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

Crockpot squirrel, beaver pot roast, catfish dip: Spotlighting wild food

Growing up, we had a lot of wild foods – things like persimmon pudding and blackberry pie – which at the time I never realized might be considered anything unusual.

The ruffed grouse

The ruffed grouse is North America’s most widely distributed game bird. Crystal Cockman shares her experience hunting grouse in the West Virginia mountains.

Uwharries natural world shaped folklife and culture

Crafting knives, guns and baskets by hand. Gathering wild plants for medicine. Whispering a Bible verse over a burn to take away the pain. Those might sound like lost traditions, but they're still...

‘Friends of’ groups support local environment

Small groups of people can have a big impact. Find out about some of these groups working for a better environment in our region.  

Paddling the Rocky River

The Rocky River is a little known paddling pleasure found in our region. Starting in Mooresville, it continues into Cabarrus, Union, Stanly and Anson counties, before joining the Pee Dee River.