The Conservation Committee serves to advocate for the sustained natural beauty and access to our hiking areas. The committee will:

  • Inform Club members of issues that may affect the hiking experience in the Club’s day-hiking area.
  • Encourage Club members to voice their opinions on important issues identified by the Committee.
  • Publicly advocate accepted Club positions on key issues when approved by the CMC Council.



The committee meets the third Thursday of each month at 2:15 P.M. at the Botanical Gardens next to UNCA in Asheville. If you would like to join our committee, please contact us at

The Conservation Committee members are as follows:

  • Peter Barr
  • Tish Desjardins
  • Greg Goodman
  • Jill Gottesman
  • Hermann Gucinski
  • Ruth Hartzler (Chair)
  • Mike Knies
  • Katherine Kyle
  • Brent Martin
  • Marianne Newman