Who We Are

We are a group of local, county and state governments, land trusts, nonprofit organizations, watershed associations, and business representatives in a six-county area working together to protect, connect and sustain the amazing natural, recreational, and cultural gems in the Schuylkill Highlands. We are a diverse group of partners completing big picture projects together, that require complex cross-jurisdictional approaches. Our collaborative approach acts on a targeted set of goals using the power of partnership to advance our work together.

Our Story

The Schuylkill Highlands Partnership

The Schuylkill Highlands Partnership integrates the inspiration and action of many partners throughout the six-county landscape. The Partnership devotes its attention and expertise to protecting and preserving this critical landscape in a manner that will ensure its vibrant sustainable economic future. The partners have a deep commitment to working together in certain places of unsurpassed natural, historical, cultural, and recreational resource value. All partners are committed to protecting and preserving this critical landscape in a manner that will enable its vibrant and sustainable future. The power of this approach has brought significant outcomes in the landscape.

PA DCNR Conservation Landscapes

The Schuylkill Highlands Conservation Landscape is a public-private partnership promulgated by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources in 2006 entrusting Natural Lands to administer.

Conservation Landscapes have been established in eight defined areas in Pennsylvania, where there are strong natural assets, local readiness, and buy-in and they receive focused state-level investment from PA DCNR.

Peacock’s Lock Bridge

The Schuylkill Highlands Partnership has been working strategically on the ground for nearly 15 years with the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and communities developing value driven, place-based approaches in the spirit of the Conservation Landscapes on projects such as:

  • Conserving land
  • Protecting water quality
  • Creating greenways
  • Connecting residents to the outdoors
  • Land and water trails, amenities, and access points  
  • Protecting habitats
  • Encouraging sustainable development
  • Promoting nature-based tourism
  • Reducing pollution by best management practices
  • Convening conversations and inspiring speakers


Successful projects begin when organizations work together.

The logos below are a sampling of partners and are not inclusive of the numerous municipal logos and partners throughout the six-county area that support the work of the SHCL. Partner logos that are provided will be added.

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