Through the Pine Mountain Wildlands Corridor, KNLT is working to connect existing protected areas on Pine Mountain to form a contiguous forested migratory corridor from Virginia to Tennessee, a distance of nearly 125 miles. Large forest tracts are extremely important for the survival of many different plants and animals, as well as, to the health of the forest itself. KNLT partners with state, federal and nonprofit partners to identify those areas most in need of protection, negotiates the purchase of land with willing sellers, and implements a stewardship plan.
The largest conservation effort in Kentucky history.
Pine Mountain Wildlands Corridor Goals:
Approximately one-third of Pine Mountain is protected by a matrix of different types of protected areas. The following is a list of these protected areas. The lead managing agency/organization is listed in parenthesis.
= KNLT Preserve
= Preserve KNLT helped to protect
Pine Mountain is home to nearly 100 known rare plants and animals, some of which are found nowhere else in the entire world. The mountain is part of the mixed mesophytic forest, one of the most diverse temperate zone forest in the world, and supports many unique natural communities. Eastern hellbenders, American black bears, blackside dace, painted trilliums, and cerulean warblers are some of the many unique species that depend upon the mountain.
View a full list of the documented rare species and natural communities known from Pine Mountain: PineMountain_RareSpeciesNatCommunityReport.pdf
The following is a list of rare species and natural communities known from Pine Mountain. The names are linked to species accounts on NatureServe Explorer.