Get Involved

The Appalachian Land Study needs you! And fortunately, there are many ways to get involved! 

Join our Advisory Council:

Our team of advisors, comprised of of scholars, community leaders, and professionals, periodically reviews our work to ensure that we are keeping with our values, working rigorously and collaboratively, and producing results to the highest scholarly standards. We also ask these advisors to be “on call” for occasional consultation of their specialty knowledge, for example about taxation and local governance, legal questions, methodological issues, etc. 

If you were involved in the 1979 land study, have experience in local or state government or working on specific policy issues, can offer legal expertise, are an Appalachian scholar, are a longtime resident and/or movement veteran of the region, or are interested in offering technical expertise and consulting, we especially want to hear from you! Please fill out this form to get in touch

Join our Email List:

Our regular newsletter is the key to staying up-to-date about what’s happening with the land study; we send summary newsletters only periodically and will not clutter your inbox! Please sign up here

Organize in your community:

Organizing with the land study is a place-based process, so we would love to consult with you to talk through the strategy that makes sense. Communities who organize with the land study are involved in requesting and reviewing land ownership and revenues records and hosting public facing conversations about land justice and inequality. We can support you! Take a look at our organizer toolkits from past meetings and teach-ins to get an idea of the possibilities, check to see if anyone in your state or community is already involved, and contact us to set up a planning call! 

Join our webinar series on organizing for land justice in Appalachia and the South! 

This collaborative webinar series with the Highlander Center for Research and Education and PeoplesHub is coming in spring 2020. We will introduce the role of land in just transition and consider the different ways people are organizing across Appalachian and the South. Contact or sign up for our email list to be notified when registration opens.  

Make a Donation:

We are a collaborative of grassroots organizers, professional academics, community members concerned about land, and organizations/institutions. No one group owns this study. Your donation will go into an account that supports our work directly and is managed by the wider network’s coordinating committee, which strives to operate in a democratic and transparent fashion with all stakeholders. As a community-led effort without major funding, your contribution is extremely valued and will be put to good work. We prioritize funding community-based events and data processing/hosting needs (software subscriptions and county fees to fulfill requests for data). We are not able to provide tax-deduction letters*. If you want to contribute directly to the land study, and do not need a letter for tax purposes, please click here.


*Note, if you would like to receive a letter for tax purposes, please make your contribution to our Fiscal Sponsor, the Livelihoods Knowledge Exchange Network and add a note to “comments or special designation” that says “land study.” You may also mail a contribution to their office at 109 Rosemont Garden, Lexington, KY, 40503 with “land study” in the memo of your check.