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Date of this Event: Tue, 04/28/2015 - 7:00pm

Join Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy (CMLC) Tuesday, April 28th from 7:00PM to 8:00PM at REI Asheville to learn about the new CMLC White Squirrel Hiking Challenge, Version 3. CMLC is challenging outdoor enthusiasts of all experience levels to get outside and explore the most beautiful locales among their 28,000 protected acres. Hike on your own schedule to 8 CMLC-conserved lands to earn the famous white squirrel patch. Come learn all about how to take the challenge, the amazing trails and destinations to hike, and how your efforts will help save more land and earn you free hiking gear.

Registration is Required. You can register here.

Contact Sarah Harden, CMLC Outreach Associate, for more details: sarahh@carolinamountain.org; 828-697-5777.


Date of this Event: Thu, 03/26/2015 - 6:00pm

Join Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy (CMLC) on Thursday, March 26th for a presentation entitled Restoring the Mighty Giant: Creating Resistance to Two Pathogens. Up until a century ago, American chestnut was considered one of the most prominent foundation species throughout the eastern hardwood forests. The accidental introduction of “chestnut blight” and “ink disease” resulted in the functional loss of American chestnut throughout its range.  Learn how The American Chestnut Foundation has developed a chestnut tree resistant to “chestnut blight” and is well on its way to developing a resistance to “ink disease.”

The presenter is Tom Saielli, Southern Regional Science Coordinator of The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF). Tom oversees the organization’s Southeast region which includes the TACF state chapters of KY, TN, NC/SC (Carolina’s), AL and GA.

The program is the March edition of CMLC’s Speaker Series—held monthly across the land trust’s service area of Henderson, Transylvania, and Rutherford counties. It will be held at the Transylvania County Public Library from 6:00pm to 7:30pm. The event is co-sponsored by the NC Cooperative Extension. It is free and open to the public.

CMLC conserves land and water resources to benefit the quality of life of residents and visitors in Henderson, Transylvania, and surrounding counties. Since 1994, the land trust has protected more than 28,000 acres of naturally significant lands in our mountains.


Grab a beer for a good cause! Join Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy for Makin’-a-Difference Monday at Oskar Blues Brewery's taproom in Brevard on Monday, March 16th starting at 5:00PM. For every purchase you make of your favorite Oskar Blues brew, they’ll donate 10% of the proceeds to CMLC's land conservation efforts. Don’t miss this chance to help Oskar Blues support your favorite local land trust!


Date of this Event: Sun, 03/15/2015 - 2:00pm

Join CMLC for an interpretive hike highlighting the scenic beauty and rich history of Rockbrook Camp in Transylvania County on Sunday, March 15th.

Founded in 1921, Rockbrook Camp for Girls is a rustic summer camp located southwest of Brevard in the Dunns Rock township. In 2010, Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy placed a conservation easement on more than 115 acres of mountain slopes surrounding the camp.

With its picturesque waterfalls and scenic cliffs permanently protected, Camp Rockbrook, possible cradle of the white squirrel, will enter its 94th season this year in 2015.

Current Camp Director Jeff Carter and previous Camp Director Jerry Stone will share some of the history of the camp prior to our hike to Rockbrook Falls. There will be an optional additional hike to Castle Rock after we get back from Rockbrook Falls.

Total hiking distance to and from Rockbrook Falls is 1.0 mile; this is a moderate hike. The total hiking distance to and from the optional Castle Rock is also 1.0 mile; this hike is strenuous with most of the total elevation gain. There is a small leap from a ledge and over a crevase to get to the scenic Castle Rock, which can hold only about 10 people at a time.  Please note: the climb to Castle Rock is optional as it is very steep and negotiates slippery trail. The overall total elevation gain is 400 ft

Participants are required to be in good physical condition and capable of completing a two mile hike over uneven, forested terrain. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate dogs on this hike. 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/lunch to eat during the hike.

This hike is a CMLC members-only hike. To join CMLC or find out more information, visit www.carolinamountain.org. Space is limited on our hikes, so please reserve your spot today by using CMLC's Online Hike Sign-Up Form. Hike meeting locations and additional details will be sent upon confirmation of your spot on the hike within 1-2 days business days after requesting a spot. This hike can accomodate 30 hikers. 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 Outreach Associate Sarah Harden at Sarahh@carolinamountain.org. Please allow one full business day for a response to Sign-Ups and inquiries.


Date of this Event: Thu, 02/26/2015 - 6:00pm

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER. IT WILL BE RESCHEDULED FOR A LATER DATE.

 
Join CMLC on Thursday, February 26th for a presentation from Kieran Roe, Executive Director of CMLC; Michael Cheek, Assistant Regional Forester of Region 3 for the NC Forest Service;and Justin Boner, Director of NC Real Estate of The Conservation Fund.
 
The program will consist of CMLC's involvement in the Headwater State Forest project, how the project got its start, and the history of the property. Then, there will be a presentation detailing the project, ending with the benefits, how much has been done so far, and how much more there is to go before goals are met.
 
The CMLC Speaker Series featuring a Headwaters State Forest project presentation will be held from 6:00-7:30pm at the Transylvania County Library in the Rogow Room. This presentation is co-sponsored by Transylvania County'sCooperative Extension
 
The event is free and open to the public.
 

For more information on the event, visit carolinamountain.org, or sign up to receive our bi-weekly e-newsletter, The Holler.

For questions, contact CMLC Outreach Associate Sarah Harden at sarahh@carolinamountain.org or 828-697-5777.

CMLC conserves land and water resources to benefit the quality of life of residents and visitors in Henderson, Transylvania, and surrounding counties. Since 1994, the land trust has protected more than 27,000 acres of natural lands in our mountains.


Date of this Event: Sat, 02/21/2015 - 11:00am

 

 

THIS HIKE IS NOW CLOSED TO NEW SIGN-UPS. IT HAS ALSO BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR MARCH 7th. 

Green River Preserve (GRP) is CMLC's largest conservation easement and one of the largest in all of western NC. It contains a plethora of natural treasures and abundance of unspoiled mountain slopes making it one of the biggest and most biologically-diverse private wildlife preserves in western North Carolina.  More than 2,600 acres of GRP were conserved with CMLC in 2006. GRP hosts headwaters of the Green River watershed, including 22 miles of its tributaries and 8 miles of the river itself.  The Preserve abuts the 10,300 acre DuPont State Forest; its  seven mile boundary with DuPont serves as an ecological buffer and expands an exceptionally significant wildlife corridor. 

 

Also steeped in southern Appalachian cultural heritage, evidence of Native American habitation is routinely found in its many caves and secluded coves.  Remnants from the earliest mountain settlers of the Green River Valley are abundant throughout the Preserve, too. 

Join CMLC on Saturday, February 21st for a hike through the lush forests of Green River Preserve to reach Pretty Place, a scenic overlook at the edge of the dramatic Blue Ridge Escarpment. The out-and-back hike will ascend to the Eastern Continental Divide on woods road and exit GRP property to reach Camp Greenville on the North Carolina-South Carolina state line. The view from the Camp's Symmes Chapel, positioned at the edge of a cliff overlooking the South Carolina piedmont, is aptly named "Pretty Place". Total hiking distance is 4.5 miles (6.5 miles if part of the road is closed to cars). Hiking time will be about four hours including a stop for lunch while enjoying the view at Pretty Place; this does not include travel time to the hike itself.

This hike is rated MODERATE as it has a total elevation gain of 960 feet over its distance of 4.5 miles (6.5 miles if part of the road is closed to cars). Participants are required to be in reasonable physical condition and capable of completing a five mile hike over uneven, forested terrain. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate dogs 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.

THIS HIKE IS NOW CLOSED TO NEW SIGN-UPS. IT HAS ALSO BEEN RESCHEDULED.

This is hike is open to both members and non-members. Space is limited on our hikes, so please reserve your spot today by using CMLC's Online Hike Sign-Up Form. A confirmation email will be sent within 1-2 days business days after requesting a spot. This hike can accomodate 30 hikers. 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, contact CMLC Outreach Associate Sarah Harden at sarahh@carolinamountain.org. Please allow one full business day (or more around holidays) for a response to Hike Sign-Ups and hike inquiries.


Date of this Event: Sat, 01/17/2015 - 10:00am
Join us on Saturday, January 17th at Camp High Rocks to hike to the summit of Rich Mountain. With a stop at Cathedral Rocks en route, this hike is a beautiful upward trek to a scenic mountain top. Hikers will have a choice of stopping at Cathedral Rock or continuing up to the top of Rich Mountain. 
 
Camp High Rocks is a summer camp for boys founded in 1958. The camp is in the midst of 1,000 acres of camp owned mountain woodland, with an eleven acre lake, at an elevation of 3,000 feet.
 
Hiking distance is 2.7 miles round-trip with an elevation gain of 700 feet. The difficulty of this hike is rated as strenuous.
 
This hike is open to both members and non-members.

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.

Please sign-up today using CMLC's Online Hike Sign-Up Form. Hike meeting locations, times, and additional details will be sent through email upon confirmation of your spot on the hike. This hike can accomodate 30 hikers. 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, contact CMLC Outreach Associate Sarah Harden at sarahh@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: Wed, 01/14/2015 - 6:00pm

Join Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy (CMLC) Wednesday, January 14, 2015, for a presentation from Rose Senehi, the Western North Carolina author known for Dancing on Rocks, Render Unto the Valley, and many more. Rose will read passages from her books while elaborating on her local inspirations, some of which come from Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy. At the end of her readings, Rose will conduct a Q&A session and book signings.

The CMLC Speaker Series Featuring Rose Senehi will be held from 6:00pm to 7:30pm at the Henderson County Main Branch Library in the Kaplan Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. 

For more information, please contact Sarah Harden, CMLC Outreach Associate at sarahh@carolinamountain.org or (828) 697-5777.


Date of this Event: Mon, 12/22/2014 - 10:00am

Join CMLC on Monday,  December 22, 2014 to Siller Falls via Vaughn Creek Greenway. Enjoy a leisurely hike as you get away from the world awhile. This is also a Hiking Challenge 3 hike!

Primary Route: Hike the Vaughn Creek Greenway past Siller Falls to its end at a tunnel.

Hiking Distance: 1.5 miles round-trip

Elevation Gain: 50 feet

Difficulty: Easy

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.

Please sign-up today using CMLC's Online Hike Sign-Up Form. Hike meeting locations, times, and additional details will be sent through email upon confirmation of your spot on the hike. This hike can accomodate 30 hikers. 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, contact CMLC Outreach Associate Sarah Harden at sarahh@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.


 

In this issue:

  • New French Broad River Access for Paddlers and Anglers in Near Future;
  • 20th Anniversary Conservation Celebration Thank You;
  • New CMLC Staff and AmeriCorps Project Conserve Members;
  • Calendar of Events.

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