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.