The Western North Carolina Alliance

The Western North Carolina Alliance has empowered citizens to be advocates for livable communities and the natural environment of our region for more than 27 years.

Begun by citizens who organized to protect the region’s forests from oil and gas mining, WNCA has been the voice of close to three generations of citizens who have honored their “sense of place” by confronting threats to the region’s public lands, forests, air, water and communities.

Executive Director Julie Mayfield says, “As threats have changed through the years, so has the focus of WNCA. What remains constant, however, is our members’ conviction that grassroots advocacy and expert knowledge go hand-in-hand with eventual victories.”

The group recently completed a new strategic plan and is now directing its energy toward land use, public-lands protection, and protecting the region’s water supply.

WNCA and presenting sponsor the Villages at Crest Mountain invite the public to find out more about the roots of the American conservation movement by attending a special one-man performance of Conversations with a Tramp, in which actor Lee Stetson portrays legendary conservationist John Muir, on Thursday, Oct. 8, at the Crest Pavilion. Admission includes a reception and a tour of the new green development, The Villages at Crest Mountain. (A live repeat performance of this one-man show will be presented by the Jackson-Macon Conservation Alliance Friday, Oct. 9, at 7 p.m. at the Highlands Playhouse.)

For more information or to reserve a seat, call 258-8737 or e-mail



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