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Selected Accomplishments


  • Making Carbon Offsets a Reality:
    Partnering with Carbon Canopy, Forest Stewards developed two carbon sequestration projects under the California Air Resources Board protocol, improving stewardship on over 12,000 acres and creating over 100,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide offsets in the first year.

  • Conserving Asheville’s Watershed:
    Landowners sought Forest Stewards for stewardship planning on over 30,000 acres including the city of Asheville’s 20,000 acre watershed. Total forestland under our stewardship is now over 100,000 acres.

  • Educating Tomorrow’s Stewards:
    We hired 10 full-time summer interns this year, bringing our total to 75 interns hired for over 15,000 hours of experience in the field.

  • Partnering with the Cherokee:
    Forest Stewards completed a model community forest plan for the historical Hall Mountain property of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. We are now creating a stewardship plan for their entire 49,000 acres of tribal lands.

  • Assisting Land Protection:
    We assisted in the conservation of Black Rock Mountain, 250 acres in the Plott Balsams along the Blue Ridge Parkway. The 5,700 foot peak contains rare spruce-fir forest and several headwater streams.


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Western Carolina University, Dept. Geosciences and Natural Resources, Stillwell Bldg. Rm. 331, Cullowhee, NC 28723
Office: 828-227-3388
Peter Bates: 828-227-3914 -