This page was updated on July 21, 2021.
The Nature Conservancy has quadrupled the size of its Cove Mountain Preserve in Pennsylvania. This expansion creates a vital link of connected forest along one of the most important landscapes for climate adaptation in the state and the Appalachians. Formerly managed for timber production, TNC’s portion of the newly completed 14-mile corridor along Kittatinny Ridge will now be managed to support forest health and climate resiliency.
As climate change causes temperatures to rise, this protected area will become even more important for plant and animal species that need to move farther north or to higher elevations to survive. “The Conservancy has been given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to protect a critical piece of property and help ensure these forests will remain connected and healthy,” says Lori Brennan, executive director of TNC in Pennsylvania and Delaware.
A recent Nature Conservancy acquisition near Roslyn, Washington, may be small—just 20 acres—but it links hundreds of thousands of protected acres in the Central Cascades. Made possible through a generous bequest from a longtime TNC supporter, the addition connects the city’s Roslyn Urban Forest to the TNC-managed Central Cascades Forest and complements the community’s decades-old vision for a regional trail system.
The property will be safeguarded from growing residential development pressures and will reduce recreational pressures on more critical wildlife corridors. Roslyn resident and TNC Forests Partnerships Manager Darcy Batura says, “I’m thrilled to see TNC secure this land. It was a strategic purchase in a key location that provides connection to so many other important conservation and recreation lands.”