Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Getting on Board

The Appalachian Program hosted The Mountain Institute's annual meeting this past week. Staff members from TMI's international programs traveled from the Andes and the Himalayas to converge with Headquarters staff from DC and board members from around the world. 

Each program works independently to address the needs of its local mountain communities so it's not often that we're all in the same place. It's fulfilling to come together and be reminded that each of these mountain ranges, as far apart as they are, share a startling number of similarities. In many ways, Appalachian communities have more in common with those in the Himalayas than they do with cities and towns in the American lowlands. Our portfolio of projects is diverse - watershed education, medicinal plant cultivation, glacial lake monitoring - but our mission is the same everywhere we work. We're all inspired by the mountains.

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