The Nature Conservancy in West Virginia announced the purchase of 1,143 acres along the Allegheny Front in the Dolly Sods and Canaan Valley region.
This announcement came during the Conservancy’s annual ‘Corporate Council for the Environment’ dinner Thursday evening.
Roughly 500 acres of the Allegheny Front project borders the Conservancy’s popular Bear Rocks preserve. The acquisition will double the area of the preserve and expand hiking and wildlife opportunities.
State Director of the Conservancy in West Virginia said in a statement, “For decades, we have worked with partners and supporters to protect the incredibly important Canaan Valley-Dolly sods landscape as a keystone of the Central Appalachians. The Allegheny Front property is a biologically important gem and plays an immense role in West Virginia’s ability to support and promote tourism, provide drinking water and clean air to the eastern United States and stand as a resilient stronghold for people and wildlife. This success is a great stride forward for our vision of connected lands and waters that support a thriving future for people and nature”.
Donations from the Ann C. and Robert O. Orders Jr. Family Foundation, as well as Dave Montgomery of Maryland made the project possible.