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

Funds can help save farmland from development

Agriculture and agribusiness are a big part of the North Carolina economy, and several programs and funds are available to assist farmers in protecting farmland.

Swallows that deserve our notice

Barn swallows are common, cliff swallows less so. But this small species of bird has a remarkable story.

A pair of swallowtails

With spring upon us, many Charlotteans might have already taken notice of the numerous butterflies seen dancing around the area. Chances are you've run into an Eastern tiger swallowtail, the...

A spider of a different color

One of the most abundant fall wildflowers is the yellow goldenrod. That flower also happens to be one of the favorite hunting grounds of a unique spider, the crab spider (Misumena vatia).

Looking more closely at those pesky yellow jackets

Yellow jackets are all too common, and I was reminded of this when one flew over to bug me as I tried to eat lunch outdoors. Sometimes mistaken for bees, they are a predatory wasp. But annoying as...