AmeriCorps Project Conserve

About Project Conserve

AmeriCorps Project Conserve is a National Service program in which members come from across the nation to dedicate themselves to serving western North Carolina for an 11-month service term. Members are selected based on skill, education, experience, passion and commitment to service. Project Conserve was founded in September of 2004 as an initiative of Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy (now Conserving Carolina) to respond to the growing conservation needs in western North Carolina. The program focuses on collaboration with nonprofit organizations, community groups and local governments to provide service throughout the region.

AmeriCorps Project Conserve is administered by Conserving Carolina and funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the North Carolina Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service in the office of Governor Roy Cooper, and the critical support of our host sites and community partners.

By the Numbers

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.

Since 1994, Project Conserve has graduated 300 AmeriCorps members from the program who collectively:

  • Recruited more than 10,000 community volunteers who served more than 60,000 hours,
  • Educated over 91,000 youth and adults,
  • Improved 700 miles of rivers and trails, and
  • Improved nearly 500 acres of public land


Service Sites

Appalachian Voices, Asheville GreenWorks, Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture, Conserving Carolina, Environmental Quality Institute, Foothills Equestrian Nature Center, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Mills River Partnership, MountainTrue, Organic Growers School, Polk County Office of Agricultural Economic Development, Polk County Recreation Department, RiverLink, Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy, The North Carolina Arboretum Society, Town of Lake Lure, and the Hemlock Restoration Initiative of WNC Communities.