Preserving the Eastern Forest’s beauty, balance & biodiversity

Current Wildlands Campaign  –  17 Properties – 1756 acres of land

10 acquisitions, 2 donations, 2 bequests, 3 conservation easements, 2 new stewardship hubs

Click here for the Arc’s 2023 Campaign news magazine



In the last two-plus decades, the Arc of Appalachia has grown into a system of two dozen preserve regions protecting nearly 10,000 acres of natural areas. This was accomplished through our supporters and just a handful of Arc staff members working out of a single headquarters at the Highlands Nature Sanctuary in Highland County, Ohio. Imagine what the Arc would look like in the near future if we expanded our land acquisition and stewardship hubs by a factor of three? In truth, our stewardship will need to grow to keep up with our ever-increasing acreage.

Although establishing new stewardship hubs requires substantial funds and may take years to complete, the good news is that we only have to raise money once for them to be sustained forever. We are currently inviting donations and bequest pledges for TWO new regional stewardship hubs – one at Tremper Mound and one in Hocking Hills. In the longer term we aim for two more – one in the Kokosing & Killbuck Watersheds of Knox & Holmes Counties, and one at Quiverheart Preserve in Adams County.

The most intact wildlands awaiting preservation in all of Ohio lie in Ohio’s 32 Appalachian counties, and they are disappearing fast. It is our aim to save them while we still can, and to do so, we are thinking BIG and we are planning ahead.  Click on pictures or text for deeper information.