Potomac Conservancy purchased White Horse Mountain this spring, halting development plans on a 1,700-acre forest in West Virginia. 


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With the deed in hand, we have permanently protected one of the largest remaining tracts of undeveloped forest in our region!

Saving White Horse is a huge conservation win for clean water, healthy habitats, and rural heritage. The mountain’s forests provide pure waters to the South Branch of the Potomac River, the same waters you view downstream at Great Falls, the Lincoln Memorial, and Mt. Vernon. And the same waters we tap for drinking water!

We could not have saved White Horse without public support. Over 250 individuals took action to save White Horse and raised over $37,000 in a special crowdsourcing campaign. Support from the community and institutional sponsors covered the closing costs – permanently protecting this untamed wilderness forever.

Now, we need your help to give back the mountain to its rightful owners: the public!

White Horse Mountain will become a new public conservation area where adults and children alike can explore, play, and experience nature. Before it can open, we need to raise an additional $887,000 to repay the $3.2 million loan in-full and transfer its management to the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources. 


Help us make White Horse a public playground!