A Plan for Compatible Economic Development of the Middle Schuylkill, Berks, Chester, & Montgomery Counties, PA
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A major goal of the Schuylkill Highlands Conservation Landscape Initiative (SH CLI) is to support the economic vitality of the region by implementing sustainable land use, open space and greenway planning and practices, and encouraging community and economic development initiatives that are compatible with the scenic, cultural, historic, recreational, and natural resources.
The Plan for Compatible Economic Development of the Middle Schuylkill was developed to promote the area within the SH CLI from Valley Forge to Reading as a hallmark cultural, recreational, and natural heritage destination. The project was intended to serve as a demonstration of how regional assets can be conserved by developing a sustainable economy based upon place-based recreational and cultural tourism. For example, one of the goals of the CLI is to preserve the Hopewell Big Woods of 73,000 acres—the largest unbroken forest between Washington D.C. and New York City and of global significance.