JOHNSON CITY, TN — On Thursday, March 28th, Appalachian Resource Conservation and Development Council was awarded First Place in Excellence in Environmental Support at the Johnson City Chamber of Commerce’s Regional Business Excellence Awards Ceremony.

Appalachian RC&D Executive Director Susan McKinney accepted the award alongside Roy Settle, Board Chairman.¬†McKinney expressed her gratitude to the Chamber for it’s recognition, the region for it’s support, the ARC&D Board for it’s service, and her staff for their work.

The Excellence in Environmental Support Award was to be given to an organization who could demonstrate they had taken steps to be a steward of the environment in 2017, 2018, and was continuing that work into the future. Appalachian RC&D outlined the many environmental conservation projects they have been a part of which include: land conservation through the Lands of Boone and Crockett Land Trust, stream-bed restoration, and wildfire mitigation and restoration after the 2016 wildfires in Gatlinburg, TN.

Environmental protection is embedded in the core mission of Appalachian RC&D, and is part of the work they do every single day. They work passionately to protect the beauty of Northeast Tennessee while fostering economic growth through educating beginning farmers and ranchers.

Appalachian RC&D is proud to have been recognized for their work, and is grateful for the support they receive from local sponsors, partners, donors, as well as the grant funding they receive from the USDA and TDA.