(ALL INTERNAL RIGHTS) Camping and hiking in the Central Cascades near Cle Elum, Washington. Photo credit: © Caleb and Ariana Babcock
Colorado Scenic vista at Fishers Peak © Lauryn Wachs/TNC


Nature Briefs

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 flyfisher stands in still water and casts a fishing line with a forested mountain in the distance.
Cove Mountain Preserve The expanded Cove Mountain Preserve will significantly increase recreational access in the area and help bring in tourists, who will contribute to the local economy. © Matt Kane/TNC


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.”
A 20-acre purchase helps to link a backcountry trail system from the town of Roslyn, Washington to the Central Cascades.
Roslyn, Washington A 20-acre purchase helps to link a backcountry trail system from the town of Roslyn, Washington to the Central Cascades. © Brian Straniti/TNC