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Award-winning conservationist Jay Leutze to speak at Appalachian Oct. 6

BOONE—Award-winning conservationist and author Jay Erskine Leutze will present a public lecture titled “Standing Up Mountains: The Challenge Continues” on Monday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. in Room 421 Belk Library and Information Commons at Appalachian State University.

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The event is sponsored by the Center for Appalachian Studies, the Department of Nursing and the Department of Sustainable Development. For more information, contact the Department of Sustainable Development at 828-262-6926.

Leutze is the author of “Stand Up that Mountain: The Battle to Save One Small Community in the Wilderness along the Appalachian Trail.” He will discuss several conservation challenges facing the Boone and university community.

Raised in Chapel Hill, Leutze lives in the Southern Appalachian mountains on the North Carolina-Tennessee border. Trained as an attorney, he 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 currently advises the organization on state and federal land acquisition. He is also a spokesperson for the Land and Water Conservation Fund coalition.

In 2012, Leutze was awarded North Carolina’s highest civilian honor, The Order of the Longleaf Pine, for his contribution to the conservation of his native state. He is the winner of the 2013 North Carolina Governor’s Conservation Communicator of the Year Award.

“Stand Up That Mountain” has won numerous awards, including The Reed Environmental Writing Award from the Southern Environmental Law Center, and was named the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) Nonfiction Book of the Year. The American Bar Association honored the book at its Silver Gavel Awards dinner in July 2013, citing it as “a work of art that has added to the public’s understanding of the law.”