The Future is Now: A New Approach to Land Conservation in a Rapidly Changing Climate

When: Tuesday, April 10 | reception 5:30 p.m. | program begins at 6 p.m. 

Where: The Collider, Downtown Asheville, 1 Haywood Street, 4th Floor 

Worldwide, the conservation community is grappling with the challenge of ensuring that natural systems –  and the species that depend on them – have the ability to adapt to climate change and will continue to thrive.  Fortunately, we know that land protection can strategically increase the resiliency of natural systems. SAHC has partnered with the Conservation Trust for NC, Open Space Institute, Wildlands Network, NEMAC, EcoForesters and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) to develop sophisticated frameworks to assess vulnerability and identify priorities for climate resilience.

Our own Southern Appalachians have been identified as critical to the path of migration for species from the southeast. SAHC continues to use new data and new modeling to build upon our strategic land protection planning. By prioritizing areas adjacent to large protected tracts and creating contiguous networks of conservation lands for  wildlife corridors we continue to create more resilient landscapes.

Join us as we discuss how we are working together with new climate data to create a network of resilient protected lands and why our efforts matter now more than ever.

Panel discussion moderated by Jay Leutze, SAHC Board President and author.
Panel members:
Jess Laggis, Farmland Program Director, SAHC
Megan Sutton, Program Director, The Nature Conservancy
Ian Johnson, Geospatial Science Communications Associate, NEAMAC
Maria Whitehead, Senior Project Manager, Open Space Institute

Free and open to the public.
RSVP to Pauline Heyne at or 828.253.0095 ext. 216

Thank you to Catawba Brewing Co. for donating beer for the reception. We are so grateful for your support. 

This event is part of #WNCforthePlanet —  a collaboration of environmental and conservation groups in Western North Carolina to coordinate and raise awareness about events and volunteer opportunities scheduled throughout the month of April in honor of “Earth Month.” Local nonprofit organizations, universities, and businesses have teamed up to host a myriad of service days, workshops, hikes, educational events and celebrations. Join us in unifying our community to encourage and celebrate environmental stewardship for our planet and the region. More info at

Buncombe County Conservation Hall of Fame Awards 2010

William Hamilton and Martha & Porter ClaxtonThursday, September 16th, the Members of the Buncombe County Land Conservation Advisory Board (LCAB) held the 3rd Annual Buncombe County Conservation Hall of Fame Awards at Claxton Farm in Weaverville, NC to celebrate the extraordinary accomplishments in  conservation in Buncombe County. The LCAB helps promote the use of voluntary land conservation easements to preserve the county’s beauty and ecology.

Carl Silverstein, Executive Director of the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy and Board Member of the Buncombe County LCAB, presented awards to landowners that had given donations of conservation easements during the past year through SAHC. Among those who received awards were Martha Ann and Porter Claxton and Fairman and Kate Jayne who are all landowners that have partnered with SAHC to establish conservation easements on their properties. The Claxton’s hosted the event on their property and were named Conservationists of the Year.


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