From the Pennsylvania DCNR:
Throughout the commonwealth, large regions are working together to drive strategic investment and actions around sustainability, conservation, community revitalization, and recreational projects. Known as the Conservation Landscape Initiative, these collaborations are developing in landscapes where there are strong natural assets, local readiness and buy-in, and state level investment support. Several state agencies, local governments, funders and non-profits have worked strategically and collaboratively on the ground for several years in seven CLI’s to develop this value-driven, place-based approach.
Follow this link to see more about the goals of the CLI’s
Here is the South Mountain CLI page on DCNR.
And the home page for the South Mountain CLI activities.
I am on the steering committee for the South Mountain Speakers Series. These events are patterned after the Michaux Lectures that were delivered by Dr. Joseph Rothrock in the late 19th century. He helped awaken Pennsylvanians to the need to conserve and manage forest resources. While serving as Forest Commissioner he founded the Pennsylvania Forest Academy, the predecessor to Penn State Mont Alto.
The photostream for South Mountain CLI really tells the story of its activities.
Here is a presentation from the South Mountain CLI describing its justification and purpose: