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Highlands Cashiers Land Trust

Contact: Julie Schott or Sarah Pursel
Mailing Address: PO Box 1703
Highlands, NC 28741
Phone Number: 828-526-1111
Email Address:, or
Website Address:
Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm
Directions: 348 South 5 St, Highlands, NC

From Cullowhee, take 107 S to Cashiers. In Cashiers, turn right at the light onto US 64 West. Follow US 64 into Highlands. At the main intersection, turn left onto Main St. Go one block and turn right at the light onto S 5 th St (near the Market Fresh). Go up the hill and turn left into the Peggy Crosby Community Service Center (348 S 5 th St). We are in Suites 212-214.

Agency Description: HCLT is a 501c3 land conservation and evironmental education non-profit organization. We are serving southern Macon and Jackson counties. We primarily focus on protecting, conserving, managing, and restoring over 3,700 acres (and counting) of important wildlife and rare species habitat, cultural and natural heritage, public recreation opportunities, and water quality. We protect these regional assets through property ownership, conservation easements where private landowners donate and extinguish their development rights, and by educating the residents and visitors to our area. We have an active education program that includes our afterschool and summer camp-focused Kids in Nature program, a series of EcoTours taking people to interesting and protected lands, and the Village Natures Series lectures in Cashiers.
Training: We will provide students with any training and orientation as necessary for the tasks with which they help and based on their experience.
Time Commitment: Different projects will require different time commitments, so volunteer time will be dependent on the project and student availability.

Skills, Experience, and
Special Requirements:

Each project has a different set of skills and/or experience requirements. Most projects will require travel to the Highlands-Cashiers area, though some work, such as helping with our website or developing print media, can be done elsewhere. People interested in conservation easement monitoring and related work should have some biology, environmental and/or natural resource experience. People interested in helping with education programs should have some education, biology, environmental science, or natural resource experience.
Volunteer Involvement: Student involvement will be dependent on the needs of the project and the willingness of the volunteer.
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