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

North America’s largest moth

They only live a few days, so consider yourself fortunate if you have a chance encounter this striking and beautiful creature.

Apps for better birding, serious star gazing

Technology is making it simpler to know what you're looking at, or hearing, when you head out for a walk in the woods. Several apps bring new help to birdwatchers, soil scientists and stargazers...

The ancient bowfin – a unique fish

As you kayak along the Uwharrie River, you might run across a unique fish, the bowfin. It is the only surviving species of the order Amiiformes that dates to the Jurassic period, more than 70 million...

Listen to a guided tour of the Uwharrie Trail

A smart phone now makes it possible to have a guided tour of local nature and history as you hike the Uwharrie Trail. (Image: The Land Trust for Central North Carolina)

Freshwater mussels: tiny hitchhikers

North America has the highest diversity of mussels in the world. Mussels depend on host fish for reproduction, so they are also indicators of fish species health. (Photo: Crystal Cockman)