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Center of Appalachian Studies & Services

Appalachian State University

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Linking Natural and Cultural Assets in the Upper New River Valley

Linking Natural and Cultural Assets in the Upper New River Valley is a partnership between the Center for Appalachian Studies at Appalachian State University and the New River Conservancy (NRC). The goal is to create strategic projects that build NRC’s capacity to improve the entire New River watershed. The vision of NRC is “that clean water, healthy land, and empowered people benefit our (Appalachian) communities by creating a watershed where people want to live, work, and play.” This project will focus on the headwaters of the New River in Ashe and Watauga Counties of North Carolina. 

During the Fall semester of 2016 Students researched the theories behind asset-based development and participatory planning, then engaged in several projects that challenged them to apply their knowledge in real world settings with community partners. This work strengthen NRC’s capacity by providing new tools to share their work with a broad public and connecting the NRC to new community, private, and public sector partners.


2016 ATP Proposal

Appalachian State's Live Presentation in Washington, DC

Final Report
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Contact Information:

Mr. Thomas S. Hansell
Center for Appalachian Studies 
Appalachian State University 
ASU Box 32018 
Boone, NC 28608 
Telephone: (828) 262-4089 



Previous Conference Participation:  
2015   2014   2013    2012    2011   2010   2009

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