About Us

Five members of APHN staff standing side by side.
Appalachian Highlands Network Staff (left to right): Brian Witcher - Program Manager/Data Manager, Nora Murdock - Ecologist [retired], Robert Emmott - Biologist [retired], Jim Hughes - Hydrologist, Evan Raskin - Asst. Data Manager/Biologist

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A multi-level organizational structure ensures accountability and efficiency of the Appalachian Highlands Inventory and Monitoring Network program. The network is responsible to a Board of Directors and Technical Committee composed of park superintendents and staff who participate on a rotating basis. Program guidance and oversight is provided by the Inventory and Monitoring Division of the National Park Service's Washington Office.

The network consists of four permanent NPS personnel who work closely with each park's natural resources program to develop and implement long-term monitoring and provide sound scientific information to park managers.

Appalachian Highlands Network Staff Contacts

Name Title/Position Phone Number Location
Brian Witcher Program Manager/Data Manager 828-407-5654 NC
Jim Hughes Hydrologist 423-569-7315 TN
Evan Raskin Assistant Data Manager/Biologist 828-407-5655 NC

North Carolina Address

Appalachian Highlands Inventory and Monitoring Network
c/o Blue Ridge Parkway
67 Ranger Drive
Asheville, NC 28805

Tennessee Address

Appalachian Highlands Inventory and Monitoring Network
c/o Big South Fork NRRA
4564 Leatherwood Road
Oneida, TN 37841


Last updated: July 25, 2018