A Stunning Landscape Stretching 1,500 Miles from Canada to Alabama
The Appalachians are marked by tall, wind-swept alpine peaks, cool, sparkling rivers and rugged shoreline. Black bears, bobcats and moose still roam these vast forests, while a multitude of endangered plants and wildlife make their last stand against extinction. These forests and watersheds host tens of thousands of migrating birds each year and recharge major eastern rivers that supply drinking water to millions of people.
Located near some of the nation's largest cities, the Appalachians face dramatic pressures from development, deforestation, energy development and invasive pests. By 2030, an estimated 44 million acres of private forests will be lost to development. The unprecedented sale of huge tracts of forest threatens the integrity of the region. In the 1990s alone, the U.S. lost a staggering 1 million acres of forest per year to development, making the protection of the Appalachians today more crucial than ever. In the Central Appalachians, years of mass timber extraction that arrived during the railroad logging era in the 1800's, destroyed much of the red spruce forests, a vital part of the recently delisted West Virginia northern flying squirrel's very existence.
How The Nature Conservancy Works in the Appalachians
With a strong network of partners, The Nature Conservancy is working to conserve 1.7 million acres of public and private land. We are doing this in a variety of ways, such as:
- Acquiring land
- Restoring forested lands
- Establishing conservation easements
- Promoting sustainable forest management
- Combating invasive species
With your $50 donation per acre to the Adopt an Acre® program, you will receive:
- Certificate with signature photo of the Appalachians commemorating your generosity
- Colorful fact sheet about the Appalachians
- Six issues of our award-winning Nature Conservancy magazine to keep you informed all year about the many places the Conservancy is working to protect.
- Great Places E-Newsletter subscription filled with local and global conservation updates, enviro-tips you can use and stunning nature photography.
Best of all, you'll get the satisfaction of knowing you're helping to protect this extraordinary wild habitat now and for future generations. Please Adopt an Acre today!
Give Adopt an Acre as a Gift
You can also give Adopt an Acre® as a gift. Your friend or loved one will adore this one-of-a-kind nature gift and enjoy it throughout the year. View all the benefits your gift recipient will receive.