2018 Yee-Haw Yoga and Pint Night for SAHC

Yee-Haw Yoga and “Partners for a Cause” is a community program and downtown business partnership in Johnson City, TN.

The program includes a donation-based yoga class from Downtown Yoga Center in Johnson City:

  • ​Donation Yoga Class and Free 1/2 Pint at Yee-Haw Brewing Taproom
  • Wednesdays 5:30-6:30 pm class time (at the Founders Park Amphitheater)
  • All Levels Appropriate
  • No pre-registration required
  • Bring a Mat or Towel, Water for Class
  • Bring ID and Tip Money for the 1/2 Pint
  • Kid Friendly

Cash donations collected for each class will go to support SAHC throughout the month of September!

Wednesday, September 19

Wednesday, September 26

Yee-Haw Pint Night

The partnership also involves a “Pint Night” at Yee-Haw Taproom on Thursday, September 27, where $1 for every pint sold (from 4 pm to close) will go to support SAHC!

Come join us! Learn more about our land and water conservation work in the mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina.

526-acre Swannanoa Conservation Easement

In 2018, SAHC accepted a donated conservation easement on 526 acres in Swannanoa owned by Chemtronics, Inc. The conservation easement permanently protects land adjoining Pisgah National Forest, as well as scenic views from the Blue Ridge Parkway, I-40 and NC Highway 70.

“This landscape is important to the surrounding Swannanoa community, and we are pleased to be able to permanently protect these ridges,” says Executive Director Carl Silverstein. “The conservation easement area provides important wildlife corridors and will create an undeveloped buffer adjoining other protected lands.”

The forested, steep slopes of the property rise to elevations over 3,580 ft. The tract adjoins a large block of contiguous, protected land in the Black Mountains that includes the Asheville Watershed, Pisgah National Forest, Mount Mitchell State Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway, which is located less than a mile away. The Audubon Society’s Black and Great Craggy Mountains Important Bird Area covers a portion of the property. This Important Bird Area provides habitat for a wide variety of species, including: Black-throated Blue warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Canada Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Winter Wren, Pine Siskin, and Dark-eyed Junco. Read more

Strawberry Gap, Stony Point Conservation

We purchased 170 acres in two adjoining tracts at Strawberry Gap and Stony Point near the Eastern Continental Divide  to protect water resources, plant and animal habitat, and scenic views from public trails and scenic byways. We plan to own these properties for the long term and manage the forests to promote resilience, diversity and longevity. Read more

2018 Breakfast With The Birds

When: Thursday, April 12 from 10 am to 1 pm

Where: West Asheville

Join us in partnership with members of the NC Audubon Society for a beginner birding walk in West Asheville!

Spring is upon us and the Asheville birds are making quite an appearance. Our Breakfast With The Birds walk is an introductory level bird outing where participants will learn how to use binoculars as well as techniques to identify birds.  The outing will be a leisurely 2 mile walk along the French Broad River Greenway with plenty of opportunities to spot local birds and wildlife.

Members of Audubon society are excited to partner with SAHC for this walk to share with others the endless birding possibilities in this region, including urban areas or even your own backyard.

Register online now for the 2018 Breakfast With the Birds Walk:

Due to the educational nature of this walk, participation will be limited to 15 people — so sign up soon!

This Event is now FULL.  Please contact Michelle Durr at if you wish to be added to the wait list.

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


2018 Leave No Trace Trainer Course

Date: Thursday May 3- Friday May 4

Location: The Appalachian Trail in the Highlands of Roan

Cost: FREE for all participants and meals will be provided

Join us for a Leave No Trace (LNT) Trainer Course in the Roan Highlands!

This course is great for trip leaders, Scout leaders, camp staff,  college students, school teachers, and outdoor enthusiasts. This specific course, facilitated by two LNT Master Educators, will train participants in LNT outdoor ethics and provide them with the tools needed to educate others about responsible recreation.  The course material will be taught through verbal lectures and experiential education which will allow participants to practice the LNT principles in a backcountry setting. By the conclusion of this course, participants will have learned valuable skills that will enable them to facilitate their own LNT Awareness Workshop or outreach event. Due to the educational nature of this course dogs will not be allowed.

The course will follow 16 hour experiential education model as a backpacking trip on the Appalachian Trail in the Roan Highlands of North Carolina. Participants should expect to hike approximately 5 miles per day carrying a pack weighing up to 45 lbs. A more specific route will be shared with the participants closer to the course date.

A packing list will be emailed to participants by 3/15.  Tents and personal camping gear will not be provided.

Participants are strongly encouraged to also attend a LNT outreach event after the Trainer Course.  This event will provide course attendees the opportunity to practice their new skills by educating the general public and thru hikers about LNT on the Appalachian Trail.  This outreach event will take place in the afternoon on Friday May 11.

General Schedule:

On day 1, participants will be introduced to the 7 LNT principles of outdoor ethics and the history of LNT Inc. while hiking on the Appalachian Trail. Basic skills such as knot tying, camp cooking, and general backpacking techniques will also be taught on day 1. In the evening, participants will work with a partner to prepare a LNT lesson plan for the following day.

On day 2 we will continue to hike on the Appalachian Trail. On down time, participants will act as the instructors and teach their LNT lesson to the group.

Thank you for your interest!

2018 Leave No Trace Trainer Course Registration

  • By providing your phone number, you ensure that we have a way to contact you in the rare event of any last-minute changes to the hike.
  • SAHC will provide all meals during the course
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Weaverville Watershed – 310 Acres Protected!

We recently worked with the Town of Weaverville to place a conservation easement on 310 acres of the Weaverville Watershed. The easement protects important headwaters of Reems Creek as well as forested habitat and scenic views from Reems Creek Valley.

“This property provided drinking water to the Town of Weaverville for 80 years and is important for conservation because of its water resources,” said Land Protection Director Michelle Pugliese. “It contains the headwaters of Eller Cove Branch and 12 of its tributaries, which run into Reems Creek and eventually the French Broad River. One of the best ways to preserve water quality downstream is by protecting a river’s headwaters – and that is exactly what has happened here. We are grateful to the Town of Weaverville for taking the step to protect this tract and its natural resources for posterity.” Read more

Big Rock Creek Donation

bigrockcreekInspired by our conservation work in the Highlands of Roan, landowner Ken Davis donated 47 acres to SAHC. The property adjoins Pisgah National Forest and our Big Rock Creek preserve, which we purchased in 2014, thus filling an important gap in the protected landscape.

Visible from the Appalachian Trail, the tract contains important forest habitat and headwater resources. Forest types include Appalachian hemlock hardwood forest, Appalachian oak forest, and southern Appalachian montane pine forest. The property contains a portion of Dave Branch stream and a headwater stream for Big Rock Creek, which flows into the North Toe River. These waterways are designated Wild Trout Streams by the NC Division of Water Quality. Read more

Big Yellow Mountain

roaring-creek-valley-center-and-big-yellow-mtn-and-little-hump-rightWe purchased 70 acres on Big Yellow Mountain in the Highlands of Roan, located just 2,500 ft from the Appalachian Trail. Adjoining Pisgah National Forest, Conservation lands held by the State of NC, and other SAHC-protected properties, the forested high-elevation tract is visible from the Overmountain Shelter on the AT.

“This acquisition was a high conservation priority because of the property’s location on the biologically sensitive and stunning scenic slopes of Big Yellow Mountain near the Appalachian Trail,” said Land Protection Director Michelle Pugliese.  “It was the highest elevation, privately-owned unprotected tract between Grassy Ridge and Bradley Gap.” Read more

SAHC helps Rocky Fork State Park acquire tract for public access

RockyFork_triplefallsToday we celebrate Earth Day with the closing of an exciting new project which will enable more people to learn about and enjoy the incredible Rocky Fork region!

We worked with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation to purchase a 1-acre tract to facilitate public access for Rocky Fork State Park.

“This 1-acre tract is a critical acquisition because it contains the only public access into Rocky Fork State Park,” said SAHC Executive Director Carl Silverstein. “We are proud to have been able to work with the State of Tennessee and other partners over the past decade to conserve the 10,000-acre Rocky Fork watershed. This recent acquisition is an integral part of these efforts, as it will afford public access for visitors to enjoy trails and trout streams in this stunning area.” Read more

Partnerships in Education & Stewardship – Tilson Homeplace Work Day

IMG_8180Conservation doesn’t end with recording a land protection document. Stewardship of protected lands extends in perpetuity, and sometimes requires remediation of past problems for a property. Dedicated East TN State Univ. students responded to our call for a “Service Saturday”, helping clean up debris from illicit dumping on a protected, historic TN property.

The benefits of working with these student volunteers extended far beyond the impressive mountains of trash pulled out of waterways and forests. Through our partnership, the students glimpsed some of the challenges of managing natural resources — in this case, hundreds of acres bordered by a public road. Read more


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