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WNC Sierra Club: Jay Leutze—Protecting the Lands We Love

September 2 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

On Thursday, Sept. 2, the WNC Sierra Club (Wenoca) presents Jay Leutze, senior board advisor for the Southern Appalachian Highland Conservancy, who will speak on “Protecting the Lands We Love.”

The event will be held over Zoom from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. It is free and open to the public. Register in advance via this link:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

In his acclaimed book, “Stand Up That Mountain,“ Leutze tells the story of how Roan Mountain was saved from becoming a rock-crushing mine. On Sept. 2, he will not only talk about how Roan Mountain was saved but will also address the conservation issues facing the highlands of the Roan and the Nantahala Pisgah Forests today. His presentation reaches from our own Appalachian backyard all the way to the global effort to protect 30% of the earth’s land and water by 2030.

Trained as an attorney, Leutze has become a leading voice for state and federal conservation funding for investment in public lands. He is the senior board advisor for Asheville’s Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy (SAHC), one of the nation’s most established land trusts. He has served as chair of the land protection committee, directs their government relations program, and has been president of the board.

The national spokesman for the Land and Water Conservation Fund Coalition Leutze has testified before Congress on the need for increased funding for public land conservation. A frequent guest lecturer on conservation. Leutze has lectured at 38 universities across the country, teaching courses in literature, environmental studies, environmental law and public policy. He recently appeared at the National Press Club in Washington DC.

Since 2007, Leutze has been on the team leading the effort to pass and implement the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA). He was invited to the White House for the GAOA signing ceremony and will discuss navigating a broken Congress and dysfunctional administration to get the bill across the finish line.

In 2012, he was awarded The Order of the Longleaf Pine, North Carolina’s highest civilian honor, for his contribution to the conservation of land and water in his home state. In 2012, he won the North Carolina Governor’s Conservation Communicator of the Year Award and was also named Outstanding Conservation Advocate by the Roosevelt-Ashe Society.

Leutze’s book, Stand Up that Mountain: The Battle to Save One Small Community in the Wilderness Along the Appalachian Trail, has won numerous awards, including The Reed Environmental Writing Award from the Southern Environmental Law Center, and was named the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Nonfiction Book of the Year. The American Bar Association honored the book at its Silver Gavel Awards dinner in July, 2013, citing it as “a work of art that has added to the public’s understanding of the law.”

For more information, contact Judy Mattox, [email protected], (828) 683-2176.


September 2
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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NC United States