Southern Highlands Reserve is pleased to announce the 2018 Volunteers of the Year! Volunteers are vital to our success as a growing non-profit organization and we’re pleased to honor these individuals for their exceptional commitment and support of our mission. The Volunteer of the Year Award recognizes an outstanding volunteer for his or her valuable and selfless dedication and contribution to enhancing efficiency within the organization as well as spreading awareness throughout the community.
This year, we had a tie! Two shining members of SHR’s extended team stood out equally. We are pleased to recognize Molly Tartt of Brevard, NC and Paul Cooper of Lake Toxaway, NC as the 2018 Volunteers of the Year.
As a member of the Waighstill Avery Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), Molly Tartt worked with her group to find a long-forgotten red spruce forest originally planted by the DAR in the 1940’s near Devil’s Courthouse off the Blue Ridge Parkway. Deeply inspired by this history, she became a strong supporter of our red spruce restoration work. Molly works in our Nursery Complex repotting young red spruce and is an avid supporter of us within the community.
Paul Cooper is a long-time volunteer at the Reserve. A resident of Lake Toxaway Community and a nature enthusiast, Paul holds a special affinity for the Reserve. Each year, he logs more hours than any other volunteer. His love of story-telling and the Reserve make him a natural fit as our Visitors’ Days docent!
We are so grateful to all volunteers who helped us make 2018 a successful year.
Contact us to learn about becoming a Southern Highlands Reserve volunteer in 2019.