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Date of this Event: Sun, 07/17/2016 - 7:00pm

Join Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy for a celestial show atop CMLC-conserved Bearwallow Mountain on Sunday, July 17, 2016. We'll hike to the summit about 90 minutes before sunset in time to watch the fullmoon rise, then hike back down the gravel road about 60 minutes after sunset.

At 4,232 ft. above sea level, Bearwallow Mountain stands as the highest peak in the widely-visible Bearwallow Highlands range. Straddling the Eastern Continental Divide, it makes up part of the Blue Ridge Escarpment as well as the western rim of the Hickory Nut Gorge. Crowned with a grassy meadow at its summit, the mountain features a nearly 360 degree view that encompasses some of the southern Appalachians highest peaks including Mt. Mitchell in the Black Mountains and Mt. Pisgah in the Great Balsams range. Its breathtaking vista also includes a birds-eye view of Hickory Nut Gorge, as well as downtown Hendersonville. A historic fire lookout tower occupies the summit, as do grazing cattle who call the mountaintop home.

CMLC acquired a conservation easement on 81 acres at the summit of Bearwallow in 2009, forever protecting it from mountaintop development. An additional 85 acres were placed into a conservation easement on Bearwallow Mountain's ridgeline in 2012. At the moment, CMLC has conserved a total of 165 acres and is working toward conserving more than 300 acres at Bearwallow Mountain by the end of 2016.

Total hiking distance is 2.0 miles. This hike is rated strenuous with a total elevation gain of 537 feet. Attendance is free and open to the public. We will begin our hike Sunday evening before the sun sets, and then we will travel back down the mountain bathed in moonlight. Please note: because of the nature of this hike, plan to pack a flashlight and additional clothes, blanket/sleeping bag to stay warm while on the summit. It will probably be windy.

Participants are required to be in good physical condition and capable to hike over uneven, forested terrain. Hikers should wear sturdy walking shoes (no flip-flops), bring several layers of clothing in preparation for cold temperatures, pack plenty of water as well as a snack to eat during the hike. Hikers who attend are required to participate in the entire duration of the hike. 

This hike is open to the public as well as CMLC members. Space is limited on our hikes, so please reserve your spot by using CMLC's Online Hike Sign-Up Form. Hike meeting locations and additional details will be sent out to participants via e-mail 1-2 days prior to the hike. Reservations for a spot on this hike will be taken on a first-come, first-serve basis using:

CMLC's Online Outing Sign-Up Form

For questions, contact CMLC's Community Outreach Associate Corinne Fretwell at corinne@carolinamountain.org. Please allow one full business day for a response to Sign-Ups and inquiries. In the event of inclement weather, please call our office at (828) 697-5777 as we may have to cancel the outing.


Date of this Event: Thu, 06/23/2016 - 8:00am

Interested in volunteering with CMLC? Come to a Volunteer Information Session!

Join CMLC's Volunteer and Community Engagement Associate (VCEA) on Thursday, June 23rd from 8:00-9:00 AM at the CMLC office located at 847 Case Street in Hendersonville, NC.

At the session, you'll take a tour of CMLC and meet staff, AmeriCorps members, and fellow prospective volunteers in the office. You'll learn all about CMLC, our mission, and how you can get involved through a short presentation given by the VCEA.

This information session can count as a volunteer orientation for new volunteers, so you'll be ready to get started!

Contact Ericka, the VCEA at volunteer@carolinamountain.org or sign up online here if you'd like to attend this or another information session!

 

Date of this Event: Tue, 06/14/2016 - 5:30pm

Interested in volunteering with CMLC? Come to a Volunteer Information Session!

Join CMLC's Volunteer and Community Engagement Associate (VCEA) on Tuesday, June 14th from 5:30-6:30 PM at the CMLC office located at 847 Case Street in Hendersonville, NC.

At the session, you'll take a tour of CMLC and meet staff, AmeriCorps members, and fellow prospective volunteers in the office. You'll learn all about CMLC, our mission, and how you can get involved through a short presentation given by the VCEA.

This information session can count as a volunteer orientation for new volunteers, so you'll be ready to get started!

Contact Ericka, the VCEA at volunteer@carolinamountain.org or sign up online here if you'd like to attend this or another information session!

 

Date of this Event: Sun, 06/12/2016 - 10:00am

Join CMLC and Pardee in this special edition guided Hiking Challenge 3 hike! We will be celebrating Pardee's sponsorship of the White Squirrel Hiking Challenge with a presentation from special Pardee guests Sarah Philipp and Chelsea Darley. This event will also celebrate the finalization of establishing permanent public access to Trombatore Trail and Blue Ridge Pastures!

Sarah Philipp is an Athletic Trainer with Pardee Sports Medicine and will be talking with participants about the importance of using hiking poles when trail walking. Pardee Signature Care Center coordinator Chelsea Darley will be providing information on the Heels in Motion community walking program she introduced in January of 2016. Both are natives of western North Carolina and are eager to share their love of the outdoors with others! We are excited to welcome such wonderful guests on this incredibly rewarding hike.

Trombatore trail is a strenuous 5.0 mile out-and-back journey, during which hikers will descend into and out of a rich cove forest on the way to the panoramic summit of Blue Ridge Pastures. This hike has steep uphill climbs and downhill runs in both directions, and features a total elevation gain of 1200 feet

Participants are required to be in reasonable physical condition and capable of completing a four mile hike over uneven, forested terrain. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate pets on this hike. Hikers should wear sturdy walking shoes (no flip-flops), bring several layers of clothing in preparation for changing warm and cold temperatures, pack plenty of water as well as a snack/lunch to eat during the hike. Hikers who attend are required to participate in the entire duration of the hike. Hikers must be age 12 and up.

Space is limited on our hikes, so please reserve your spot today by using CMLC's Online Hike Sign-Up FormHike meeting locations, times, and additional details will be sent through email upon confirmation of your spot on the hike. Reservations for a spot on this hike will be taken on a first-come, first-serve basis using:

CMLC's Online Hike Sign-Up Form

For questions about this or other CMLC hikes, contact CMLC Community Outreach Associate Corinne Fretwell at corinne@carolinamountain.orgIn the event of inclement weather, please call our office at (828) 697-5777 to learn about a hike cancellation.


Date of this Event: Fri, 06/10/2016 - 10:00am

Go outside with CMLC on Friday, June 10th from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm!

The primary purpose of the monthly Lewis Creek workdays is to restore habitat, remove non-native invasive species, and maintain the walking trail at CMLC's Lewis Creek Nature Preserve near Edneyville, NC. These volunteer service days are held monthly, and the specific projects undertaken are determined closer to the event date.

Lewis Creek is owned and monitored by CMLC.  It is maintained by CMLC staff, AmeriCorps members, and volunteers who come out monthly to help maintain this beautiful preserve. This property is special, consisting of a large field and a southern Appalachian mountain bog. 

At this volunteer day, you will be given a tour of Lewis Creek property and background information on CMLC's involvement and management strategies to this date. You will also learn more about what CMLC has in store for this property.

Frequent projects out at Lewis Creek include removing non-native invasive plants by cutting with hand pruners and then applying an aquatic safe herbicide,hand-pulling of smaller non-native invasive plants, and other habitat restoration activities such as bog bridge building and maintenance, bird house building and installation, and clearing of the grass trail.

 Occasionally, volunteers may also engage in other activities.

The workday will be a great chance to meet others interested in improving and maintaining the lands we love, and it will be a wonderful opportunity to learn more about invasive species management, nature preserve management, and other potential volunteer opportunities at CMLC.

Training will be provided on site. All protective equipment will also be provided along with light snacks and beverages (granola bars and water or tea). 

What to bring: Lunch (or a snack), water bottle, long pants and sleeves, closed toe shoes, hat (optional), work gloves (if you have them), Waders or tall rubber boots (if you have them), Rain gear (just in case), emergency contact information (also, just in case!).

If you would like to sign up for this event, please contact the Volunteer and Community Engagement Associate at volunteer@carolinamountain.org


Date of this Event: Sat, 06/04/2016 - 9:00am

Support CMLC by eating at Mountain Deli (343 Main St.) and The Green Room (536 N. Main St.) and by shopping at both Hendersonville's Mast General Store (527 N. Main St.) and Shelley's Jewelry (429 N. Main St.) on Land Trust Day: Saturday, June 4th, 2016

In support of land conservation in western North Carolina, Mountain Deli, The Green Room Cafe and Coffeehouse, Mast General Store (Hendersonville location only), and Shelley's Jewelry, will donate up to 20% of June 4th's sales to CMLC! 

 

Why is National Land Trust Day Important? Land Trusts help to do the following:

1. Protect water quality - Keeping our streams, watersheds, and drinking water clean.

2. Protect scenic views - Keeping our mountaintops and valleys beautiful.

3. Protect local public parks, such as Chimney Rock Park and DuPont SRF - Helping create public lands and continuing to buffer their boarders for their protection.

4. Protect farms and local food - Helping protect productive agricultural soils. Henderson Country is one of the most important agricultural counties in WNC.

5. Protect the unique plants and animals - Helping to keep the ladyslippers, salamanders, and other plants and animals in a safe, protected habitat.

6. Create new places for recreational activities, such as Florence Nature Preserve and the Hickory Nut Gorge - Allows CMLC and other organizations to offer special hikes and outings.

Browse Mast General Store online and Shelley's Jewelry online now to find out what catches your eye for your in-store purchase on June 4th. Also, be sure to bring your appetite and enjoy a delicious breakfast or lunch at Mountain Deli and  The Green Room all in support of land conservation and CMLC! 

#landtrustday  #nclandtrusts

For more information, please contact CMLC Donor Relations Manager Laura Pocock at laura@carolinamountain.org or 828-697-5777 ext 203.

 


Date of this Event: Thu, 06/02/2016 - 9:00am

That's right, you can enjoy your favorite bayou-style meal from Mayfel's of Downtown Asheville all the more knowing that every bite is supporting land conservation in WNC. Mayfel's is donating 15% of their total sales from Thursday, June 2nd to CMLC as part of their 2016 Conservation Days.

Open from 9:00am to 10:00pm, Mayfel's has delicious brunch and dinner menus featuring Louisiana Bayou inspired plates like shrimp and grits, crab cakes, and fried green tomatos. Complete your meal with a craft beer, glass of wine, or specialty cocktail from their full bar. CMLC will be present with info in hand about our conservation and programming so you can learn more about the beautiful places you'll be conserving as you eat your tasty meal. 

Mayfel's is located in Downtown Asheville at 22 College Street. Bring your friends and appetite and we'll see you there!


Date of this Event: Wed, 06/01/2016 - 6:00pm

 

Join us after work on Wednesday, June 1st, to check out a CMLC protected Southern Appalachian mountain bog in Flat Rock. This tour will be led by David Lee, CMLC's Natural Resources Manager and special guest Anita Goetz of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Learn about the Southern Appalachian mountain bog habitat, get to know this particular property, see a rare species that makes this land so important!

This hike will be for CMLC members only. If you are not already a member with us, learn about the benefits of membership and join us here--we would love to have you on this special tour and get to show you one of the incredible sites we have protected. Due to the sensitivity of the mountain bog environment, there will be a cap of 10 guests allowed on this tour. Reservations will be taken on a first come, first serve basis using CMLC's Online Hike Sign-Up Form. Additional information will be sent upon confirmation fo your spot on the hike within 1-3 business days after requesting a spot. 

CMLC's Online Hike Sign-Up Form

For questions, contact CMLC Community Outreach Associate Corinne Fretwell at corinne@carolinamountain.orgIn the event of inclement weather, please call our office at (828) 697-5777 to learn about a hike cancellation.


AmeriCorps Project Conserve 2016-2017 position descriptions are up! This CMLC program places members in service with one of 18 host site organizations working to protect the unique natural resources of the southern Blue Ridge Mountain region. Each member will serve 1,700 hours during an 11 month term, from September 1st through July 31st.  During their terms of service, members will promote conservation through education, volunteerism and direct service. In addition to serving on individual projects outlined by partnering sites, members participate in 1 to 3 required trainings and service days with the full Project Conserve team. Trainings may cover a broad range of topics including conflict resolution, forest management, trail construction, invasive plant identification, and disaster preparedness.

Eligibility

Project Conserve Applicants must:

  • Be a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the United States
  • Be at least 18 years of age at the commencement of service
  • Be available between September 1, 2016 and July 31, 2017 and commit to full-time service
  • Consent to a criminal history check and be cleared for service
  • Meet minimum education requirements (see individual service descriptions for specific requirements)
  • Additional qualifications for each position are listed in the individual service descriptions
  • Essential functions for each position are listed in the individual service descriptions

Compensation

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Members earn a living stipend of $12,530 over the 11-month term of service (Please be aware that the living stipend is taxed when you are budgeting living expenses). Upon successful completion of the program, each member will also receive an education award of $5,775. This award can be used to pay off existing school loans or apply for future education. Other benefits include health insurance and childcare assistance.

The policy and intent of CMLC and AmeriCorps Project Conserve is to provide equal employment opportunity to all persons regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation or gender identity, disability, sex or age, or other status protected by law. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. AmeriCorps Project Conserve will provide reasonable accommodations to individuals with known mental / physical disabilities. Application materials are available in large-print format upon request.

Applications are due by June 1st!

See the full AmeriCorps Project Conserve Website

View the 2016-2017 position descriptions

Learn how to apply and see the application timeline


Date of this Event: Fri, 05/27/2016 - 10:00am

Get outdoors with CMLC on Friday, May 27th from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm in the beautiful Upper Hickory Nut Gorge.

We will be working in Florence Nature Preserve in Gerton, NC. This property is owned by CMLC and monitored and maintained by CMLC staff and a group of volunteers.

Primarily, workdays at FNP involve removing non-native invasive plants by cutting with hand-tools and then applying herbicide or by hand-pulling small invasives. Other forest management projects are also undertaken depending on the needs of the property at that time, such as debris clearing from trails, stream monitoring, or weed-whacking of the meadow area.

This preserve has around 6 miles of public access trails and provides a great opportunity for people to get out into nature!

Training will be provided on site. All protective equipment and some light snacks and drinks (such as granola bars and tea or water) will be provided.

What to bring: 
Lunch or snacks 
Water bottle 
Long pants and sleeves
Closed toe shoes 
Hat (optional)
Work gloves (if you have them) 
Rain gear (just in case) 
Emergency contact information (also, just in case!)

To sign up, please contact Ericka, the Volunteer and Community Engagement Associate at volunteer@carolinamountain.org


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