Kentucky Natural Lands Trust



Established in 1995, KNLT worked in partnership with the Office of Kentucky Nature Preserves to raise more than $3 million to protect Blanton Forest on Pine Mountain, the largest old- growth forest remaining in the state. KNLT’s efforts expanded into a variety of conservation projects with a focus on the Pine Mountain Wildlands Corridor. Pine Mountain spans more than 120 miles from Tennessee to Virginia, with over 110,000 acres in Kentucky. The mountain is a refuge for thousands of plants and animals, nearly 100 which are rare and a few are found nowhere else in the world. It is the largest intact ecosystem remaining in Kentucky and connects large swaths of protected land in Tennessee and Virginia.

Mission Statement

Kentucky Natural Lands Trust (KNLT) is a nationally accredited nonprofit organization committed to protecting, connecting and restoring wildlands in ways that ensure the resiliency, health and sustainability of communities.

Program Details

KNLT’s fundamental focus is protecting, connecting and restoring wildlands. Our key project area lies within one of the most biologically diverse temperate forests on Earth and is part of a major wildlife corridor through Eastern North America. Our objective is to connect existing federal, state and nonprofit conservation areas along the mountain to form a contiguous wildlands corridor that protects biodiversity and a climate resilient landscape in ways that also help local communities. The resiliency of local, regional and global communities relies on functioning natural systems that can withstand threats through adaptation and change.
Through partnerships, KNLT has protected tens of thousands of acres statewide. Our work remains focused on advancing on the ground conservation of wildlands while promoting and celebrating the diverse ways these wild places are important to a holistic, just, equitable and sustainable existence on Earth.
Primary Issue
Climate Change
433 Chestnut Street
Berea, KY 40403
United States
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