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William Hamilton is a native of western North Carolina who graduated from Warren Wilson in 1999, went on to receive his Master’s Degree in Forestry, and joined the staff of Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy in 2005.
The Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy is one of the country’s oldest and most respected land trusts: SAHC works to protect the world’s oldest mountains for the benefit of present and future generations. Founded in 1974 as a non profit, charitable organization, SAHC works to conserve the unique plant and animal habitat, clean water, local farmland and scenic beauty of the mountains of North Carolina and east Tennessee for the benefit of present and future generations. They achieve this by forging and maintaining conservation relationships with landowners and public agencies, owning and managing land, and working with communities to accomplish their conservation objectives.
During his time at Warren Wilson College, William served as the Natural Resources Crew Field Supervisor. In the past five years, in his capacity as Farmland Program Director at the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy, William has helped to preserve over 3,000 acres of private farm land through conservation easements and to raise over $9.5M toward the purchase of those conservation easements.
After graduating from Warren Wilson William went to North Carolina State College of Natural Resources and received a Master’s in Forestry. William enjoys life in the mountains of Western North Carolina with his wife Molly, daughters Anne and Evva, and son Hythe, and dog Tucker. He also enjoys basketball, hiking, and the rural life that this beautiful region affords.
Of Warren Wilson, William says, “Wilson is what got me into grad school; is what got me this job. You learn to focus at Warren Wilson. There is not down time—you just have to get it done.”