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.
TNC is in the process of enrolling Brush Mountain into the Working Woodlands program, which provides a comprehensive property-wide forest assessment and a Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified forest management plan. TNC will then implement a variety of forest management activities to restore the preserve to a healthier condition. This restoration effort is necessary due to extensive high-grading, a logging practice that takes the best trees and leaves a compromised forest.
Illegal ATV use and deer overbrowse.
TNC conducted the first prescribed burn at this property in the spring of 2016 as part of the forest management plan.