Bill Popper Memorial – Prices Creek Preserve

Bill Popper close up photo

William Denis Popper,  December 11, 1960 – April 21, 2009

A quiet, studious man intent on making a positive impact on the world, Bill Popper contacted Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy in the early 2000s about permanently protecting his cherished land in Yancey County. Diagnosed with lymphoma, Bill wanted to ensure that the land he loved would be protected in the future. His passion for nature, and for doing good for people and the planet, are enshrined in the Prices Creek Preserve — his conservation legacy.

“Bill told me his love of nature began when he was a child,” recalls Dr. Marcia E. Herman-Giddens. “From the moment we knew him, he loved nature and wanted to preserve the environment. He was an intelligent, gentle person who loved hiking and loved the land.” Read more

SAHC Outreach AmeriCorps Leads OLLI Hiking Course

As a part of our ongoing efforts to connect people with the land we have protected, we are constantly working to expand SAHC’s partner organizations to educate new groups by bringing them to our Community Farm or other properties that we have protected. This spring, SAHC’s AmeriCorps Outreach Member, Haley Smith, partnered up with UNC-Asheville’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) program to lead one of several new hiking courses.

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Bill Popper Memorial Hike

Location: Price’s Creek Preserve near Burnsville, NC

Date: Saturday, April 22nd

Start Time: 10 AM

Difficulty: Moderate (4-5)

Leader: Haley Smith, SAHC AmeriCorps Outreach Member

Cost: Free for SAHC members; $10 for non-members.

Registration: Pre-registration is REQUIRED.

We invite you to join us for a memorial hike to honor and remember our friend Bill Popper and his dedication to preserving the 573-acre property in Yancey County that he loved so much. This hike is a perennial favorite, taking participants through our Price’s Creek Preserve with numerous wildflowers this time of year including May Apples, Blood Root, Lark Spur and much more. We will hike through mature northern hardwood forest and make our way to a lovely spot on Price’s Creek for lunch, then loop back to the beginning, all the while enjoying the flowery splendor of Mother Nature!

This hike registration is now FULL. For questions, or to be added to the waitlist, contact hike coordinator Haley Smith at or 828.253.0095 ext 205.

Not a current SAHC member? Click Here to pay for your outing or join SAHC. Members hike for free all year! If you have questions about your membership status, please contact Membership Director Cheryl Fowler at or 828.253.0095 ext 209.


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