Community Character Stewardship

Being good stewards of our region’s unique character

The Pennsylvania Wilds is known for its strong sense of place. Our region’s rural and historic character are part of what makes us attractive to visitors and residents, so it is important for us to be good stewards of these characteristics.

“The image of a community is fundamentally important to its economic well-being.”

Ed McMahon

The PA Wilds Design Assistance Program was created with this in mind. At the core of the program is the PA Wilds Design Guide for Community Character Stewardship, a voluntary planning document that highlights how communities in the Pennsylvania Wilds can protect or enhance their rural character as they grow – whether that growth is due to tourism, resource extraction or other industries.

The Design Guide is a great resource for developers, planners, architects, business or property owners, revitalization partners and community leaders. Signage and design grants that promote the use and understanding of the Design Guide are offered to communities as funding becomes available (see PA Wilds Mini Grants).