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Natural History Atlas

atlas-coverThe “Natural History Atlas to the Chautauqua-Allegheny Region” is the most comprehensive source of information on the beautiful natural destinations in Western New York and adjacent Pennsylvania. Originally produced by RTPI in 2001, the Atlas introduces the region’s unique and fascinating natural history with chapters on local geology, weather, waterways, and wildlife, and leads the reader on an illustrated tour of some 70 sites that exemplify our natural world. Detailed descriptions, photographs, and maps explain the significance of each place and explain exactly how to get there. Natural areas featured in the Atlas include old growth forest tracts, wetlands, scenic overlooks, gorges, and many unique preserves that are off the beaten path.

The printed version of the Atlas has long been sold out but you can access it in full here in downloadable PDF form:

RTPI Natural History Atlas Part 1 – Natural History Chapters
RTPI Natural History Atlas Part 2 – Lake Erie Plain & Portage Escarpment
RTPI Natural History Atlas Part 3 – Chautauqua Region
RTPI Natural History Atlas Part 4 – Allegheny Region

To view a Google map of all Atlas sites please visit this link.

Production of this electronic version of RTPI’s Natural History Atlas to the Chautauqua-Allegheny Region was made possible through support from the Center for the Study of Art, Architecture, History & Nature (C-SAAHN) Fund at the Community Foundation of Greater Buffalo, the DeFrees Family Foundation and the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.