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The Nature Conservancy in the Central Appalachians

Central Appalachians Slideshow

The Appalachian Mountains formed more than 250 million years ago when the African and North American continents collided. A stunning variety of life has evolved here within one of the world’s most exemplary temperate forests. © Rob Bullard/TNC

The Nature Conservancy’s Central Appalachians Initiative works across more than 50,000 square miles and the six states of Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee. © Kent Mason

The Central Appalachians are home to one of the Earth’s healthiest, most biologically diverse deciduous temperate forests. © Cathy Kerkam/TNC

Healthy, intact forests prevent sediments and pollutants from entering rivers that feed into the Chesapeake Bay and provide safe drinking water to the populations of Washington, Baltimore, Richmond, Harrisburg and other major cities. © Patrick H. von Keyserling/TNC

The headwaters of the Susquehanna, Potomac and Rappahannock rivers all rise in the Central Appalachians. Protecting water quality in these major Chesapeake Bay tributaries protects wildlife habitat and critical fisheries. © Dave Spier

Extensive cave systems weave through the mountains, harboring some of Earth’s rarest creatures, while channeling fresh water to rivers and reservoirs that sustain wildlife and millions of people. © George C. Gress/TNC

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