A new program from Organic Growers School, WNC FarmLink and Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy called Farm Pathways will combine peer support and land access with a structured curriculum centered around farm production and business.
Conservation groups like the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy need the support of residents and local businesses in order to achieve their work. Building on this co-dependence, the nonprofit will hold its annual “Land Trust Day” celebration Saturday, June 6.
Since the 1950s, multitudes of Appalachian-native hemlocks have been sucked dry by an invasive, non-native insect, the hemlock woolly adelgid. But in the last 15 years, entomologists have discovered, captured and released a beetle, native to the Pacific Northwest, that may be the key to the hemlocks’ survival.
From the Get It! Guide: Long before the age of Internet lists and online travel magazines, people came to Asheville and Western North Carolina for the intrinsic natural beauty. In fact, the beauty of our environment is what many say makes this place so special. But are we protecting what we have? What initiatives are underway to help ensure that the region remains a respite and a haven for generations to come?
The Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy works so we can play.
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This weekend, enjoy a scenic hike, outdoor festivals, a float down the French Broad and more. As always, Xpress brings you the best in low-cost entertainment.
This weekend brings outdoors, crafts, music and more. As always, Xpress highlights the best in low-cost weekend events.
This weekend brings local music, educational presentations, seafood and film. As always, Xpress highlights the best in low-budget entertainment.
This weekend offers crafts, comedy, theater and more. As always, Xpress brings you the best in low-budget entertainment.
A small — but important — conservation easement was added to several others on the Buncombe/Henderson highlands last month.
The Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy is throwing a bash to celebrate its preservation of 50,000 acres in WNC and eastern Tennessee.
Asheville-based nonprofit the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy has purchased 225 acres in Avery County that include Spears Tops Mountain.
Halloween is over and and the crowds have subsided, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to end. As always, we’re here with a host of budget-friendly offerings, so shake off those November blues and get out on the town!
On June 6, a host of local businesses will donate portions of their sales to the regional nonprofit Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy.
Walking on private land is alluring, a little naughty—and liable to get you in trouble. With thousands of miles of public trails here, I’ve never felt the need to push the envelope. But a lot of our public lands are bordered by private property, and local land conservancies are scrambling to protect some of those […]
I only recently started using the “L-word” when referring to land. When I worked in the land-conservation field, my co-workers were scientists—biologists and ecologists—who rarely mentioned love. Instead, they worked to substantiate the conservation values on the land they were evaluating for easements. But as Boston attorney Stephen Small, a national leader in today’s land-trust […]
Twenty minutes northwest of Asheville, Highway 63 winds up a series of switchbacks, surmounts a ridge and dips down the other side. Views open up as the Walnut and Newfound mountains loom blue in the distance. In season, the fields lining the roadside are thick with tomatoes, rank stands of burley tobacco, feed corn and […]
A billion dollars’ worth of protected land The Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy is working to put a conservation easement on Hickory Nut Gap Farm. courtesy SAHC Farmers, land conservationists, public officials and area residents crowded into A-B Tech’s Ferguson Auditorium Jan. 4 to comment on a plan that would allocate an additional $1 billion in […]
Bill Holbrook of Haywood County’s Bethel community checks his crop of bell peppers. Photos by Kent Priestley The Sandy Mush community, 20 miles northwest of Asheville, is the sort of place that would make a real-estate broker’s hands sweat and twitch. A broad, creek-lined valley floor nudges up against the Newfound Mountains, whose cloak of […]