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.