Chris Coxen

I was one of the lucky folks to fortunate enough to live out the "AmeriCorps dream," finding work with my home site, the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy (SAHC). Project Conserve provided invaluable networking opportunities within the Western North Carolina conservation community, allowing me to work with and learn from a dynamic group of people that care deeply about the resources fostered in these old mountains. I began APC working in the stewardship department of SAHC, learning about conservation easements and the process by which land trusts work to continue conserving land after it has been formally protected. Currently, I am involved with plant and wildlife monitoring, habitat restoration, and volunteer recruitment for land projects in the Highlands of Roan. Because of APC, I feel prepared to take on a graduate school research related to conservation/restoration ecology and owe 3+ great years of memories and new friends to the program. 

Chris Coxen (pictured right) along with fellow AmeriCorps Alumni Jamie Ervin and Margot Wallston.