Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy’s annual June Jamboree is a celebration of land protection and resource management in the stunning Highlands of Roan. This year, we continue our annual celebration of outdoor recreation and conservation in the Roan Highlands, along with other SAHC focus areas, with a week-long schedule of virtual events as well as a month-long challenge to get involved in citizen-science! Join us for one or all of these events. Can’t make it? All events will be recorded and shared on our YouTube channel.
Straddling the Tennessee and North Carolina border, the tight cluster of peaks and ridges known as the Roan Massif is a showcase of globally significant biological diversity, punctuated by Appalachian grassy balds, rhododendron gardens, high-elevation rock outcrops, southern Appalachian bogs, and rich spruce-fir forests. The Roan’s ecosystems contain one of the richest repositories of temperate zone biodiversity on Earth.
Monday, June 7 at 12 pm
Presented by Travis Knowles
Roan Mountain’s grassy balds have delighted hikers for decades. They also represent a long, enduring mystery for ecologists and biogeographers. What explains their presence and persistence in this landscape and why are they so special?
This presentation will address what we know about these fabled grasslands’ history, including a summary timeline, as well as remaining uncertainties. We’ll examine these unique ecosystems in the context of protecting this landscape for the future. Join us for this FREE virtual event to learn more about the history of the Roan balds and have an opportunity to interact with a Roan expert.