We are for a future in which the Central Appalachians’ essential forests and rivers, and premier natural diversity are protected in an enduring mountain landscape that sustains nature, people, and the rich cultural heritage of the Appalachians.
The Nature Conservancy’s Central Appalachians program has identified three priority areas crucial to protecting this landscape:
- Smart resource development
- Protected and restored habitats on public lands
- West Virginia - as the heart of the Appalachian landscape, conservation efforts within the Mountain State impact the people, water and wildlife throughout the region.
Explore our latest news and features to learn more about these priorities and how we work. To stay connected with the Conservancy, sign up to receive our monthly e-newsletter , localized with content from your home state!
Latest News & Features
Learn more about how shale development can affect Appalachian wildlife and habitats, and explore the science-based practices recommended by The Nature Conservancy to reduce potential impacts.
The Nature Conservancy and the Appalachian Landscape Conservation Cooperative have released the first comprehensive picture of what future energy development could look like in the Appalachians.
Central Appalachian Mountains could protect nature in the face of climate change.
A Nature Conservancy poll found love for the forests of the Central Appalachians. Check out the Infographic!
See a slideshow of the Central Appalachians' migratory songbirds.
See a slideshow of the beautiful Central Appalachians
The Nature Conservancy and partners are providing the best scientific data to help protect essential natural resources while realizing the benefits of domestic energy production.
Photographer Kent Mason has taken thousands of remarkable photographs for the West Virginia chapter of The Nature Conservancy.
Watch this video to understand the connection between preserving our forests and fresh drinking water in Pennsylvania.