Profile: Western North Carolina Alliance

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Western North Carolina Alliance is the only grassroots environmental advocacy group focused solely on conserving Western North Carolina’s natural heritage.

We were founded in 1982 by citizens in Macon County who organized to successfully protect their local national forests from oil and gas leasing.

Utilizing a combination of policy advocacy, scientific research and community collaboration, the Alliance and its chapters throughout Western North Carolina unleash the power of citizens’ voices to protect the natural heritage of our region so that people and the environment can thrive.

Today, we focus on a core set of issues — sensible land use, restoring public forests and improving water quality — that have high impact on the environmental health and long-term prosperity of our region.

WNCA is also a proud founding member of the Asheville Beyond Coal coalition, which is calling on Duke Energy to retire the Asheville coal plant, clean up its toxic coal-ash waste sites and move boldly toward a clean energy future.

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