A Force of Nature: E. Lucy Braun

A Force for Nature: Lucy Braun is a newly released one-hour documentary about the life and legacies of E. Lucy Braun (1888-1971), one of the foremost ecologists in American history. KNLT is pleased to have played a small part in the film and is honored to be one of the many contributors. The documentary covers […]

Remembering KNLT Co-Founder Tom Dupree, Sr.

Kentucky Natural Lands Trust is celebrating the life of Tom Dupree, Sr., one of Kentucky’s greatest conservation supporters, who passed away last week. Tom Dupree, Sr. was a founding board member of KNLT and supported our efforts to preserve Kentucky’s wildlands for more than two decades. He was an early supporter of KNLT’s partnership with […]

Wildlands Conservation Commitment Continues with Planned Leadership Transition

By Marc Evans, KNLT Board Chair Kentucky Natural Lands Trust is rooted in sound conservation science, as well as passion and creativity. An intrepid and committed group of conservation-minded friends founded KNLT in 1995 with a determination to help save Kentucky’s largest remaining tract of old growth forest – actions that launched one of the […]

AmeriCorps NCCC Team River 50 Serves on Pine Mountain

by Jaclyn Ermoyan AmeriCorps NCCC Class 24 Corps Member, River 50 Media Representative Black bear sighting, mountaintop hiking, and log cabin living. This is how composite team River 50 started their time together on November 21st. The team served with Kentucky Natural Lands Trust (KNLT) in Harlan, KY, for four weeks to assist in trail […]

Pine Mountain & the High Line

We were honored to be highlighted as part of Wild Open Spaces: Re-envisioning Public Lands from Harlan County to the High Line, a talk held in late November in New York City. Bronx painter, Rebecca Allan, attended KNLT’s artists’ retreat earlier this year and was so moved by Pine Mountain and our work that she […]

Fall Artists’ Retreat 2017

KNLT held our fall artists’ retreat on Pine Mountain in mid-October. We brought together an eclectic group of artists with different disciplines from various geographies to engage them in our Pine Mountain Wildlands Corridor project. The retreat was held at the Pine Mountain Settlement School and included an outing to Bad Branch State Nature Preserve […]

Trail Camera: Bear & Three Cubs

KNLT has been documenting wildlife on Pine Mountain with trail cameras similar to the one found on https://feedthatgame.com/bushnell-wireless-trail-camera/. The cameras are placed in strategic locations and have resulted into some wonderful photos and videos. This fall we captured footage of an American black bear mother and her three cubs near Blanton Forest State Nature Preserve. […]

KNLT Summer Artists’ Retreat 2017

KNLT hosted a summer artists’ retreat on Pine Mountain in early June. We invited a diverse group of artists for the weekend to engage them in our Pine Mountain Wildlands Corridor project, the largest conservation effort ever undertaken in Kentucky. The historic Pine Mountain Settlement School offered the group a lovely setting for the retreat […]

John Muir’s Southern Trek, 150 Years

John Muir is one of America’s best-known and influential naturalists and conservationists. This year marks the sesquicentennial of Muir’s thousand-mile walk across the southeastern U.S. (1867-68). Longtime KNLT partner and collaborator Chuck Roe was inspired to retrace the path of Muir’s long walk, but with a different focus—that being by telling the story of land […]

A Journey Through Myxomycetes: A Forest Steward Perspective

Hemitrichia serpula by Randy Darrah

by Derrick Lindsay, KNLT Forest Steward My journey with slime molds all began in an introductory biology course taught by Dr. Adam Rollins at Lincoln Memorial University, little did I know that the course would shape my future and my perspective of nature and slime molds. This all happened with the introduction to a little […]

KNLT Fall Artists’ Retreat 2016

KNLT recently hosted our fourth artists’ retreat on Pine Mountain. We hosted 17 artists for the weekend to engage them in our Pine Mountain Wildlands Corridor project, the largest conservation effort ever undertaken in Kentucky. We stayed at the lovely, historic Pine Mountain Settlement School and spent the weekend showing them the wonders of the […]

World Wood Web

KNLT’s efforts to protect, connect and restore wildlands is rooted in the foundation that biodiversity is a web of life that is essential to sustaining all life on the planet. This web of life is so complex that science continues to make new discoveries about its connections and functions. The emerging science helps illustrate the […]

KNLT Spring Artists’ Retreat 2016

KNLT recently hosted a spring artists’ retreat on Pine Mountain. We invited 15 artists for the weekend to engage them in our Pine Mountain Wildlands Corridor project and to show them the wonders of the mountain in hopes they would be inspired by their time with us. We stayed at the historic Pine Mountain Settlement […]

Helping Fort Knox Manage for Bats

By Cody Stephens, KNLT Lead Forestry/Wildlife Tech KNLT launched a new innovative partnership with Fort Knox Military Installation in 2014, hiring a crew of forestry & wildlife technicians to assist the U.S. Army post with forest management aimed at improving habitat for federally listed bats. Funding for this project was provided through the Imperiled Bat […]

The Wildlands of Pine Mountain

KNLT has completed production of our short film The Wildlands of Pine Mountain. The film was shown at film festivals in Louisville and Morehead over the last few months. We are pleased to now share it with you and encourage you to share it with your friends. Wildlands are an essential part of life on […]

KNLT Co-Founder Remembered

We wanted to offer a few words of remembrance for Donald Harker, a visionary and lifelong champion for a better planet who died in Oregon last week. Don was formative in so many of Kentucky’s environmental firsts and natural areas conservation initiatives. He offered guidance and inspiration for a whole generation of conservation workers in […]

A Natural Commonwealth

by Greg Abernathy, KNLT Assistant Director Kentucky is a place of great natural beauty defined by both its cultural and natural heritage. This commonwealth of lush forests and flowing rivers sustains and inspires, yet has been exploited for nearly two centuries. Kentucky’s resiliency, as well as the world’s, is dependent upon functioning natural systems that […]

A Normal Day on the Mountain

By Marc Evans, KNLT Board Chair On a recent visit to Pine Mountain I decided, as I often do, to drive a little bit on the Little Shepherd Trail before heading home. As you may know, there is no “little bit” on the Little Shepherd Trail, so I often argue with myself about whether or […]