Friends of Hopewell Fur­nace ex­plore the Schuylkill High­lands

The Boyertown Area Times - - LOCAL NEWS - Friends of Hopewell Fur­nace

What and Where is the Schuylkill High­lands? On Sun­day, Jan. 8, Carol DeWolf, Di­rec­tor of the Schuylkill High­lands Con­ser­va­tion Land­scape Ini­tia­tive will present an over­view of this 929,057acre land­scape, the sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment in its preservation and the op­por­tu­ni­ties the land­scape of­fers for the fu­ture. The free pro­gram will be­gin at 2 p.m. in the Hopewell Fur­nace Con­fer­ence Cen­ter.

Ad­min­is­tered by the non-profit Nat­u­ral Lands Trust (NLT), the Schuylkill High­lands is one of seven Con­ser­va­tion Land­scape Ini­tia­tive (CLI) re­gions in Penn­syl­va­nia and in­cludes the ma­jor­ity of the Schuylkill River Wa­ter­shed, the south­east­ern most sec­tion of the Penn­syl­va­nia High­lands and the Hopewell Big Woods - the largest re­main­ing un­bro­ken for­est in south­east­ern Penn­syl­va­nia. Cov­er­ing 4 coun­ties, the land­scape fea­tures ex­tra­or­di­nary re­sources in­clud­ing Hopewell Fur­nace Na­tional His­toric Site, Val­ley Forge Na­tional His­tor­i­cal Park, French Creek State Park and the Oley Val­ley.

Carol DeWolf has led the Schuylkill High­lands CLI since its in­cep­tion in 2009. In ad­di­tion to her work for NLT, she also has served on the Westtown Town­ship Board of Su­per­vi­sors since 2003, and has ro­tated on the WEGO Po­lice Com­mis­sion. Prior to be­ing elected to the Board, Carol served on the Westtown Plan­ning Com­mis­sion. Carol is also on the Board of the Ch­ester County As­so­ci­a­tion of Town­ship Of­fi­cials, and the West Ch­ester Area Coun­cil of Gov­ern­ments. She has a BA from the Univer­sity of Colorado in En­vi­ron­men­tal Con­ser­va­tion and Plan­ning; at­tended the Univer­sity Of Colorado Grad­u­ate School of Pub­lic Af­fairs and Kutz­town Univer­sity, and re­ceived a Masters in Pub­lic Ad­min­is­tra­tion and a Masters in Po­lit­i­cal Sci­ence.

Es­tab­lished in 1994, the Friends of Hopewell Fur­nace is the of­fi­cial non­profit fundrais­ing arm of Hopewell Fur­nace Na­tional His­toric Site. A 501(c)3 ci­ti­zen or­ga­ni­za­tion, its mis­sion is to sup­port the preservation, main­te­nance and pro­grams of Hopewell Fur­nace Na­tional His­toric Site. Do­na­tions to the Friends may be tax de­ductible ac­cord­ing to the rules set by the In­ter­nal Rev­enue Ser­vice. For more in­for­ma­tion visit the Friends web site at www.friend­sofhopewell­furn.org.

While at Hopewell Fur­nace Na­tional His­toric Site visi­tors are en­cour­aged to go into the vil­lage, tour the build­ings and learn about iron mak­ing and why Hopewell Fur­nace is im­por­tant to our na­tion’s his­tory. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wed­nes­day thru Sun­day, the park is lo­cated five miles south of Birds­boro, PA, off of Route 345. For more in­for­ma­tion stop by the park’s vis­i­tor cen­ter, call 610-582-8773, visit the park’s web site at www.nps.gov/hofu, or con­tact the park by e-mail at ho­fu_­su­per­in­ten­dent@ nps.gov.

Ad­min­is­tered by the non-profit Nat­u­ral Lands Trust (NLT), the Schuylkill High­lands is one of seven Con­ser­va­tion Land­scape Ini­tia­tive (CLI) re­gions in Penn­syl­va­nia and in­cludes the ma­jor­ity of the Schuylkill River Wa­ter­shed, the south­east­ern most sec­tion of the Penn­syl­va­nia High­lands and the Hopewell Big Woods - the largest re­main­ing un­bro­ken for­est in south­east­ern Penn­syl­va­nia.

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