There’s No Place Like Roan: Ensuring a Highland Legacy

Location: ETSU, Brown Hall, Room 370

Long treasured for their astounding beauty, unique forests and grassy balds, the Highlands of Roan are biologically and geologically unique. However, the high elevation ecosystems on the Roan Mountain massif are among the most endangered and fragile habitats on earth. With ongoing threats including climate change and invasive species, how will our most vulnerable wildlands survive? How can we balance the protection of this biodiversity hotspot with a growing demand for recreational and economic opportunities?

Join us for a presentation by Marquette Crockett, SAHC Roan Stewardship Director, to learn more about the exceptional habitats of the Roan, the rare creatures who inhabit them, and the ongoing conservation work of the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy. Hear how our multi-partner efforts are working to address growing environmental threats and what you can do to safeguard the extraordinary beauty and ecology of the Highlands of Roan.

Following the presentation, JRH Brewing is hosting a pint night for SAHC. $1 from ever beer purchased will go directly toward our land and water conservation work.

This event is FREE, but reservations are recommended due to limited seating. Please contact Pauline Heyne at or 828.253.0095 ext. 216 for questions and reservations.

Parking is available for free at ETSU after 3:30 p.m.


Round Bald Kiosk Installation

volunteerswithkioskThe Highlands of Roan are home to some of the most unique and globally rare ecosystems in the world, including montane grassy balds and spruce-fir communities. The Highlands are also one of the richest repositories of biodiversity in the southern Appalachians and support many rare plant and animal populations, including both state and federally-listed species. SAHC and our partners recognize that as recreational uses in the Roan increase, so does the importance of educating users about environmentally conscientious hiking and camping practices. Last summer, SAHC and our partners took a step toward doing just that by building an educational kiosk at the entrance to the Trail on Round Bald, near the popular Carvers Gap access. Read more

Community Farm/Discovery Trail Hike

hike-line2.jpgIt was hot –  but not too hot – just the kind of bright summer sun you imagine plants loving to soak in.

On National Trails Day/Land Trust Day (June 7, 2014), we led a group of curious members, landowners, and local families on a two-hour tour of SAHC’s Community Farm in Alexander, NC. This first Saturday in June starts off Outdoor Month, and was given special designation to recognize the economic importance of trails across the nation as well as the land conservation work of local land trusts. It was a wonderful day to enjoy the 1.5-mile Discovery Trail and to showcase the many exciting programs going on at our Farm. Read more


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