30 Years of Roan Stewardship

You may already know that Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy has been working for more than 45 years to protect and conserve our mountain home. And, you may also know that they trace the origin of their organization to the Roan Highlands, where SAHC’s founders first began efforts to conserve the land and views surrounding the Appalachian Trail. But, did you know that their efforts to actively steward and manage those lands started 30 years ago, with the formation of what is now known as the Roan Stewardship Committee?

The Roan Stewardship Committee is an ambitious collaboration of multiple partners including government agencies, nonprofit organizations, recreation clubs, scientists, and individuals passionate about conservation of the unique ecological communities found in the Roan Highlands.

It began with a handful of individuals concerned about long-term stewardship of Roan’s unique ecosystems. Now 30 years later, the Roan Stewardship Committee consists of more than 15 agencies and organizations.

Some groups, including the U.S. Forest Service and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, are long time partners, while others – like the Appalachian Mountains Joint Venture – are new to our collaboration. From the beginning, SAHC has formed the nexus of this collaboration, facilitating the Roan Stewardship Committee meetings and partnership efforts.

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