Environmental Groups - In The High Country

From old-line environmental groups like the Sierra Club to new organizations like SAVE, there is something for nearly every Earth issue and concern. Here is information about local and some state associations.

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Avery Environmental Council:The Avery Environmental Council contacts public officials about environmental issues and holds recycling events. For more information call Michael Hughes, 828-733-5224.

Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League (BREDL): Regional group with offices in Ashe, Watauga and Madison counties. Concerned with issues such as radioactive, hazardous and solid waste, growth management, scenic river protection and groundwater contamination. The main office is in Glendale Springs; call: (336)982-2691.

Conservation Council of North Carolina: Founded in 1970, this is a lobbying group. Write; P.O. Box 37564, Raleigh, NC, 27627.

Keep North Carolina Clean And Beautiful: Keep N.C. Clean and Beautiful works to make the Banner Elk area a cleaner place with litter campaigns and highway cleanup. For more information call 828-898-5885.

National Committee for the New River: Seek to protect and preserve the New River. Contact: James Coman, executive director, P.O.Box 180 Glendale Springs, NC, 28629; 336-982-9090.

Nature Conservancy: Works to purchase and preserve ecologically significant areas around the world. This is a non-profit organization. Persons interested in volunteering contact: NC Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, 4011 University Drive, Suite 201, Durham, NC 27707. Call: (919) 403-8558.

N.C. Environmental Defense Fund: Raises money to defend the environment. Call: (336) 821-7793.

Sierra Club: Local chapter of the national organization. Meets the second Tuesday of each month at various places in the Boone area. For information: call Ruth Ann Dewel at 828-264-0855.

Students Actively Volunteering for the Environment (SAVE): Centered at Appalachian State University, but open to the community. Works on volunteerism and education. Info: contact the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership, 828-262-6252.

Sustainable Development Program: Contact Dr. Jeff Boyer, 416 Sanford Hall, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC 28608; (828) 262-6384.

Trout Unlimited: Primarily works to protect the native trout population and other cold water resources in the mountains. Meets every third Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Valle Crucis Elementary School. Call: Al Hines at 828-963-5158.

Watauga County Land Trust: Seeks to protect the natural beauty of the HIgh Country by acquiring property threatened by development. Its focus is directed towards the Howard's Knob area of Boone. From its start as a student-based organization, it has grown to involve much of the community. Call: (828) 264-2511.

Western North Carolina Alliance: Concerned with acid rain, clearcutting and other issues. Call: (828) 258-8737.

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