The Central Appalachian Mountains, which includes West Virginia, is one of the most biologically rich landscapes in the continental United States. Many species here exist nowhere else on Earth, flourishing due to the region’s variation in topography, elevation, geology, climate and drainage patterns.
Home to one of the world’s richest temperate broadleaf deciduous forest, West Virginia also boasts habitats like dry shale barrens and cedar glades, fire-maintained pine barrens, high-elevation heathlands and grass balds, peatlands and other wetlands, natural ponds, spruce forests and caves.
The Nature Conservancy’s strategies to conserving West Virginia’s natural treasures are collaborative, science-based and holistic. This approach enables us to preserve healthy ecosystems capable of supporting people and nature for generations to come.
The Conservancy is actively engaged in: