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SAFC Says Goodbye

18 Years of Regional Conservation… and Counting
Asheville, NC

In October of 2011, the SAFC Board made the difficult decision to power down the Southern Appalachian Forest Coalition.

The transition plan is to shut down our programs, fulfilling our current obligations to funders and attempting to move some of our crucial conservation programs to other host organizations (where possible).

Following our program transition/sunset, we will then be officially shutting down the organization by the end of this current fiscal year (which ends in June, 2012).

Looking back at our accomplishments, we have so much to be thankful for. Looking forward, it is vital that a continued conservation effort is maintained to protect our regional treasures which now appear to be facing ever increasing threats. We are appreciative of your support for our efforts to protect, connect and restore Southern Appalachian forests since our beginnings in 1994.

This highly treasured landscape and the people of this region have benefited greatly as a result of your efforts and this public partnership.

In the coming months, please stay tuned for opportunities to join us in celebration of the talented and dedicated people and the successes that we have accomplished over the years - working together and only through your support and dedication.

A Concerted Effort

Working together, we have created a regional conservation vision and a campaign to protect and restore our public lands. This work must be carried forward…

From Virginia to Alabama (and everywhere across this great nation), we have such a dedicated group of individual supporters who have proven phenomenal over and over -- whenever we have needed their voices. Whether it was to show up at a public meeting in support of Roadless protection, to write a letter to stop the Bridge to Nowhere, to stand up for Rocky Fork Protection, or to contact their Congressperson to talk about a place that deserves special designation and protection.

We have been blessed and are grateful beyond words.

We are planning to keep the lines of communication active by maintaining the SAFC network - staying in touch and keeping you up to date on the public lands issues that you care about, connecting you to emerging forest policy coming out of DC and highlighting some of the GREAT WORK being done by folks in your neck of the woods - for YOUR PUBLIC LANDS.

Contact Mark at: with any questions or to stay connected.

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VA WILD / GW PLANNING / VA stakeholder

SAFC Technical programs/ Conservation Planning


  • Jeff Hunter - Wild South
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