The view from The Nature Conservancy's Brush Mountain Preserve in Pennsylvania.
Brush Mountain The view from The Nature Conservancy's Brush Mountain Preserve in Pennsylvania. © George C. Gress/TNC

Places We Protect

Brush Mountain Preserve

Pennsylvania

TNC staff and scientists from six states are working to save one of the world’s healthiest and most diverse deciduous temperate broadleaf forests.

Overview

Description

Overlooking the town of Altoona, The Nature Conservancy’s Brush Mountain Preserve is part of a large, intact mix of oak and hickory woodlands considered to be a high priority within the Central Appalachian Mountains landscape. In fact, TNC staff and scientists from six states are working throughout this region to save one of the world's healthiest, most biologically diverse deciduous temperate broadleaf forests. The site is also noted in the Blair County Natural Heritage Inventory as a County Natural Heritage Area and a Landscape Conservation Area.

Threats to This Preserve

Illegal ATV use and deer overbrowsing.

Milestones at This Preserve

The Conservancy conducted the first prescribed burn at the Brush Mountain Preserve in 2016 as part of its forest management plan. This burn was led by a Burn Boss from the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

Access

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Hours

Daily, from dawn to dusk

Highlights

Wild turkey, black bear, state-endangered Allegheny woodrat and timber rattlesnakes, a species of conservation concern in Pennsylvania.

Size

640 acres

Explore our work in this region

Brush Mountain serves as part of a nightly foraging area for federally endangered Indiana bats and as the largest maternity colony of little brown bats in Pennsylvania. The bat colony spends its days in Canoe Creek State Park, three miles east of Brush Mountain, earning its designation as part of the Canoe Creek Important Mammal Area. The preserve’s large, intact forest also serves as southern terminus of the Bald Eagle Ridge Important Bird Area, a significant migratory route for raptors and neotropical migrants.

Resources

Blue skies and white clouds frame distant mountains.
Brush Mountain Preserve
The Nature Conservancy is working throughout this region to save one of the world's healthiest, most biologically diverse deciduous temperate broadleaf forests.

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