On October 8, 1960 a small group of students and faculty from West Virginia University launched private land conservation in West Virginia. On that day, this unassuming group of conservation heroes worked through The Nature Conservancy, a national group just getting started, to purchase what’s now known as Cranesville Swamp Preserve, near Morgantown, in order to establish an outdoor classroom for nature study. Just three years later, in 1963, the Conservancy established a permanent foothold in the state when the West Virginia Chapter was chartered.
Today, the Conservancy is the most successful private land trust in the state—one that’s grown to protect some 120,000 acres of the state’s finest natural areas. For decades we’ve been protecting iconic areas like Panther Knob, Slaty Mountain and Brush Creek.
In honor of this legacy, and to inspire another 50 years of conservation success, Frances Hamilton White has agreed to contribute $100,000 in matching contributions to the Conservancy in West Virginia.
There is no better time than now to show how much you value West Virginia’s lands and waters. Your gift to nature today will help us continue to protect the lands you enjoy and explore—and the wildlife that depend on it.
For a limited time only, your new or increased gift to nature and the state you love will be matched dollar for dollar, helping to ensure that future generations can enjoy the precious natural beauty of Wild, Wonderful West Virginia.
August 21, 2013