About Project Conserve

Our History

Americorps Volunteers on bridge

A Decade of Impact

AmeriCorps Project Conserve has a long legacy of service and conservation in western North Carolina. The initiative was spearheaded and administered by Conserving Carolina, formerly Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy, which hosted an AmeriCorps member through a different program in the early 2000s. This experience spurred the organization to start a program that could actively support its work in land conservation and the work of other environmental and conservation organizations throughout the region. The program began in 2004 with thirteen AmeriCorps members serving in seven host sites around Hendersonville and Asheville. 

Program Statistics (2004-2015): 

Program Years Completed Members Graduated Members Returned for Second Term WNC Counties Served Hours Served Host Site Organizations People Educated Volunteer Hours leveraged Alumni Employed by Past or Current Host Sites
11 196 30 23 410,000 40 45,000 28,400 32

Check out Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy's Summer 2015 Landscape Newsletter for a more complete history of the program.

AmeriCorps Project Conserve Alumni

Many of those who have served in the past have stayed in western North Carolina and used their AmeriCorps experience to become leaders in the field of conservation. The program boasts an impressive array of professional conservationists as alumni. This fact, along with the continued expansion of the Project Conserve, speaks to the deep conservation needs of the area that the program actively seeks to address. Check out our Alumni Spotlight to see what they're up to now!