View of distant mountains under a blue sky.
Brush Mountain The view from The Nature Conservancy's Brush Mountain Preserve in Pennsylvania. © The Nature Conservancy/George C. Gress

Places We Protect

Brush Mountain Preserve

Pennsylvania

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

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 Earth’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

Illegal ATV Use and Deer Overbrowse

Milestones

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. 

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's staff and scientists from six states are working throughout this region to save one of the Earth’s healthiest, most biologically diverse, deciduous temperate broadleaf forests.

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