Forest Keepers

MountainTrue’s volunteer base of Forest Keepers works to keep WNC forests and public lands protected and healthy. The Forest Keepers’ work begins at the intersection of environmental science and environmental stewardship. The Forest Keepers protect, manage, and maintain the health of our Southern Appalachian forests through projects like hemlock restoration workdays, Richmond Hill Park non-native invasive removal, Sandy Bottom wetlands restoration, OM Sanctuary restoration and our annual bioblitz.

Become a Forest Keeper

Don’t leave the health of our beautiful and biodiverse forests up to someone else. Join our Forest Keepers volunteer base and be an active steward of WNC forests!

Meet Our AmeriCorps Forest Keeper Coordinator

Tamia Dame is a graduate of UNC Asheville, where she earned her B.S. in Environmental Studies in 2020. Native to the Appalachian foothills of Lenoir, NC, Tamia spent much of her childhood exploring the outdoors and longing to live in the mountains. As Forest Keeper Coordinator, Tamia is eager to explore, learn, and improve our public lands while reimagining education and volunteer coordination to preserve momentum and advance social equity during the COVID-19 pandemic. She brings with her a wealth of experience in environmental and racial justice education, event and program management, youth leadership, communications, and journalism, Read more.

Tamia’s Journal