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.