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

September 13
Volunteer Work Day
Round Bald in the Roan

September 19
"For Love of Beer & Mtns"
Thunderstruck Release Party

September 20
"For Love of Beer & Mtns"
Clawhammer Hike

September 27
Many Moods of McCartney Benefit Concert, Asheville

October 1
Agricultural Equipment Demo
Our Community Farm

October 11
"For Love of Beer & Mtns"
Thunderstruck Hike

October 11
Sandy Mush Cycle to Farm
by Velo Girl Rides

October 18
Yoga on the Mountain
Fairview Farming Community

October 25
Snowball Mtn Hike
Near Craggy Gardens

Click here for our full calendar.

SAHC in Recent News

Prominent Hikers Bridge Political Differences
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Secretary Jewell calls for Conservation Funding
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Raft Out the Trash
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