Reinventing the Appalachian Commons

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Jefferson C. Boyer Appalachian State University

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It was a momentous occasion. Just 10 days before the community celebrated the ‘saving’ of the 2000-acre Elk Knob region from developers, Dr. Patricia Beaver and several Appalachian Studies students met with 80-year-old Council Main on his family land with a spectacular view of Elk Knob and, stretching out beyond it, Ashe County, North Carolina’s Long Hope Ridge, and Peak Mountain. Pleased about the saving of his homeland and heritage, Council was identifying wild plants and explaining about their medicinal uses and how they were harvested.

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