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Date of this Event: Sun, 05/03/2015 - 2:00pm

The Southeast's Fiercest 5K.

A Mountaintop Finish Line with:

Beer. Bluegrass. 360° View.

BEARWALLOW BEAST 5K TRAIL RUN & FESTIVAL

Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy presents the 4th annual Bearwallow Beast 5K Trail Run & Festival, featuring more than 1,400 feet of elevation gain over its 3.1 miles. Local beer, live bluegrass music, and a breathtaking 360° view atop CMLC-conserved Bearwallow Mountain await at the mountaintop festival at the finish line (runners age 21+ get one free beer). Also featuring the Kids' Firetower Fun Run and on-site food vendors.

When: Sunday, May 3rd; 2:00pm
Where: Gerton, NC
Cost: Race = $35 registration; Festival = FREE

Not a runner but don't want to miss one of the most unique parties of the year while also supporting CMLC's land conservation efforts? Cheer the runners on while enjoying the FREE mountaintop festival beginning at 1:30pm. Festival-goers can arrive early and park at Grand Highlands (10 Autumn Sky Drive Hendersonville, NC 28792) and catch a shuttle to the top of Bearwallow Mountain.

Join the race to save our mountains!

www.bearwallowbeast.com

Registration for the Bearwallow Beast 5k is open now at imathlete.com

Volunteer at the Bearwallow Beast:

Volunteers are needed for everything from parking to beer pouring. Volunteer shifts are available throughout the day.

Note: VolunteerSpot will ask you to enter your email address before signing up. You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot and VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you would prefer not to use VolunteerSpot, please email Caroline@carolinamountain.org to sign up!

 


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, 04/23/2015 - 10:00am

Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy invites you to join us for a Weekday Wildflower Walk at Sherwood Forest, a private residential community in Transylvania County on Thursday, April 23rd. This hike is open to members and non-members.

The wildflower walk will be about two and a half hours long through a rich cove forest, stopping along the way to view and discuss flowers.  We will be led by Margaret Napier, a wildflower expert.  For those who want to bring a lunch with them, we can eat at picnic tables near Robin Hood Barn; rest rooms are available at nearby Robin Hood Center if there is not an event going on at that time.

Total cumulative walking distance is  2.0 miles. This walk is rated as easy in difficulty, featuring a total elevation gain of 500 feetThis hike can only accomidate 20 people total, per the wildflower leader's request. 

Participants are required to be in reasonable physical condition and capable of completing a two 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 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 20 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

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: Wed, 04/22/2015 - 6:00pm

Please join CMLC and Patrick Horan for the late April Speaker Series on Wednesday, April 22nd to learn about current hemlock restoration projects. 

 

Over the last decade, the exotic forest pest, Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA) has ravaged our southern Appalachian forests. Since the “arrival” of HWA in our area, Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy has been working to protect our native Eastern and Carolina hemlocks from this attack. Come and find out how HWA kills hemlocks, how predator beetles can protect these special trees and what CMLC is doing to promote hemlock restoration.

 

The CMLC Speaker Series featuring CMLC, Patrick Horan, and current hemlock restoration projects will be held from 6:00-7:30pm at the Henderson County Public Library.

 

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, 04/18/2015 - 10:00am

Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy invites you to join us for a MEMBERS ONLY wildflower walk at Sherwood Forest, a private residential community in Transylvania County on Saturday, April 18th.

The wildflower walk will be about two and a half hours long through a rich cove forest, stopping along the way to view and discuss flowers.  We will be led by Margaret Napier, a wildflower expert.  For those who want to bring a lunch with them, we can eat at picnic tables near Robin Hood Barn; rest rooms are available at nearby Robin Hood Center if there is not an event going on at that time.

Total cumulative walking distance is  2.0 miles. This walk is rated as easy in difficulty, featuring a total elevation gain of 500 feet. This hike can only accomidate 20 people total, per the wildflower leader's request. 

Participants are required to be in reasonable physical condition and capable of completing a two 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 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 20 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

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: Wed, 04/15/2015 - 6:00pm

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FROM FEBRUARY 26th TO APRIL 15th

 
Join CMLC on Wednesday, April 15th for a presentation from Kieran Roe, Executive Director of CMLC; Michael Cheek, Assistant Regional Forester of Region 3 for the NC Forest Service;Bill Holman, NC State Director of The Conservation Fund; 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 the NC Cooperative 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.

 

“This event is neither sponsored nor endorsed by the Transylvania County Library or Government.”

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.

 


John Myers and Jane Lawson announced as 2015 Recipients of CMLC’s Prestigious Lela McBride Award

Lela McBride was a community leader and conservationist that enabled the completion of Henderson County’s first Natural Heritage Inventory. She subsequently created the Henderson County Natural Heritage Trust, which grew to become CMLC in 1994. The Lela McBride Award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to land conservation and stewardship in the region. Former winners include CMLC founding fathers John Humphrey and Rep. Chuck McGrady, Congressman Charles Taylor, and NC Commissioner of Agriculture Steve Troxler.

Beginning nearly a decade ago, John Myers and Jane Lawson have partnered with CMLC on multiple conservation projects that have been a catalyst for a growing network of land protection and public hiking trails in the Upper Hickory Nut Gorge. The couple first conserved 35 acres of their property adjacent to the Hickory Nut-Forest Eco-Community in Gerton via conservation easement in 2006.

Myers and Lawson worked with CMLC again in 2011 with the sale of 31 acres of their property with frontage on Gerton Highway (US 74A) for the establishment of a new public trailhead to CMLC’s Florence Nature Preserve. The Upper Hickory Nut Gorge Trailhead is now a Henderson County park. It is the primary jumping off point for the developing trail network in the Upper Hickory Nut Gorge. In an effort to both protect the land and ensure public access to the area’s trails, Myers and Lawson generously accepted well less than its market value.

In 2013, Myers and Lawson partnered with CMLC once more to permanently conserve the 103-acre Wildcat Rock tract on the north slopes of Little Bearwallow Mountain. Protection of the tract not only safeguards dramatic cliff faces, a 100-foot waterfall, and a plethora of biodiversity, it made possible the construction of the Little Bearwallow Trail, a new public footpath that will connect the Upper Hickory Nut Gorge Trailhead to the popular summit of Bearwallow Mountain. To again further conservation and trails in the region, Myers and Lawson sold the tract to CMLC for nearly half of its market value.

While Myers and Lawson directly have protected 169 acres of mountain lands in Henderson County, their impact has stretched far beyond their own property holdings. Their enthusiasm for the importance of preserving the region’s natural heritage spread to neighboring landowners who followed suit in conserving their own properties with CMLC. Persuasion from Myers and Lawson led the Barnwell family to conserve 170 acres atop Bearwallow Mountain and the Brock family to protect 25 acres at the Chimney View tract. Both tracts are adjacent to the conserved Wildcat Rock property, expanding a contiguous corridor of protected lands in the Gorge.

While Myers and Lawson can be personally associated with 364 acres conserved in the Upper Hickory Nut Gorge—with the protection of up to 300 more acres at Bearwallow Mountain still in progress—it may be their wider vision to connect these treasured lands by public foot trails that will endure as their most impactful legacy. Myers and Lawson are the visionaries for the Upper Hickory Nut Gorge Trail, a 15-mile continuous footpath that will circumnavigate the Upper Gorge and community of Gerton. The hiking circuit will link protected lands conserved by CMLC—including Bearwallow Mountain, Wildcat Rock, and Florence Nature Preserve—as well as those protected by the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy. One day, the trail network may connect conserved lands in the Upper Hickory Nut Gorge to Chimney Rock State Park and Lake Lure.

For their enduring commitment to the conservation of the Upper Hickory Nut Gorge and their innovative vision to connect its forever-protected natural treasures by public trails, CMLC is proud to present the 2015 Lela McBride Award to John Myers and Jane Lawson.


 Gerton Duo, McGrady, Community Volunteers Honored at CMLC’s Annual Meeting

HENDERSONVILLE, NC—Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy (CMLC) announced John Myers and Jane Lawson, of Gerton, as winners of the organization’s prestigious 2015 Lela McBride Award. The award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to land conservation and stewardship in the region.

The award was given out at CMLC’s Annual Meeting at Camp Tekoa in Hendersonville on Sunday, April 12. Bestowed annually, Myers and Lawson are the 21st recipients of the award. Former winners include Rep. Chuck McGrady, Congressman Charles Taylor, and NC Commissioner of Agriculture Steve Troxler.

Beginning nearly a decade ago, t have partnered with CMLC on multiple conservation projects that have been a catalyst for a growing network of land protection and public hiking trails in the Upper Hickory Nut Gorge. The couple has directly protected 169 acres of their own land in Henderson County are are the visionaries of the region’s budding trail network.

Lela McBride, the award’s namesake, was a community leader and conservationist that enabled the completion of Henderson County’s first Natural Heritage Inventory. She subsequently created the Henderson County Natural Heritage Trust, which grew to become CMLC. 

CMLC also recognized Representative Chuck McGrady and his wife Jean for their two decades of commitment to CMLC’s conservation efforts. McGrady was one of CMLC’s early board presidents. He played an instrumental role in the organization’s involvement in the conservation of DuPont State Recreational Forest.

Also honored at the meeting were 23 community volunteers for donating at least 70 hours of volunteer service to the land trust in 2014. CMLC recognized John Humphrey, David Brown, Diana Richards, Al and Barb Pung, Mike Knoerr, Genien Carlson, Bill Imhof, Fred Weed, Jerry McAninch, Wes Burlingame, Patrick Horan, Connie Backlund, Amos Dawson, Chris McDonnell, Bob Lindsey, Skip Sheldon, Jim Neal, Mary Beth Hayes, Brenda Hillyer, Tom Weaver, Mickey Kilpatrick, and Tom Davis.

Volunteers donated a total of 5,743 hours in 2014 which made it possible for CMLC to conserve more than 1,000 acres of land last year.

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 natural lands in western North Carolina. For more information, visit www.carolinamountain.org.

 


Members, volunteers, and friends of CMLC! Join us for our 20th Anniversary Annual Meeting and Volunteer Recognition Event on Sunday, April 12th from 2:00-4:30pm. 

The meeting will be held in the dining hall of Camp Tekoa in Hendersonville, NC and will include the following:

  • CMLC year-end summary
  • Guest speaker - NC Representative, 117th District, Chuck McGrady
  • Special recognition of CMLC founders and early supporters
  • Volunteer recognition awards
  • Lela McBride Award presentation
  • Nature hike

For more information, please contact CMLC Volunteer Program Associate Caroline Ketcham at caroline@carolinamountain.org, or call the office at 828-697-5777.


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