Conserving Carolina announces Conservation Celebration for Aug. 24

Press release from Conserving Carolina:

Join Conserving Carolina on Tuesday, Aug. 24, for the 21st Conservation Celebration from 7:00-8:00 p.m. for a virtual evening full of fun ways to explore and celebrate conservation. An annual event, the Conservation Celebration is the organization’s largest benefit.

This year, the event will include a special message from renowned conservationist Jay Leutze, inspirational stories about people and nature, updates on exciting conservation projects and new trails in our region, featured auction items, a musical performance by Shannon Whitworth and Woody Platt of Steep Canyon Rangers, the drawing for the winner of the 2021 Trip-of-Your-Choice Raffle, and so much more!

Our keynote speaker Jay Erskine Leutze is a trained attorney, author, trustee for Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy. He is a leading voice for state and federal conservation funding for investment in public lands. In his book, Stand Up That Mountain, Leutze tells the story of how he helped to stop the proposed Putnam Mine which would have devastated views from the Appalachian National Scenic Trail.

The event is free, but registration is required at the event website ( To support conservation, please consider a suggested donation of $65 for the event.

Without the support of community partners, this work would not be possible. Conserving Carolina extends a special thanks to Hunter Subaru and Beverly-Hanks & Associates, as premier sponsors of the 2021 Conservation Celebration.

Interested in attending the virtual Conservation Celebration, buying a Trip Raffle Ticket, or participating in our week-long, online auction? Visit or contact Donor Relations Manager Jenn Tutor at 828-697-5777 ext. 209,

Conserving Carolina is a local land trust that has protected nearly 46,000 acres, primarily in Henderson, Polk, Transylvania and Rutherford counties in N.C. and the Landrum, S.C. area. The mission of Conserving Carolina is to protect, restore and inspire appreciation of the natural world. Join us at events, volunteer, or become a member at

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