Written by Angela Shepherd
Engaging Your Community with Your Mission
Several years ago, a group of Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy’s (SAHC) trustees and staff sat around a circle in a lodge at Cataloochee Ranch on the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and shared what inspires us about SAHC’s conservation work.
“When I first saw these mountains, I felt like I was finally home,” said one person, while another shared, “I grew up in the shadow of these mountains, and I love working to protect them.” This heartfelt outpouring of ideas, an ice breaker for a work retreat, was meant to set the stage for an intensive weekend of strategic planning, performance reviews, and inspiration to carry forward conservation endeavors in the next year.
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