by Wiley Sloan

Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust has been preserving the region's treasures for over 100 years. 

Nestled on the southern end of the Blue  Ridge Escarpment, these mountains, which some believe to be the oldest In the world, ore among the most biologically diverse. A century ago a group of forward­thinking Highlands residents realized that it was their responsibility to ensure this moun­tain paradise was not developed to the point of ruin.

Thanks to the efforts of those who formed the Highlands Improvement Association back in the late 1800's and the ongo­ing dedication of those who continue to be champions for the land, to date we have conserved over 3,000 acres In our mountains.

One hundred years later, the organiza­tion that Is now named Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust continues to protect our most treasured places - conserving new prop­erties and coring for those entrusted to our care. Some of them ore open to the public like Satulah, Ravenel Park, Rhodes Big View, and Kelsey Troll. Many of our conserved lands are conservation easements that are privately owned but protected from devel­opment forever.

All of them protect wildlife habitat, rare plants and animals, water quality, scenic vis­tas, and more.

In order to achieve our land conservation and stewardship goals, we have developed programs In Education, Land Conservation, and Stewardship. The Education Program In­cludes our popular Eco Tours, the Village Na­ture Series (family-friendly community pro­grams held one evening each month during the summer), and our thriving Kids in Nature program that engages and educates over 800 youth annually. The Land Conservation Program Is on track in 2016 to conserve four new easements. The Stewardship Program keeps our trails passable, monitors our lands; and takes care of the largest living hemlock In the world, the Cheoah.

Thanks to an enthusiastic board of direc­tors, dedicated staff, and the strong support of our community, we are able to help pro­tect the quality of the air you breathe, the water you drink, and the natural habitat for all who live here. We depend on the support of people like you. To learn how you can be Involved or to become a member visit us online at hicashlt.org, email Julle.hitrust@ earthlink.net or call (828) 526-1111. Together we are saving our most treasured places. 

This article is one of a series featuring ten­ants of the Peggy Crosby Center and how they serve our community.

The Peggy Crosby Center is a non-prof// organization established to provide of­fice space for other non-profits and start­up organizations. Rental rates to the ten­ants are held as low as possible to allow the tenants to use more of their funds to serve the community. 

by Wiley Sloan

At Your Service Home Care is predicated upon compassionate assistance to aging adults. 

At Your Service Home Care. operated by Tricia Wheeler, provides home care for aging adults.

After receiving news of her grandmoth­er's Alzheimer's disease diagnosis, Tricia became interested in ways to help her grandmother, an independent woman that had spent her life helping people as a Reg­istered Nurse, and those like her to cope with their new diagnosis. Tricia decided to pursue a career in Health Administration to safeguard that aging adults received the care they deserved and to provide their families with the peace of mind.

Tricia operates At Your Service Home Care with passion and purpose. She endeavors to provide the best lifestyle possible for her clients - just as she hoped to provide for her own grandmother. At Your Service Home Care and Its team of companion caregiv­ers help its clients to maintain the freedom they yearn for while receiving the care that they require.

Tricia holds a Bachelor of Science In Busi­ness Administration and a Masters of Health Administration from the University of South Carolina. She also received a Certificate of Graduate Studies in Gerontology from the University of South Carolina. In the past, she served as the director of an as­sisted living and dementia unit and as the executive director of two continuing care retirement communities. She is a member of the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers, the Highlands Mountaintop Rotary Club, and the Better Business Bureau.

Learn more about At Your Service Home Care go to the website at at your service. care or call (828) 200-9000 to discuss how At Your Service can help your family.

The Peggy Crosby Center is a non-profit organization established to provide of­fice space for other non-profits or start up organizations. Rental Rates to the ten­ants are held as low as possible to allow the tenants to use more of their funds to serve the community. 

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