Montreat Wilderness Hike 2018

In 2018 the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy purchased 123 acres including the western flank and summit of Brushy Knob, one of the Seven Sisters near Black Mountain, NC. To celebrate the acquisition of this valuable conservation land we led an educational hike along the outer rim of the Montreat Wilderness. Participants learned about SAHC’s role in conservation in the Black Mountains and were able to see the new acquisition firsthand. The hike consisted of 3,000′ of elevation gain over 8.5 miles! The following is one participant’s reflection on the outing…

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In Remembrance: Bob Harvey

Robert Marsh Harvey passed away on Friday, June 8 this year. He  is survived by his wife of 64 years, Mabel Marie Stout Harvey, and many loving family members. After serving as a radio technician in San Diego, CA during World War II, Bob returned to civilian life and a career in radio and television. For many years he was devoted to service and advocacy for SAHC — clearing trails, “bashing” briars on the mountain balds, leading hikes and creating an informational tailgate display at Carvers Gap. Read more

Donor Perspective: Tom & Dawn Alligood

As a former real estate professional in Charlotte, Tom understands that you have to save land when you can.

He remembers his first visit to the Roan area, around Thanksgiving of 1978, when he and a friend backpacked the Appalachian Trail from the Cloudland Hotel site at Carvers Gap to Hampton, TN.

“It was my second backpacking trip ever,” he recalls. It was a physically challenging hike, but they created memories that would last a lifetime. Tom gained a love for Roan that would stay with him. He married Dawn in 1982 on Beech Mountain, overlooking the Roan and places SAHC had protected.

“What we love most about SAHC is how nimble the organization is, purchasing properties that come up for development and then helping to incorporate the land into public forests to be protected forever,” he says.

Tom has gone on lots of backpacking trips, attended June Jamboree hikes and has brought hundreds of people on the Roan over the past four decades. He and Dawn are also Legacy Society members, having included SAHC
in their will.

Thank you, Tom and Dawn, for sharing your love of the Roan!

Why We Give

PD_0064-1We’d like to extend a special ‘thank you’ to the Barnhardt family, who have been passionate supporters of SAHC for years and who graciously shared this message about why they support local land and water conservation.

“To whom much is given, much is expected.  Luke 12:48

We have tried to raise our children with this bible verse in mind. God has gifted all of us with a beautiful world, including our treasured Appalachian Highlands.  We raised our 3 children hoping to inspire a love of nature and the outdoors.  Every summer we hiked trails in the Smokies and Blue Ridge Mountains, traveled to waterfalls for swimming and sliding, and camped along mountain rivers where we went tubing, biking, fishing, and rock hopping. Read more

Ken and Lotta Murray: From DC to the AT, to the hills of TN

kenandlottaKen and Lotta Murray have transitioned from the hustle-and-bustle of Washington, DC, to the quiet coves of mountainous East Tennessee, carving out an idyllic home and garden on a tract where Ken’s great-grandfather homesteaded over 160 years ago. Introduced to SAHC while managing one of our conservation easement properties, they have become committed philanthropic leaders and engaged members, frequently exploring the Southern Appalachians through our guided group hikes.

Ken Murray became acquainted with SAHC when his mother, Katharine Tilson Murray, had the foresight to permanently protect the family homeplace with a conservation easement in 1999. Since retiring to the land in Unicoi County, where he often vacationed as child, Ken and his wife Lotta have become passionate supporters of SAHC, joining our Gray’s Lily Leadership Circle and frequently participating in guided outings on our other protected tracts. Read more

Benefitting SAHC through 1% for the Planet

robbie0020.jpgWe are extremely grateful to all our business and individual supporters for making local conservation possible. This year, SAHC benefited directly from 1% for the Planet, a global program that creates win-win-win situations for businesses, non-profits, and communities.

When he learned that SAHC was a direct beneficiary of 1% for the Planet, it was an easy decision for SAHC member and volunteer Robbie McLucas to join thousands of like-minded individuals and businesses who effect change by pledging to give one percent of their yearly incomes to environmental organizations. Read more