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From the mountains to the valleys...

Our humble 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.

 

Our forests 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.

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