Appalachian Mountains are the remains of an
ancient range. They are weather worn
and rounded with age, and they are home to
many a creature large and small. The
Kittatinny Ridge is just a small section of
the Appalachian Mountains. In our region, it is
a series of mountains that divides
Schuylkill county, in the north, from Berks
county, to the south. The ridge runs in
a Northeasterly direction.
Hidden in the
Northern part of the region are veins of
coal that once made the region famous. Much
of the industry is now gone from the area
and there has been significant clean up and
restoration along the Schuylkill River.
In the South,
worn rocks have given way to the fertile
valleys. Settlements of farmers, like the
Pennsylvania Dutch, call this area home.
are young. The area has been heavily logged
in it's history and new species of trees
have been naturalized to the region. The
forests in area mostly deciduous with a
sprinkling of conifers. The Pennsylvania
state tree, the Hemlock, that was once very
prominent, can still be found in the area.