Join Us

The Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards is a grassroots organization, and that means that we run on the volunteer work of our members.

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Become a Member

SAMS is a member driven organization, follow this link to learn how to become a member.

Membership Meeting

The Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards is a membership driven organization, and our monthly membership meetings are where we make most of our decisions.  Membership meetings are the third Tuesday of every month at 6:30 pm at the SAMS office, 511 Main Street downtown Appalachia, Virginia. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to come to these meetings, even if you haven’t become a member just yet.

Wise Energy for Virginia

SAMS is a part of the Wise Energy for Virginia Coalition which has weekly strategy calls every Friday at 11am.  All SAMS members are encouraged to  come down to the office for these calls to keep up-to-date on our involvement in the Coalition.


Become an Intern

SAMS also runs an internship program where young people can put in regular volunteer hours in support of the mission of SAMS.  We can provide food and housing to interns, and stipends are a possibility for the future.  Some interns have even received college credit for their work with SAMS.  Follow this link to read more about our internship program and to learn how to apply.



If you’re not sure what you want to do, but you know you want to get involved, just call into the office and ask how you can help out.

Office number: 276-565-6167

SAMS e-mail:

4 Responses to Join Us

  1. geri maskell says:

    Please change my email to: Thank you.

  2. Lawrence Cassada Jr says:

    Hello! I’ve been getting the email updates and action requests at my email address that’s about to be cancelled (no choice on my part), and I’ve just unsubscribed, hoping I could quickly find a page that would allow me to re-subscribe with the address I’ve provided for this message. Maybe if you were to put a link in emails that allows one to change these things, rather than only unsubscribe, it would be easier. Thanks!


  3. Lisa Surratt says:

    All —
    I am a female independent filmmaker in Louisa VA. I was studying SkyHawk’s activism which lead me to you. Is there anyway I can help by working on a documentary would benefit your story and get more publicity around what you are trying to do? I would gladly volumnteer my services. Please feel free to email me and let me know if that sounds interesting to you.

    Cheers & Best Wishes,

    Lisa Surratt
    Bad Influence Films LLC

  4. Dave McNutt says:

    I was born in Arno, VA in 1945. My father, grandfather and great-grandfathers were miners. My dad worked at the Derby mine. We moved to Ohio in 1954, and my parents returned to Arno in 1973, when my dad retired. Dad died in 1989, and I moved mom to Ohio in 1990 so I could look after her.

    I first noticed the devastation of the mountains when I was on Google Earth a few years ago. I have made a few trips back over the years, once to bury my mother and several other trips for the funerals of relatives.

    I remember the mountains when I was a kid, and how I loved being in them. It seemed that things there were so fresh and clean in those days. My dad had a garden about a mile up the mountain above our home, and I remember going there with him. There was a spring nearby, and I’ll never forget drinking water, fresh, clean and cool bubbling straight up from the ground. According to satellite maps, the entire area is now a moonscape.

    I know this nation needs energy, and I know people need jobs, but what a terrible price we are paying. When the mountains are gone, and the coal companies have moved on to greener places, what then? The jobs will be gone, and the world we once knew will be destroyed.

    My wife and I visited Arno and Derby in October, while on a geneaology research tour of Scott and Wise counties. I felt sick in my heart when I saw close-up what had been done. COAL…IT KEEPS THE LIGHTS ON ! But I ask you, what good are lights when you live in a barren, polluted place which bears no resemblance of what once was.

    What has happened is not just a crime. I believe it is a sin. If not against God, certainly against mankind.

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