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

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; 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 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

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. Hiking time will be approximately five 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. 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 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.

Date of this Event: Sat, 12/13/2014 - 10:00am

Join CMLC Saturday, December 13th for the Buffalo Creek Park Hike, open both to members and non-members.

Located just north of Lake Lure, more than 1,500 acres of Weed Patch Mountain were saved from development when CMLC acquired the tract in 2009.  The town of Lake Lure has since purchased 200 acres for the creation of Buffalo Creek Park and a network of hiking and mountain biking trails.

The new Buffalo Creek Park has just opend the first segment of trails that will challenge your fitness and offer great views and varied terrain. This trail is the first loop at Buffalo Creek Park and provides a strong shot of climbing without harsh technical difficulty. It’s smooth and flowing and popular with hikers and trail runners. 

It will soon be extended by 7-10 miles of trail through rugged back country, ascending another 2,000 feet to reach ridge lines and scenic viewpoints. The trail will connect with Chimney Rock State Park on the north side of Rumbling Bald Mountain, itself a popular destination for climbers and boulders. A bike-accessible cirque of the entire northern valley is planned, along with an extended through-hiking experience that circumnavigates Lake Lure in a 30-40 mile trail that summits several surrounding peaks.

Hiking Distance: 4.0 miles round-trip
Elevation Gain: 1000 feet
Difficulty: Strenuous

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.

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 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.


Thank you for joining CMLC's Boad of Trustees in celebrating the holidays, CMLC's wonderful 20 years, and the dedicated people who help make this land trust able to save the places you love. Thank you!

Click to view photos from the Holiday Drop-In


Date of this Event: Mon, 11/24/2014 - 6:00pm

Join Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy at their monthly CMLC Speaker Series on Monday, November 24, for a presentation discussing the mystery of crop circles with John Myers, founder and owner of Hickory Nut Forest Eco-Community and Laughing Waters Retreat Center.

For centuries, these formations have been appearing around the world, becoming more intricate and astonishing with each passing year. Encoded with powerful geometry, a universal language, these mysterious numerical patterns spark a higher consciousness in people exposed to them. What is their purpose? What are these brilliant works of art communicating? Join us to learn about the background and history of crop circle phenomena and hear Myers's tales from his personal experiences studying and interpreting them domestically and abroad.

The November CMLC Speaker Series featuring John Myers 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 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 ext 211.

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, 11/15/2014 - 9:45am

Alexanders Ford, a naturally and culturally significant property in Polk County, was forever protected by a CMLC conservation easement in 2011. It was purchased by Polk County and opened to the public as the Bradley Nature Preserve at Alexander's Ford, a park for visitors to enjoy its biological treasures and timeless history. The property hosts almost two miles of the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, the route followed by a Patriot militia during the Revolutionary War en route to the Battle at Kings Mountain. The militia defeated the British a few days after marching through the property and camping on site at the banks of the Green River. Thomas Jefferson later referred to the battle as the "turning point of the American Revolution".

Join CMLC on Saturday, November 15th @ 9:45am for a members only hike through the Bradley Nature Preserve at Alexander's Ford along the original path marched by the Overmountain Men in 1780. During the hike, hear stories and history as we take a leisurely out-and-back hike to the Green River. Total hiking distance is 2.5 miles. Hiking time will be approximately three hours; this does not include travel time to the hike itself. 

This hike is rated EASY to MODERATE as it has a total elevation gain and loss of 200 feet over its distance of 2.5 miles. Participants are required to be in reasonable physical condition and capable of completing a two and a half mile hike over uneven, forested terrain. Children of all ages are welcome on this hike. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate dogs at this time. 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 to eat during the hike. Note that this hike has no restroom facilities.

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 40 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

If you are not a CMLC member, but would still like to hike with us on this hike, we would love to have your membership and support so we can continue to maintain and protect the trails and land you love.

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

 


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