Crystal Cockman


Crystal Cockman is director of conservation for Three Rivers Land Trust, formerly The LandTrust for Central North Carolina, which focuses focus primarily on land protection and stewardship in the Uwharrie Region. In her free time she enjoys backpacking, hiking, reading, flyfishing, and pretty much anything outdoors.


Bachelor of science and master of environmental management graduate of Duke University.


Environment, land protection, Uwharries.

Stories by Crystal Cockman

A native stork – heading north?

North America’s only stork, the wood stork, has been spotted in Anson County, once thought to be out of its natural range. Habitat loss, pesticides, invasive plants and pythons threaten the species.

A small owl with a big song

You’re much more likely to hear than see a screech owl, so keep an ear out for their spooky song.

Jewelweed, the wildflower with exploding seed pods

The colorful blossoms of this wetland wildflower signal a plant with unusual qualities – seed pods that explode when touched and leaves that can relieve skin irritations, including poison ivy...

North Carolina’s rarest butterfly needs special habitat

North Carolina’s rarest butterfly depends for its survival on hard-to-find habitats formed by beaver ponds and fires. The butterfly is found almost exclusively on Fort Bragg artillery ranges.

The wind in our willows

With more than 400 species of deciduous trees and shrubs, willows are found throughout the Northern Hemisphere as well as in myth, legend and literature.