Environment

EcoForesters

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WHAT THEY DO: EcoForesters is a nonprofit professional forestry organization dedicated to conserving and restoring our Appalachian forests through education and stewardship. Forestland owners and local communities benefit from EcoForesters’ ability to develop and implement forest stewardship strategies that promote future forest sustainability and resiliency. Through community forestry programs, landowner workshops and innovative stewardship collaborations, EcoForesters emphasizes sound ecological management. We are actively making positive impacts on the Appalachian landscape while still helping landowners achieve their individual management objectives.

$ 2150 raised so far.

Environmental Quality Institute

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WHAT THEY DO: Since 1990, EQI and our volunteers have monitored water quality in WNC streams and lakes. Data from our VWIN and SMIE programs provide current and trend conditions at over 175 sites in the region. We partner with local governments and nonprofits to identify waterways in need of protection and restoration and to justify grants for water-quality improvements.

$ 845 raised so far.

$775 matched so far.

Green Built Alliance

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WHAT THEY DO: We’re people who care about where we live — our homes, neighborhoods and the planet. We’ve spent the past two decades advancing sustain- ability in the built environment through community education, measurable standards and regional action. We make a difference locally and regionally by certifying green residential construction through Green Built Homes; making energy-efficiency and renewable-energy upgrades to local schools and nonprofits through Appalachian Offsets; managing the Blue Horizons Project community clean-energy campaign; weatherizing low-income homes through Energy Savers Network; and educating the public by hosting sustainability-focused classes and publishing the annual Green Building Directory magazine.

$ 985 raised so far.

MountainTrue

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WHAT THEY DO: MountainTrue champions resilient forests, clean waters and healthy communities in the Southern Blue Ridge. Our members and supporters work to foster thriving communities that sustain each other and our natural environment. To achieve this, MountainTrue empowers residents throughout the region to engage in community planning, policy and project advocacy, and on-the-ground projects.

$ 2315 raised so far.

RiverLink

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WHAT THEY DO: RiverLink champions the environmental and economic vitality of the French Broad River and its watershed. Each year, we educate thousands of youths and adults about river ecosystems and water quality. We also take on stream restoration projects that reduce stormwater runoff and sediment pollution, and we work with landowners to voluntarily protect and conserve their watershed properties.

$ 3325 raised so far.

Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy

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WHAT THEY DO: We permanently protect and steward our region’s most beloved natural areas. When you support local land and water conservation, you ensure our lands, our water, our wildlife and our farms will be there for future generations. SAHC is committed to creating and supporting equitable, healthy and thriving communities for everyone in our region.

$ 8456 raised so far.

$6856 matched so far.