Tony Ward, Western Region Program Coordinator

Tony was the Hiwassee River Watershed Coalition’s Restoration Program Coordinator for 11 years until the organization merged with MountainTrue in 2019. Raised in Swain and Cherokee counties, he holds an Associate’s Degree from Haywood Community College in Forest Management Technology. Tony has extensive experience with natural channel design principles for stream restoration, bioengineering techniques for bank stabilization, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software. His passion is native and non-native invasive plants, and he is extremely knowledgeable about the identification and eradication of non-native invasive species.

Tony provides programmatic and field support for MountainTrue’s public lands and clean water goals in the nine-county western region. In his spare time, he feeds his chickens and works in his native plant nursery called Native Choice.

phone (828) 837-5414


We value mountain communities that are vibrant, livable, and respectful of their connection to and dependence on the region’s natural environment.
We value the integrity of natural systems – air, land, water, and native plants and animals – and believe in protecting and restoring them for the benefit of all generations.

  1. Plugged in Buncombe: Sustainability Advisory Committee on Energy and Environment

    September 18 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
  2. Rhythm & Brews: Rad Trads and Honey Island Swamp Band

    September 19 @ 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
  3. Asheville Urban Tour

    September 21 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  4. Cherokee Heritage Festival: Native Plant Walks

    September 21 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
  5. Big Sweep at Westfeldt Park

    September 21 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm