Community identity is often informed by the landscapes that make up a region, and it’s no different for the people of Ashe County. As one of the oldest rivers in the world, the New River built Ashe County. Whether bringing families together through recreation or providing opportunities for economic development through outdoor and adventure companies, the river’s presence is constant. But how do you ensure this community cornerstone endures for generations to come? Meet Chelsea Blount and Jeff Parrish, two of the stewards working to protect the New River.