Led by the Chesapeake Conservancy, the core team of organizations working to carry out Envision the Susquehanna includes the Susquehanna River Heartland Coalition for Environmental Studies, Wildlife Management Institute, Susquehanna Greenway Partnership, the National Park Service Chesapeake Bay, and Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The team has also established a 25-plus member advisory council that includes environmental and historic nonprofits, American Indian interests, private enterprises, and state, federal, and local departments.
The ultimate goal is for the initiative to result in an increased awareness of the natural, historic, and cultural resources that exist along the river, the creation of new opportunities to connect people to the Susquehanna, and the improvement of ecological and cultural integrity of the landscape. In so doing, Envision the Susquehanna will also contribute to the economic sustainability of those living along the river.
The core team and its advisory council will work towards this end by creating a community-driven, river wide vision that identifies key challenges and collaborative strategies for implementing specific conservation, river access, and restoration components of the vision. Partners in the initiative will meet with communities and stakeholders throughout the watershed and use this interactive website to guide the development of this vision.
To better understand the watershed’s people, places, and culture, the core team, in partnership with researchers from Bucknell University and Lycoming College, completed a community engagement campaign to gauge the “Conservation Values, Attitudes, and Behaviors” of residents living along the Susquehanna River Corridor. Learn more about the results of the campaign here.
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