I was so excited to have Ali McGhee with me for Forest Friday. Not only is Ali the Director of the Asheville Grit and worked with us to make Dogwood Alliance’s 20 year anniversary the incredible storytelling festival of our dreams, but Ali is also a true Asheville native and was born and raised here. She has always had a deep connection to the land in these parts.
Recently, Dogwood Alliance, Defenders of Wildlife and MountainTrue hosted an event at The Collider in Asheville on the future of our forests. We were so lucky to have Jim Furnish join us for that event. Jim Furnish is the author of Beyond Logging: Toward a Natural Forest a memoir of Jim’s time working for the National Forest Service and time spent as Deputy Chief.
The North Carolina organizer will be responsible for building grassroots political support at the local and state level for policies that increase protection of standing forests and restrict incentives for industrial biomass. The NC Organizer will build and mobilize a statewide coalition of environmental, faith, justice, and business leaders. The NC Organizer will build a grassroots network of supporters to advance the Dogwood mission through activist capacity and financial donations.