What would you do if one of your favorite mountains was threatened by a mining operation? Come hear a firsthand account by author Jay Erskine Leutze of his fight to save a mountain at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25 in Hopwood Auditorium.
Leutze, author of Stand Up That Mountain: The Battle to Save One Small Community in the Wilderness Along the Appalachian Trail, will talk about the grassroots activism that saved North Carolina’s Belview Mountain from a quarry. His is a classic conservation story, full of colorful characters from Appalachian communities to big-city courtrooms.
Check out an interview that LC’s own Dr. Laura Henry-Stone, assistant professor of environmental science, did with Leutze in Blue Ridge Outdoors.
Leutze was trained as an attorney and has become a leading voice for state and federal conservation funding for investment in public lands. He is a trustee for Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy, one of the nation’s most established land trusts. He has testified before Congress on Capitol Hill on the need for increased federal conservation funding. He is also a national spokesman for the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
The lecture is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase and a book signing will follow the presentation, which is sponsored by Sustain LC and the Environmental Science Department.