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Date of this Event: Tue, 08/30/2016 - 5:30pm

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

Join CMLC's Volunteer and Community Engagement Associate (VCEA) on Tuesday, August 30th 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 counts 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: Sat, 08/27/2016 - 4:00pm

Saturday, August 27th, 2016 @ 4:00-8:00pm

Grand Highlands at Bearwallow Mountain Lodge

 

To purchase your ticket, call (828) 697-5777 or purchase online:

Click to Buy Conservation Celebration Tickets!

Raffle Ticket and Conservation Celebration Deadlines:  Our deadline for raffle ticket purchases online and Conservation Celebration reservations online is 3:00pm on Wednesday, August 24th.  We can accept telephone purchases through 3:00pm on Thursday, August 25th for both raffle tickets and reservations. Contact us at 828-697-5777.

Event Features:

Live and silent auctions

Click here to view great items auctioned off at the Conservation Celebration.

2016 Trip Raffle Drawing - Enter to win a trip of your choice! $100 per ticket; only 150 will be sold. 

Click here to purchase trip raffle tickets

Music by Grammy-nominated White Water Blue Grass Co.

Food by Chef Michael Catering

Guided pre-celebration hike around Grand Highlands 

(Hike Participants: come early! Arrive by 2:45pm for 3:00pm hike; distance is 2.0 miles, moderate difficulty; wear appropriate hiking footwear)

Click here for driving directions to Grand Highlands at Bearwallow Mountain Lodge


We Need Your Help! Become a Sponsor or Donate an Auction Item for CMLC's Conservation Celebration:

Guardians of the Green Business Membership and Pledge Form

Individual Sponsorship Opportunities & Individual Sponsorship Pledge Form

Auction Donation Form


Date of this Event: Fri, 08/19/2016 - 10:00am

Get outdoors with CMLC on Friday, August 19th 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


Date of this Event: Fri, 08/12/2016 - 10:00am

Go outside with CMLC on Friday, August 12th 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: Thu, 08/11/2016 - 8:00am

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

Join CMLC's Volunteer and Community Engagement Associate (VCEA) on Thursday, August 11th 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: Thu, 07/28/2016 - 10:00am

Support your native pollinators!

On Thursday, July 28th, CMLC staff and AmeriCorps will be joining students from Camplify! to plant milkweed on a CMLC conserved property in Henderson County. 

We will be planting three different kinds of milkweed--common, swamp, and butterfly--at the Hyder Pasture property owned and conserved by CMLC. 

Hyder Pasture is a beautiful now-restored southern Appalachian mountain bog property located in Flat Rock. In 2013, CMLC acquired the deteriorated bog-site and in 2015, the area underwent a complete rehabilitation in partnership with the US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) and NC's Clean Water Management Trust Fund.

At the time of purchase, Hyder Pasture was home to one of the rarest plant species in the nation--the bunched arrowhead. Found only in Henderson and Spartanburg counties at 11 sites in the entire world, the bunched arrowhead was on a great decline in Hyder Pasture. Now, Hyder Pasture and its rare plant are thriving and it is a great time to introduce some native pollinators!

Please join us at this service day to install a pollinator patch on this beautiful conserved property.

Volunteers should wear sturdy shoes, pants, and should be prepared for the weather. Additionally, volunteers should bring plenty of water and a lunch to eat out on the field. CMLC will provide all gloves, tools, and additional water for the service day.

If you are interested in volunteering for this service day or any other or would like more information, please email Ericka Berg, the Volunteer and Community Engagement Associate at volunteer@carolinamountain.org

For more information about Camplify!, please visit their website: http://hcylp.org/

 

 


We are proud to present Jordan Luff with our Yellow Lady Slipper Award in appreciation of his dedicated service and commitment to CMLC.

The desire to make “positive, restorative change in our ecosystems” drives Jordan Luff in everything that he does. Jordan began volunteering for CMLC last year after a stewardship workday with his Haywood Community College natural resources class. For Jordan, this experience was a game changer, because he quickly became one of our most dependable volunteers out in the field.  Every time he “enters the forest with CMLC,” Jordan is “motivated by the difference that is made; the fruit of our efforts is the most rewarding feeling.” In his time with CMLC, Jordan has definitely been a part of some great efforts.

With the guidance of David Lee, Natural Resources Manager, and Jack Henderson, AmeriCorps Stewardship Associate, Jordan was able to take on an independent project—tackling the non-native invasive Reed Canary Grass at Lewis Creek Nature Preserve. To Jordan, non-native invasive species are “one of the most serious ecological issues” in our region and in the world, and he is doing his part to protect and restore our regions’ natural lands, not only at Lewis Creek, but through his regular attendance at other stewardship workdays.

Jordan relocated from Atlanta to western North Carolina with his family in 2002 and has been involved in outdoor and environmental activities ever since. In addition to being an outdoorsman, Jordan is a talented musician whose band just returned from a tour in Europe.  In August, he is leaving WNC to pursue his Bachelors, and later his Masters, in Forestry at NC State. We will miss him and his constant enthusiasm and eagerness, but we wish him the best in his future. Thank you, Jordan!

 


New CMLC Hats, both Baseball Cap and Trucker style, are available upon donation!

Show support for Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy while wearing a really cool new hat! Hats, as well as our Original T-Shirt, Fitted T-Shirt, Bandanas, Stickers/Car Decals, and more are available upon donation HERE. Then, just click on "Visit Our Shop." 

OR!

You can also click on the "Donate/Join CMLC" box at the top of this page and then click "Visit Our Shop."

ABOUT THE HATS

Baseball Caps: Traditional cap style with full-head cloth cover. Patch on front. 100% organic cotton.

Trucker Hats: Front 1/3 of the hat with the CMLC patch is full cloth. Back 2/3 is mesh to allow for air flow and is an off white/light beige color. 70% organic cotton and 30% recycled polyester.

Both styles are Econscious brand and come in either navy blue or light brown. The CMLC patch is the same on both hats and are bright, eye catching, and saturated with CMLC's colors. Both hats are durable with a good feel and are unisex.

Both the Baseball Cap and Trucker Hat are one size fits all and adjustable. 

*Donations for CMLC gear/gifts do not include, or take the place for, a CMLC membership.

Thank you sincerely for all of your support

It is the members, volunteers, and supporters like yourselves that truly help CMLC save the places we all love.


Click here or on the cover above to read the full volume.

In this issue:

  • Letter from the Executive Director
  • Learning from the Land: Sisters, CMLC Protects 410 Acres, Creates Teaching & Research Reserve
  • 16th Annual Conservation Celebration - August 27th
  • CMLC Teams Up with Boys and Girls Clubs
  • Yellow Lady Slipper Volunteer Award: Jordan Luff
  • New French Broad River Access in Horse Shoe
  • ...and More!

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