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Date of this Event: Sat, 06/28/2014 - 10:00am

On Saturday, June 28th, Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy welcomes you to join us for the newest hike in the Upper Hickory Nut Gorge- the Trombatore Trail!

On this out-and-back journey, hikers will descend into and out of a rich cove forest on the way to the panoramic summit of Blue Ridge Pastures. the Total cumulative hiking distance is  5.0 miles. This hike is rated as strenuous in difficulty, featuring 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 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 Matt Kirk at matt@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: Thu, 06/12/2014 - 7:30pm

Join Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy for a summer solstice celestial show atop CMLC-conserved Bearwallow Mountain on Thursday, June 12th. We'll hike to the summit in time to first watch the full moon-rise followed by sunset 30 minutes later.

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. CMLC is working toward the total conservation of more than 480 acres at Bearwallow Mountain.

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 at 7:30 pm. Moonrise will be at 8:19 pm and sunset will be at 8:45 pm. We will return to the trail head by 9:30 pm. 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.

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 Trails & Outreach Associate Matt Kirk at matt@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.

Photo credit: Gale Rainwater


Date of this Event: Sat, 05/24/2014 - 10:00am

Join Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy (CMLC) on Saturday, May 24, for a guided hike through the private trail system of the Connestee Falls community in Transylvania County. This hike features five major waterfalls, including Connestee Falls, Silver Slip Falls, Upper-, Middle-, and Lower-Batson Creek Falls. 

Connestee Falls, Batson Creek Falls, and Silver Slip Falls were protected by CMLC through a conservation easement in 2003. Once privately-owned with restricted access, the falls are now the centerpiece of a new Transylvania County park.

Total cumulative hiking distance is 2.1 miles. This hike is rated as moderate in difficulty, featuring a total elevation gain of 400 feet

This CMLC hike is open to the public: members and non-members are invited, so please consider registering a friend to attend the hike. The Connestee Falls community trail system is not otherwise open to the public, so take advantage of this opportunity to hike new trails with CMLC.

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 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 Matt Kirk at matt@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: Thu, 05/22/2014 - 10:00am

Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy invites you to join us for a wildflower walk at Sherwood Forest, a private residential community in Transylvania County on Thursday, May 22nd.

The wildflower walk will be about two hours long through a rich cove forest, stopping along the way to view and discuss flowers.  We will be led by Sherwood Forest residents.  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.

Total cumulative hiking distance is  2.0 miles. This hike is rated as easy in difficulty, featuring a total elevation gain of 500 feet

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 Matt Kirk at matt@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: Sun, 05/04/2014 - 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 3rd 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 4th; 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 KristenT@carolinamountain.org to sign up!

 


Date of this Event: Tue, 04/22/2014 - 5:30pm

Join CMLC for an educational workshop to learn how to grow shiitake mushrooms. Following a brief presentation on easy-to-grow edible mushrooms, participants will be able to inoculate their very own shiitake log to take home. The event will take place at the CMLC office on April 22nd from 5:30-7:00pm. Space is limited; RSVP is required no later than Friday, April 18th. Workshop fee is $10.00.

Click here to RSVP.


At their Annual Meeting Sunday, April 6 at Camp Tekoa, Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy (CMLC) honored 17 volunteers for their contributions to the land trust in 2013. For their dedication and service donating at least 70 hours of volunteer service, CMLC recognized John Humphrey, Jim Neal, Genien Carlson, Diana Richards, Arnold “Skip” Sheldon, Amos Dawson, David Humphrey, Bill Imhof, Bob Lindsey, Lewis Blodgett, Fred Weed, Mark Tooley, Mark Robson, John Busse, Ann Hendrickson, and Patrick Horan, and Claire Dillman.

As a tribute to their 20thyear of land conservation, CMLC recognized their 10 volunteer Board Presidents with a perpetual plaque made by local artist, Amy Wald. Past and current Board Presidents include Jack Tate, Rep. Chuck McGrady, John Humphrey, Anne Valentine, Jim Neal, Bob Wald, Rick Merrill, Lynn Carnes Pitts, and Lee Mulligan. CMLC volunteers performed a number of essential duties imperative to CMLC including trail building and maintenance, conservation easement monitoring, invasive species removal, stream and habitat restoration, events capacity, office mailings, and, photography.

Altogether in 2013, volunteers donated nearly 5500 hours of time to CMLC—the most ever given to the land trust in a single year. Volunteers made it possible for CMLC to record its most successful year of land protection in its 20 year history—conserving more than 4,000 acres of land at 21 locations across western NC.For more information or to become involved with CMLC volunteer opportunities, visit carolinamountain.org/volunteer.

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.

Top photo: Back L to R - Jim Neal, Bill Imhof, John Humphrey, Fred Weed, Amos Dawson, Front L to R - David Humphrey, Mark Tooley, Bob Lindsay, Mark Robson and Diana Richards

Bottom photo:L to R - Rick Merrill, Chuck McGrady, Lee Mulligan, Bob Wald, Jim Neal and John Humphrey


Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy (CMLC) announced Sandy and Missy Schenck, of Cedar Mountain, as winners of the organization’s prestigious 2014 Lela McBride Award. The award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to land conservation and stewardship in the region.

The Schencks founded Green River Preserve (GRP), a non-competitive co-ed summer camp for the “bright, curious, and creative” that focuses on connecting children and nature, in the Green River Valley in 1987. For more than a quarter century, GRP’s camp programming has nurtured young people by fostering skills like perseverance, curiosity, communication, optimism, and creativity, striving to establish the next generation of conservationists and environmental stewards.

Because of the Schencks’ deep conservation ethic and their belief that learning is enhanced by the natural world, they partnered with CMLC in 2006 to enter 2,600 acres of their Green River Preserve into a permanent conservation easement. The protected tract represents the land trust’s largest easement, making up nearly 10% of all CMLC’s protected land.

The conservation easement prevents future development to ensure the preservation of the land’s natural heritage. Such protection extends wildlife corridors, preserves cherished mountain scenery and habitat for rare species, and safeguards water quality—including the headwaters of the Green River itself. The easement also created a protected buffer bordering DuPont State Recreational Forest, forming a contiguous area of more than 13,000 acres of conserved natural lands.

The Schencks’ contributions to conservation have also extended beyond the natural treasures of GRP. Sandy formerly served on the board of trustees of the Conservation Trust for North Carolina, including as its president in 2001, as well as Friends of DuPont Forest. The Schencks have served multiple other boards and committees involving environmental education and conservation, past and present.

After witnessing summer after summer the invigorating effects of the outdoors on young people at GRP, as well as the importance of passed-down stories that define a sense of place, community, and relationship to the land, the Schencks formed Muddy Sneakers: a non-profit that would work to merge active outdoor experiential learning with traditional studies in public schools in western North Carolina.

Today, Muddy Sneakers has grown to serve fifth-grade students in 18 schools across four WNC counties with the mission to awaken in children a deeply felt connection with the natural word, one that inspires curiosity, stimulates learning, and brings new life to classroom performance.

The award was given out at CMLC’s Annual Meeting at Camp Tekoa in Hendersonville on Sunday, April 6. Bestowed annually, the Schencks represent the 20threcipient of the Lela McBride Award. Former winners include Rep. Chuck McGrady, Congressman Charles Taylor, and NC Commissioner of Agriculture Steve Troxler.

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 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 23,000 acres of natural lands in our mountains. Entering their 20thanniversary year, the land trust protected a record 4,000 acres at 21 locations across the region in 2013. For more information, visit www.carolinamountain.org.

 


Date of this Event: Sun, 04/06/2014 - 2:00pm

 

This is a free event. Attendance is open to the public.

Join CMLC on Sunday, April 6th at 2:00 - 4:30pm our Annual Meeting, an event to honor our dedicated volunteers and announce the recipient of the prestigious 2014 Lela McBride Award. The event will also feature special guest speaker Dr. Michael Follo, who will present the engaging talk "The Geology of CMLC Lands in Western North Carolina." Following the event, join CMLC staff and AmeriCorps members for an optional half-mile guided nature hike on scenic Camp Tekoa trails.

For directions to Camp Tekoa, click here.

Special Presentation: 

“The Geology of CMLC Lands in Western North Carolina”

Dr. Michael Follo taught geology for 25 years after earning his doctorate in geology from Harvard University. He now serves as the Director of Education at the North Carolina Outward Bound School and as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of Education at UNC-Chapel Hill. He leads Outward Bound wilderness courses for K-12 teachers from public and private schools, and mentors those teachers as they work to translate their Outward Bound experience back to a traditional classroom setting. 

Click here to RSVP online.

For more information, contact CMLC Volunteer Program Associate, Kristen Todd, at volunteer@carolinamountain.org


Date of this Event: Fri, 04/04/2014 - 4:47pm

Join Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy (CMLC) on Saturday, April 26, for a guided hike through the scenic Johnson Branch conservation easement in Transylvania County. This hike has been one of CMLC's most popular hikes from previous years, featuring a picturesque 68-acre property conserved by the Jones family through CMLC in 2009. Hikers will enjoy a moderate hike that includes several waterfalls, beautiful rich cove forest, a plethora of spring wildflowers, and a scenic view high above the French Broad River valley.

The hike will be led by the landowners David and Betty Jones who will tour hikers on their protected property as well as share stories of the land and the close connection that they share with it. This property is not otherwise open to the public for hiking.

Total cumulative hiking distance is 3.3 miles. This hike is rated as moderate in difficulty, featuring a total elevation gain of 815 feet. The hike will begin at 10:00am. Please allow extra time before and afterwards for travel. This hike is a CMLC-members-only hike.

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.

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 25 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 Matt Kirk at matt@carolinamountain.org. Please allow one full business day for a response to Hike Sign-Ups and hike inquiries.

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.


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