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Main Line Canal

Blair County

Southern Alleghenies Planning & Development Commission

Executive Summary of the Final Plan

Greenways are linear, natural corridors within which historical, recreational and natural resources are conserved and may be utilized by the public.

Greenways may include land or river trails for recreational use and for educational interpretation of resources.

Conservation greenways conserve natural resources such as:

Unique habitats
Migration routes for wildlife
Riparian forest buffers areas of stream bank vegetation that shield rivers from soil erosion and sedimentation that originates from agriculture or industry
View sheds large, easily visible areas of significant scenic and aesthetic value

Recreation greenways conserve recreational resources such as:

        River trails sections of river that have public access points and can be used for fishing, canoeing, boating, rafting and kayaking
        Land trails can be used for hiking, biking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, and motorized    vehicle transportation

Heritage greenways conserve historical resources such as:

        Remnants of old transportation features, abandoned railroads, bridges, tunnels, and canals
Significant historical buildings

Keystone Foundry Museum

Recently, a number of positive changes have been occurring along the Raystown Branch.  Historical buildings are being preserved and water quality enhancements are being made.  The Raystown Branch Juniata River Water Trail has been developed and promoted.  In addition to these many projects, the Juniata Clean Water Partnership (JCWP) conducted a PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Greenway Plan for the Raystown Branch which has been completed in December, 2001.  Greenways are linear, natural corridors within which natural, historical, and recreational resources are conserved and often utilized by the public.  Therefore, this plan outlines existing resources, as well as specific projects that could enhance these resources within Raystown Branch communities. 

Some of the examples of greenway-related resources include: locally or regionally significant historical buildings or landmarks; biologically important areas; nature or rail-trails; and municipal or community parks.    Some specific examples of greenway-related projects are: stream bank conservation; sound land use; water quality improvements; historical building preservation; land or water trail development; and recreational park development.

Please join in and get involved in all of the positive changes occurring along this significant corridor of land and water.  To do so, contact the JCWP at (814) 506-1190 or at [email protected] or attend one of the  Raystown/Huntingdon & Broad Top Greenway Partnership meetings listed on our Calendar of Events page. 

Following is a list of components that will be included within the plan.  

Juniata Woolen Mill

Greenway Feasibility Study/Plan Components

Natural Resources Inventory

      Natural Areas (such as state parks and game lands)
      Land Use
      Environmentally Impacted Streams and Land

Historical Resources Inventory

      State Heritage Parks
      Historic Sites and Districts
      Historic Engineering and Industrial Sites
      Other Locally Significant Resources

Recreational Resources Inventory

      All Publicly Accessible Lands (federal, state, or local)
      Land Trails and Trailheads
      River Trails and Points of River Access

Guide to Land Management Practices

      Researching Land Ownership
      Ethical Land Management Partnerships
      Conservation Easements

Overall Value Determination of Greenway

      Ecological Impacts
      Social Impacts
      Economic Impacts
      Demand and Use
      Benefit vs. Cost Analysis

General Recommendations (potential examples)

      Land Conservation
      Riparian Forest Buffer Establishment
      Development of River Trails and Points of Access
      Completion of County Natural Heritage Inventories
      Formation/Further Development of Corridors Greenway Alliance

Specific Greenway and Trail Options

      Measures and Approaches
      Potential Partners
      Funding Options

Guide to Establishing Riparian Forest Buffers

Comprehensive Listing of Potential Funding Sources

Everett Welcome Center