The Mid-Atlantic Highlands
Additional Information About the Mid-Atlantic Highlands
The Mid-Atlantic Highlands encompass 79,000 square miles in the Central Appalachians of Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. This region hosts some of the most diverse and globally important resources on Earth. It is rich in natural and cultural heritage where the environment plays an important role in the quality of life.
The Potomac Highlands are considered to be a part of the Mid-Atlantic Highlands: the Potomac Watershed west of and above the fall line, plus the eight counties in the east central portion of West Virginia defined as the Potomac Highlands by the West Virginia Department of Commerce.
In 2002, Congress funded the Mid-Atlantic Highland Action Program.
- EPA to establish interagency agreements with other federal agencies and cooperative agreements with states, local governments and non-governmental organizations
- use environmental indicators, strong science, and partnerships with states, non-governmental organizations, local communities and the private sector to identify the causes of those problems, develop solutions and management actions to resolve the identified problems; and develop a management plan
On September 25, 2009, a Strategic Plan for the Mid-Atlantic Highlands was finalized. Its title -- "Protect, Restore, and Connect Forested Headwaters.”