The Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy has been protecting land and water resources in the mountains of Western North Carolina and East Tennessee for more than 45 years, safeguarding over 75,000 acres for present and future generations. Thank you for taking the next step to learn more about SAHC and become involved. You can make a difference by helping to protect plant and animal habitat, clean water, farmland, scenic beauty, and places for outdoor recreation.
We offer guided hikes and outings to connect people with protected places. You are invited to enjoy upcoming special events, educational workshops, and more.
Check out our blog and read about conservation successes we have been able to accomplish with the help of our donors and supporters.
Join us by becoming a member today so you can ensure that more of the places you love will be protected for generations.
Here are a few Highlights of SAHC’s Conservation Work:
Sensitive, Rare Habitat
In 2018, SAHC purchased 234 acres at Yellow Spot in the Highlands of Roan, securing high elevation wildlife habitat and permanently protecting a corridor linking Pisgah National Forest with our protected Fork Mountain Preserve in Mitchell County, NC. This acquisition protected rare plant and animal habitat, wildlife corridors, scenic views, and sources of clean water along an important high elevation ridgeline. Read More…
Places for Outdoor Recreation
Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy works with federal, state, and local partners to protect land for inclusion in public forests and parks. You can enjoy the places we have protected when you visit Mt. Mitchell State Park, hike the Appalachian Trail, splash in streams at Rocky Fork State Park, or go birdwatching in Hampton Creek Cove. Check out this map to see some of the SAHC-protected places you can enjoy.
Local Farms for Local Food
Farmland conservation permanently protects important soils and land for agricultural production. By working with local farmers to permanently protect their land with agricultural conservation easements, SAHC protects soil resources and ensures that the land will be available for farming long into the future. Protecting local farms helps sustain our local food industry. Read more about the farming families of Rogers Cove…