Leading the way in landscape-scale stewardship of the globally significant and fragile ecosystems of the Highlands of Roan.
What are the Highlands of Roan?
The Roan Massif is a tight cluster of mountains and ridges that straddles the border of North Carolina and Tennessee. Also known as the Highlands of Roan or Roan Highlands, this area contains many peaks that reach above 5,000 and 6,000 ft. elevation, considered high elevations of the southern Appalachians. The geographic characteristics and terrain of the Roan Highlands have created unique pockets of habitat and biodiversity at these highest elevations.
Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy leads volunteer work days throughout the summer to help manage grassy balds habitat in the Roan Highlands. We have also led volunteer work days to plant red spruce seedlings, remove invasive species, and more.
SAHC partners with researchers, educators, and volunteers in restoring and monitoring habitat for rare plants and animals.
The globally important ecosystems and rare endemic species of the Roan Highlands require care and cooperation. Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy has led coordination of collective efforts to protect and manage the Roan Highlands for decades. This committee involves diverse agencies, organizations, clubs, landowners, and more.