April 16, 2013. Students from Appalachian State University will host a 24-hour stand in on Appalachian’s Sanford Mall beginning at 9 a.m. on April 23 to stand in solidary with Eustace Conway and Turtle Island Preserve.
Turtle Island Preserve, a nonprofit environmental education camp, was forced to close last November by the Watauga County Planning & Inspections Department and Appalachian District Health Department. Both organizations claim that the preserve failed to meet county building and health requirements.
Appalachian students and community members supportive of Turtle Island plan to bring grievances to local government officials, urging them to keep the preserve open. Demonstrators plan to march on April 23 at 2 p.m. from the university’s campus to the Watauga County Health Department and Watauga County Planning and Inspections Department to express support for Turtle Island.
“Turtle Island Preserve and Eustace Conway embody what it means to be a true Mountaineer,” said Andy Bratton, an Appalachian student and supporter of Turtle Island. “Eustace has devoted his life to living in unity with the land and the environment and he has a passion for teaching others to do the same.”
Eustace Conway will also speak on April 22 at 6 p.m. in room 114 of Anne Belk Library and Information Commons about his struggles to keep the preserve open.
To learn more about Turtle Island Preserve, visit http://www.turtleislandpreserve.com/.
For more information about the 24-hour stand in or Eustace Conway speech, please contact Andy Bratton at [email protected].
For much more background information, check out these articles: https://www.hcpress.com/tag/eustace-conway-and-the-battle-at-turtle-island