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 CMC from time-to-time takes positions on issues related to forest conservation. See these at CMC Positions, Letters and Comments

We also collaborate with other conservation-minded organizations of issues of mutual interest. Check them out at Conservation Partners

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:

  • Herman Gucinski
  • Kakii Handley
  • Kelly Witzl
  • Owen Bailey
  • Roy Davis
  • Ruth Hartzler
  • Tish Desjardins
  • Michael Fisher (chair)
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