Appalachian Spring 2019

Join us in celebrating SAHC’s 45th Anniversary at USA Raft Adventure Resort outpost on the banks of the Nolichucky River in Tennessee! This year, we have an extra-special annual Appalachian Spring Conservation Celebration planned, with outdoor adventures available thanks to our generous friends at USA Raft Adventure Resort.


Discounted Rafting Adventures

Before the event, guests have the option of two rafting trips. Please note: You will need to book these activities through USA RAFT, using the links and discount codes below.

  • Nolichucky Gorge Half Day Trip – Class 3-4, begins at 1:30 pm, back by 5 pm. Use promo code SAHCGORGE for a 25% discount; total $56 per person. Click HERE to register.
  • Lower Nolichucky Half Day Trip – Class 1-2, begins at 2 pm, back by 4:30 pm.  You can take inflatable kayaks on this section.  Use promo code SAHCLOWER for a 25% discount; total $34 per person. Click HERE to register.

If you would like to bring your own kayak – then you can join the trip for FREE. 

On-site Pre-Event Activities begin at 3 pm

These activities are offered FREE for Appalachian Spring guests:

Stand-up Paddleboard with instructors on site. Boards of all different shapes and sizes for kids to adults. Come prepared to get your feet wet!

Onewheel lessons and demo on site for all ages.

Self – Guided Hikes – Options of 3 different hikes to discover nature’s beauty along the Nolichucky or Appalachian Trail: 15 minute stroll along the Nolichucky, 1 hour or 2 hour along the AT.

Fly fishing – A guide will be on hand for demos and equipment use. No license required.

Plant Walk with HERBalachia — 4 pm

Join Michelle Bouton of HERBalachia for a brief introduction to several of our most appreciated wild foods and medicines in the eastern TN bio-region. When we visit plants in their natural habitat, we are introduced to plant communities, giving us hints as to the delicate balance of interrelationship of plant species, natural environment, and human interaction. We will discuss basic wildcrafting ethics and reciprocation: what can we give back? Good footwear and a hand lens (if you have one) are useful.

Appalachian Spring Conservation Celebration – 5 pm to 8 pm

Enjoy a stunning setting, surrounded by lush mountains and the gorgeous Nolichucky River while the ETSU Old-Time Ramblers perform. We will have a silent auction with exciting outdoor packages — and all proceeds benefit ongoing conservation efforts. Dinner will be catered by Southern Craft BBQ, with veg options.

Join us in honoring the 2019 Stanley A. Murray Volunteers of the Year. 

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.

This year, we honor the Tennessee Eastman Hiking and Canoeing Club for its extraordinary volunteer help over the years, particularly in 2018 managing Golden-winged Warbler habitat around our Grassy Ridge “Birdhouse” property. TEHCC members made numerous trips to the Grassy Ridge property to open up 2.5 acres of new habitat for Golden-winged warblers. They donated fuel, equipment, and more than 383 hours cutting locusts on the property, then spent another 403 hours de-barking and transporting the locust to be used in repairing sections of the Appalachian Trail across the Roan Highlands. In addition, several members of the club participated in trail planning and building on our Elk Hollow preserve.

Appalachian Spring Tickets:

$35 member, $40 non-member.  $25 Student/AmeriCorps. $50 at the door.
Includes: Dinner (veg option),  beer/wine/drinks, music, and on-site activities.

Prefer to purchase tickets by check? Use the form below to register now, and send your payment to SAHC, 372 Merrimon Ave, Asheville, NC 28801 (please note Appalachian Spring on payment).

  • Please list Appalachian Spring registrants for the guest list, separated by commas. Providing ages for any kids attending would be helpful for planning.

Thank you to our Event Sponsors!



Wilson Worley PC, Attorneys at Law

Asheville Hiking Tours

2018 Appalachian Spring

When: Thursday, May 31 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm

 Where: Salvage Station, Asheville, NC

Join us for a conservation celebration by the French Broad River! Our annual Appalachian Spring event will feature LIVE music from award-winning artist Daniel Shearin and friends. You won’t want to miss this performance from Asheville locals who blend American and traditional influences to create an eclectic vibe!

The Salvage Station is a riverfront special events venue, concert hall, restaurant and full service bar located in the historic River Arts District along the French Broad River.  Dinner (included in ticket price) will be catered from the Salvage Station and will include options for vegan/vegetarian diets.

This year we celebrate 44 years of conservation success stories, with over 73,000 protected acres. As part of this event, SAHC members will also honor and elect Trustees for the organization, and we will recognize the 2018 Volunteers of the Year for their exceptional commitment to conservation! We will honor French Broad River Academy students for their spirited and hard-working service — removing invasive species and assisting with trail building, shortleaf pine restoration, and much more at our Community Farm.

PLUS – every attendee at Appalachian Spring will receive a $10 gear card from Diamond Brand Outdoors, which works as a gift card for any purchase $20+!

Enjoy views of the French Broad River from the ample outdoor spaces of the event venue. The French Broad River Valley is one of SAHC’s six geographic conservation focus areas. Our conservation work protects high elevation headwater sources and streams flowing throughout the French Broad River watershed — including our recent conservation easement on the Marshall Watershed property and a section of stream we restored at our Community Farm.

Ticket price includes: Dinner and music. Cash bar – Salvage Station is offering $2 off draft brews for our event.

Dinner Menu:

  • Smoked, Pulled Pork with spread of all in-house made bbq sauces
  • Curry Tempeh
  • Kale Greens
  • Beans and Rice
  • Corn Bread or Dinner Rolls
  • Dessert

Bring your friends for fun tunes and a lively party as you share the world of conservation!

Tickets In Advance:

SAHC Members: $30 | Non-members: $35
Student/Project Power: $20
Child Ages 7 -13: $10 |  6 & under: Free

$40 at the door

PLEASE be sure to use the “Add a note” field in your shopping cart to list names (and ages if including children) for EVERYONE for whom you are purchasing tickets. When you arrive at the event, these names will be on our registration guest list — just check in. No need to print tickets!

SAHC Members: Please Vote!


Thank you to our event sponsors!



Meet our 2018 Stanley A. Murray Volunteers of the year: French Broad River Academy Students

Appalachian Spring 2017

We had a wonderful time with all of our members, friends, and guests last night at Yee-Haw Brewing Company in Johnson City, TN. Congratulations to our new/returning Trustees — David Erwin, Rick Manske, John Mason, Laura McCue, and Cynthia Poortenga. Thank you to our outgoing Trustees — Courtney Blossman, Jack Hamilton, Bill Lowndes, and Kathy Singleton — for your years of dedicated service to land and water conservation on behalf of Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy. Congratulations to Kirk Watson of Causeway Interactive, the recipient of our 2017 Stanley A. Murray Award for Volunteer Service, and a big thank you to all our sponsors and raffle item donors for helping make our event a resounding success. It was a wonderful night for our annual Appalachian Spring conservation celebration, benefit, and member event.

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Appalachian Spring Member Celebration



We will hold this year’s annual membership celebration at Yee-Haw Brewing in Johnson City, TN.

When: May 18 from 6 to 8 pm


Parking for this event will be at the Johnson City Farmer’s Market, which is a SHORT walk from Yee-Haw Brewing Co.

Take Exit 23 to TN-91 SE/E Market St. from I-26, and head towards downtown Johnson City (right if coming from Kingsport/left if coming from Asheville). Please note — E. Market St. is a ONE WAY street. The road will take a slight curve to the right and become W. Market St. At the next intersection, take a left on Commerce St, and then another immediate left onto W. Main St. (another ONE WAY street). The Johnson City Farmer’s Market and parking will be on your right. LOOK for our SAHC event sign! At the end of the parking lot, take the pedestrian crossing across the railroad tracks to the Appalachian Spring celebration at Yee-Haw Brewing Co. (look for our bright green tent outside the back of the building). Registration will be located around the building at the front (near the water tower).

Please note: There is limited parking available at the front of Yee-Haw Brewing (near the water tower) — but please help us leave these spaces open for people who may have difficulty walking over from the Farmer’s Market.

Join us in celebrating 43 years of conservation and more than 70,000 protected acres!

“Thanks to the tireless efforts of SAHC, there is now a far greater awareness and deeper appreciation for our region’s natural treasures,” said David Ramsey, former SAHC Trustee and manager at Mahoney’s Outfitters. “From the world renowned Roan Highlands to Hampton Creek Cove State Natural Area, and more recently our brand new Rocky Fork State Park, we see the amazing work of SAHC in the protected mountain landscape of Northeast Tennessee.”

Enjoy good times with friends and music by Redleg Husky (an Americana band from Asheville, NC), raffle to win exciting prizes, and savor a few of Yee-Haw’s local brews.

“Yee-Haw Brewing Company is very excited to host the SAHC membership event, on May 18th,” says David McDaniel, Yee-Haw Taproom General Manager. “It is our goal to help organizations like the SAHC succeed and be effective, and, in turn, ensure the success of the region around us.” Yee-Haw Brewing will donate $1.00 to SAHC from each beer sold at the event! 

Help honor our 2017 Stanley A. Murray Volunteer of the Year award winner and recognize the commitment of devoted Trustees and volunteers.

This is a family-friendly event, with outdoor games.

Tickets: $15 at the door (advance ticket sales have closed)

Food will be available for purchase onsite from White Duck Taco (starting at $3.50/taco).

IMPORTANT: If you are an SAHC member and CANNOT attend the Appalachian Spring member event, please submit this PROXY FORM

As part of the Appalachian Spring member celebration, the Annual Membership Meeting of the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy, the membership will elect nominees to the SAHC Board of Trustees. The Board recommends the nomination of John Mason of Asheville, NC; Cynthia Poortenga of Kingsport, TN; and David Erwin of Asheville, NC to be nominated for a first three-year term, and Rick Manske of Asheville, NC and Laura McCue of Arden, NC be nominated to a second three-year term. The nominees are active members of the Conservancy who have generously agreed to devote their time and talents on its behalf.

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Thank You to our event sponsors!

Wilson Worley Moore Gamble & Stout PC

And to our benefit raffle contributors:

USA Raft 

Aloft Hotel

ALPS Mountaineering

Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium

Bellagio Art to Wear

Benjamin Walls Gallery

Bettye Boone

Biltmore House

Black Dome Mountain Sports

Blind Squirrel Brewery


Boone Street Farmers Market


Carol Coffey

Carolyn Novak


Common Ground/Screen Door

Coralie Tweed Morgan

Dancing Bear Toys

David Ramsey

Diamond Brand Outdoors


Eagle Optics

Eagles Nest Outfitters (ENO)

Evergreen of Kingsport

French Broad Chocolate Lounge

Hampton Trails Bicycle Shop

Hands on! Regional Museum

Jack Dalton

John Beaudet

Klean Kanteen



Liberty Bikes

Mahoney’s Outfitters

Mountain Khakis

Navitat Canopy Adventures

New Morning Gallery

Norris Bicycles, LLC


O.P. Taylor

Orvis Outfitters

Sandy Mush Herb Nursery

Shoji Spa & Lodge

Southern Craft BBQ


Ventures Birding

Witt Langstaff Photography


‘Twas indeed a lovely Appalachian Spring

img_3963You couldn’t ask for a more Appalachian setting, with flair. As guests arrived at the Farmhouse Gallery and Gardens on May 21, they were greeted by the eerie screams of peacocks who live on the property and nonchalantly flaunt their remarkable feathers. The weather was a little iffy – with threatening clouds hovering overhead much of the time, but we were grateful that the rain held off and the cover helped keep temperatures at just the right level. Read more

Appalachian Spring Celebration – 40th Anniversary!


table3.jpgThank you to all the friends, members, volunteers, donors, and event sponsors who made our Appalachian Spring 40th Anniversary event such a success! And we appreciate Fire Cracker Jazz Band for providing music for our event and to NC PhotoBox for a fun-filled photo booth experience for our guests. We’d also like to give a special ‘thank you’ to Nona Mia Italian Kitchen for preparing the delicious buffet dinner enjoyed by all, and for generously donating a huge portion of the catering expense.

We enjoyed a night of fun and fellowship, honoringpauline_anna_cropped.jpg our founding members and volunteers for an inspiring forty years of conservation successes. Read more


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