Regional Agency of PA Department of Conservation & Natural Resources serving Preservation and Conservation needs of Endless Mountains
The Endless Mountains Heritage Region (EMHR) was created in EMHR Offices at Old Red House in 1998 as a non-profit agency within the Heritage Areas Program. EMHR is one of twelve current heritage areas within the Regional Partnerships Program of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. EMHR proudly serves the four-county rural area of Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna and Wyoming Counties in Northeast Pennsylvania. The industrial theme is agriculture and “living with the land”, as the region is known for unmatched rural landscapes shaped by centuries of farming and timbering and the unique characteristics of family legacies in farming. The mission is “to maintain and enhance the unique rural character and culture of our Endless Mountains”.
Since formation, the agency has provided capacity-building support and financial support to partner organizations to fulfill this mission, increasing quality of life and prompting visitor interest. Since 1998, EMHR has provided grant assistance to more than 100 projects serving heritage tourism development, historic preservation and interpretation, greenway and trail development, cultural education and community development goals. EMHR serves as water trail manager for the Susquehanna River North Branch Water Trail, a National Recreation Trail, an official gateway agency of the Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network, and regional project partner of the Susquehanna Greenway Partnership. The agency is also involved in various greenway, land conservation, and trail initiatives in the region, as well as historic structures and scenic byways and vista enhancements. Staff of EMHR provide technical assistance to communities and organizations in grant and funding research, grant writing and funding proposals, project management, contract and financial management for programs,and compliance.
Visitors are asked to call ahead before visiting the physical office. www.emheritage.org