussion.

“Pennsylvania has been called the ‘Cradle of Conservation’ for the role the state and many of its leading citizens played in creating a popular conservation movement in America,” said Jon Peterson, South Mountain Partnership Co-Lead.

The South Mountain Partnership is collaborating with the Pennsylvania Conservation Heritage Project and WITF to kick off the 2015 Speaker Series with a film and panel discussion to spotlight the Pennsylvania conservation movement on March 10 at the Carlisle Theatre, 44 West High Street. The free event begins at 7 PM with the screening of two documentaries about Pennsylvania's conservation leaders--Ralph Abele, a past director of the Fish and Boat Commission, who championed water quality and conservation, and Maurice Goddard, whose life work create 45 state parks and served six PA governors. The theme of conservation leadership continues in a panel discussion, which includes Cindy Adams Dunn, Acting Secretary of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources; Marci Mowery, president of the PA Parks and Forests Foundation; Pete Duncan, former secretary of the Department of Environmental Resources and colleague of Abele; and Paul Zeph, director of conservation for Audubon Pennsylvania.

“Pennsylvania has been called the ‘Cradle of Conservation’ for the role the state and many of its leading citizens played in creating a popular conservation movement in America,” said Jon Peterson, South Mountain Partnership Co-Lead. “We invite everyone to join us to learn more about our state’s conservation and environmental heritage, and then to share ideas to inspire our current and future leaders.”

The annual South Mountain Speakers Series is inspired by the talks given by Joseph Rothrock, Pennsylvania's "Father of Forestry, who founded the Pennsylvania State Forestry Academy in Mont Alto PA. Rothrock aspired to encourage preservation and restoration of Pennsylvania's forests and natural resources. The remaining presentations in the 2015 South Mountain Speaker Series are:

March 26 - The Mills of Cumberland Valley: A Cultural and Bio-Physical Legacy, Cumberland County Historical Society, Carlisle

September 25 - The Ethnomusicology of Snow Hill Cloister: Place in Hymns, Franklin County

October 8 - Summer in South Mountain: The Craighead Family Legacy, Cumberland County Historical Society, Carlisle

November 12 - Living on the Wind: Tracking Northern Saw-whet Owls Migrating Along South Mountain, Shippensburg University.

The South Mountain Partnership 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.
More information on the South Mountain Partnership is available at http://www.southmountainpartnership.org.

The Franklin County Visitors Bureau invites all to explore Franklin County PA and enjoy the trails of history, arts, recreation, natural beauty, fresh foods and the warm hospitality of communities like Chambersburg, Greencastle, Mercersburg, Shippensburg, and Waynesboro. Franklin County PA is located just north of the Mason Dixon Line and is an easy drive to Washington DC, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. Discover more....plan your visit at ExploreFranklinCountyPA.com or by contacting 866.646.8060.

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