Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy
Protecting the World's Oldest Mountains

Support SAHC - Volunteer

Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy is a volunteer based organization. People volunteer their time for several reasons: they have a desire to “give back” to the community; they believe in the Land Trust mission; and they want to meet new people and have some fun. Whatever the reason, volunteers know they are helping to protect beautiful landscapes, local agriculture and open space in our community. Read about some of our recent volunteer stories here.

Interested in joining our team? Please complete the following form to help our staff match your interests with the volunteer opportunities available.


For more information on volunteer opportunities, please contact Cheryl Fowler at or 828.253.0095 ext 209.

The Stan Murray Award for Volunteer Services

In 1989 the Stanley A. Murray Award for Volunteer Service was created to honor persons who have made outstanding volunteer contributions to the work of SAHC, emulating the lifelong dedication of our founder, Stanley A. Murray.

Award Recipients:

1989 – Richard M. Currie, Jr., Kingsport, TN
1990 – Bob Harvey, Newland, NC
1991 – Ed Schell, Johnson City, TN
1992 – Darrol Nickels, Kingsport, TN
1993 – Helen Hollingsworth, Johnson City, TN
1994 – Arthur Smith, Kingsport, TN
1995 – Tom Gatti, Kingsport, TN
1996 – Harry R. “Hank” Gamble, Johnson City, TN
1997 – Dan & Rosalie Russo, Jonesborough, TN
1998 – William Smith, Asheville, NC
1999 – Jim Gears, West Chester, PA
2000 – Bob Young, Bakersville, NC
2001 – Frank Oglesby, Sr., Kingsport, TN
2002 – Dr. Charles T. McCullough, Jr., Asheville, NC
2003 – David Ramsey, Johnson City, TN
2004 – Anita Reilly, Kingsport, TN
2005 – Bob Harvey, Newland, NC
2006 – Maxine Dalton, Spring Creek, NC
2007 – Jim Gears & Karel Bernady, Chester Springs, PA
2008 – Rob Biller, Elizabethton, TN
2009 – David Hall, Roan Mountain, TN
2010 – Stephen Carr and Josh Peart, Asheville, NC
2011 – Mike Green, Asheville, NC
2012 – Warren Wilson Forestry Students
2013 – Carol Coffey, David Goforth, Mike Fisher, Jamie Burnham, Bill Ryan and Bruce Byers
for leadership of the Roany Boyz.

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Upcoming events

Saturday, April 12
Wildflower Extravaganza/
Bill Popper Memorial Hike
Near Burnsville, NC

Thursday, May 15
Appalachian Spring
40th Anniversary Celebration!
Highland Brewing Company

Saturday, May 17
"For Love of Beer & Mountains" Little Hump Partnership Hike
Highlands of Roan

Sunday, May 18
Yoga on the Mountain
Fairview Farming Community

Saturday, June 7
Land Trust Day

Saturday, June 14
June Jamboree

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SAHC in Recent News

Protecting Prime Farmland
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Preserving Land for Work & Play
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SAHC protects 105 acres of Bob Moog's land at Briar Cove
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