Land Conservation in NC Mountains

Full Course Title: 
Land Conservation in the North Carolina Mountains
Course Number: 
Section Number(s) and Day/Times Taught: 
132: MW 2:00-3:15PM
Section Number(s) and Day/Times Taught: 
136: MW 3:30-4:45PM
Fall 2017
Civic Engagement

We all love the mountains but how do we keep them from being abused, polluted, or controlled by outside wealthy land owners and second homeowners? How do we conserve and preserve our beautiful North Carolina mountains so that they remain a public good for all to enjoy and/or healthy parcel of private property? This course will present multiple perspectives on the technical, social. And philosophical issues relating to land conservation and preservation with an emphasis on Western North Carolina. We will explore competing interests and conceptions regarding conservation, shifting cultural conceptions of nature, Land Trusts/Conservancies, and their role in the conservation community, as well as the legal and technical materials necessary for the construction of easements, baselines, assessing conservation values, and basic skills involving GIS for conservation. This course will conducted through a combination of class discussions, brief films, academic, popular, and classic readings, class visits from professionals in the NC conservation community, and a library research assignment, and an interview assignment. Student research assignments will consist of evaluating a specific, targeted parcel of land for potential conservation and presenting their research and plans to the class.


Smith, Chuck

Chuck Smith has been teaching at Appalachian for 16 years and is currently a senior lecturer in First Year Seminar. His academic interests are varied and include history, philosophy, and socio-politics of: the American environmental movement, perceptions of nature and wilderness, alternative and renewable energy, land preservation and conservation, and sustainable development. Mr. Smith is a carpenter by trade and works his small farm and homestead nearby in Ashe County. 

Contact FYS

The First Year Seminar is part of the General Education Program located in Anne Belk Hall, Room 250.

Phone: 828-262-2028

Our mailing address:
First Year Seminar
ASU Box 32065
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608

Director of First Year Seminar:
Rick Klima

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