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Date of this Event: Sat, 09/19/2015 - 3:30pm

CMLC’s 15th Annual

Saturday September 19th, 2015 @ 3:30-7:30pm

Grand Highlands at Bearwallow Mountain Lodge

Raffle Ticket and Conservation Celebration Deadlines:  Our deadline for raffle ticket purchases online and Conservation Celebration reservations online is 11:00pm on Tuesday, September 15th.  We can accept telephone purchases through 3:00pm on Friday September 18th for both raffle tickets and reservations. Contact us at 828-697-5777.

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Event Features:

Live and silent auctions: 

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2015 CMLC Trip Raffle Drawing - Enter to win a trip of your choice! $100 per ticket; only 150 will be sold. 

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Music by Warren Wilson Old Time Band

Food by The Corner Kitchen of Asheville

Guided pre-celebration hike around Grand Highlands

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: Sat, 07/11/2015 - 10:00am

Join Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy (CMLC) for a hike on the first phase of the new Little Bearwallow Trail segment, a recently completed section of the Upper Hickory Nut Gorge Trail loop on Saturday, July 11th, 2015.

Participants will hike on a new trail built by CMLC with the help of the North Carolina Youth Conservation Corps (NCYCC) in Upper Hickory Nut Gorge near Chimney Rock State Park. The trail connects the public trailhead at US Highway 74A in Gerton to Little Bearwallow Falls, a cascade that plunges over a 100-foot cliff.

Phase 1 of the Little Bearwallow Trail climbs one mile from the floor of the Upper Gorge to the waterfall. Work on phase 2 is underway to extend the Little Bearwallow Trail to Wildcat Rock, a scenic rock outcropping that offers dramatic views of the southern Appalachians, and ultimately to the ridgeline of Little Bearwallow and Bearwallow Mountains.

NCYCC young adults worked to help introduce hikers to stunning natural features, rich biodiversity, and cultural history of the landscape around the trail. Phase 1 of the Little Bearwallow Trail opened August 27th, 2014.

In addition to conserving natural heritage in the Hickory Nut Gorge, CMLC, Conservation Trust for North Carolina (CTNC), and partners are working to facilitate public access for outdoor recreation via the creation of a new hiking trail network. The Upper Hickory Nut Gorge Trail will one day extend 15 miles, circumnavigating the ridges of the Gorge to connect public and private protected lands including Florence Nature Preserve, Bearwallow Mountain, Wildcat Rock, Blue Ridge Pastures, & Hickory Nut Gap.

Hike distance is 2.2 miles roundtrip and is rated as strenuous with 650 feet of elevation gain

Participants are required to be in reasonable physical condition and capable of completing a three 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 20 hikers and is a MEMBERS-ONLY hike.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.


The Choice is Yours!

Buy a Raffle Ticket, Win a Once-in-a-LifetimeTrip, and Support CMLC!

Raffle tickets are $100 each, and only 150 will be sold.  Drawing will be held September 19, 2015 at CMLC' 15th Annual Conservation Celebration.  You need not be present to win.

Choose from one of the following options:

 

1) A 5 day/4 night stay at Belle Mont Farm on St. Kitts Island, West Indies for 2. Enjoy an ocean view guesthouse with an infinity edge private plunge pool, cathedral ceilings, farm-style antiques, and numerous other special amenities located within a community known for its passion for sustainable living and culture.  Belle Mont Farm combines the best of a boutique luxury resort with the organic elements you would expect from a “green hotel”.  Savor the bountiful natural surroundings, the best of farm-to-table-dining, the transformative mystique of the ocean, and the magical enticement of local artists who foster the exchange of ideas through film, music, painting, and poetry.  With a diverse collection of wines from famous estates, and fresh produce gathered daily from their 400-acre organic farm, you are treated to the very finest of culinary delights. You can choose from three different dining options, including alfresco dining under the brightest canopy of stars. Activities include swimming, hiking, beach walking, rainforest adventures, golf, visiting with local artists, shopping, and restorative spa services. Also included: round trip airport transfers, all meals and adult beverages.

One of Tamsin’s fellow travel professionals visited Belle Mont Farm recently and her experience there was wonderful.  She wrote, “Although I love the places that I visit, I rarely come back with an immediate longing to return, but this trip really left a longing to go back…soon!  It was Belle Mont Farm and the people that work there, the whole idea of a “sustainable” organic farm nestled in a lush rainforest surrounded by luxurious accommodations that was so appealing…It has magnificent views of the ocean and the beautiful land. Because of its high position on the mountainside, the Caribbean breezes are magnificent…Lastly, the food was amazing! The culinary experience is like no other, absolutely incredible.”

 

2) A 4 day/3 night stay at Triple Creek Ranch for 2.   Relax and recharge at this all-inclusive luxury ranch resort near Missoula, Montana, located in the high country of the Montana Rockies.  Triple Creek Ranch has won numerous awards including Travel & Leisure’s Readers’ Choice Award for #1 Hotel in the World in 2014 and Conde Nast’s Readers’ Choice Award for Excellence in 2015.  This unforgettable retreat merges unmatched natural beauty with plush comfort and exceptional service.  From the beautiful main lodge and the world-class restaurant and wine cellar, to the deluxe private guest cabins, hot tubs and fireplaces, Triple Creek Ranch provides an experience you will never forget.  Activities include horseback riding, fly fishing, tennis, swimming, hiking, nature safari, and much more.  You can arrange for an extended stay through Tamsin Allpress at Tamsin & Cooke, subject to availability.

 

3) Customize the trip of your choice with travel expert Tamsin Allpress of Tamsin & Cooke, LLC. Last year’s trip raffle winner decided to use the raffle prize to fulfill a lifelong dream to take his family to Scotland.  He told Tamsin that without this prize, he may never have been able to do it.  “I can’t tell you how grateful we are for all your help and how excited we are about making the trip.” The raffle prize is a $3,000 credit toward the trip of your choice.  Please see terms and conditions below.

 

 

Purchase online (below) or by calling 828-697-5777. 

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After clicking above, select "Attend an Event" to purchase Trip Raffle Tickets

Drawing will be held at CMLC's Conservation Celebration. You need not be present to win.


Terms and conditions for the Raffle:  The winner must travel within applicable dates for the prize location within a year of the drawing, but if the winner cannot go within that period of time, the package may be given away at the winner’s discretion. Black-out dates and holiday restrictions may apply.  Reselling the winning trip is not permitted.  The winner will receive a credit of $3,000 to be used with Tamsin & Cooke, LLC for a single trip.  There is no cash value to the prize, whether in part or whole value.  Some additional costs could apply and will be the responsibility of the winner.  The winner may add to the package and customize the trip in any way.  Fine amenities and preferences will be coordinated only through Tamsin Allpress at Tamsin & Cooke, LLC.  The package does not include travel insurance, and neither CMLC nor Tamsin & Cooke, LLC will be held responsible for any personal damages, claims, thefts, injuries, trip disruptions or disappointments.  We encourage the winner to purchase travel insurance independently. By purchasing a raffle ticket, I hereby acknowledge that I have read the foregoing and confirm my intent to participate in CMLC’s Trip Raffle.  I hereby waive andrelease CMLC, its employees, agents and directors, and Tamsin & Cooke, LLC from any and all claims for damages, liabilities, and losses which accrue to me as a result of my participation.


AmeriCorps Project Conserve seeks dedicated individuals to fill 32 full-time positions serving conservation needs of western North Carolina. The program places service members with one of 17 host organizations working to protect the unique natural resources of the southern Blue Ridge Mountains. Each member will serve 1700 hours during an 11 month term, from September 2015 through July 2016. Activities include volunteer engagement, conservation education, creation/improvement of public trails, lands and rivers, disaster services and capacity building.

Application Deadline has been extended to June 19, 2015.

We are also pleased to announce that we have one NEW position with Organic Growers School. Please go to americorpsprojectconserve.org for more information and to apply. Contact Amy Stout with any questions at 828-697-5777 or projectconserve@carolinamountain.org

AmeriCorps Project Conserve is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  Reasonable accommodations will be provided to individuals with known physical / mental disabilities.


Date of this Event: Sat, 06/13/2015 - 10:00am

Join Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy (CMLC) on Saturday, June 13th, for a guided hike through the private trail system of the Connestee Falls community in Transylvania County. This hike features seven major waterfalls, including Connestee Falls, Silver Slip Falls, Upper-, Middle-, Lower-Batson Creek Falls, and more. 

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 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 FormHike meeting locations, times, and additional details will be sent through email the week of the hike. 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

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.

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: Fri, 06/12/2015 - 7:00pm

CMLC is partnering with the Center for Cultural Preservation and David Weintraub for our June Speaker Series! 

Call of the Ancient Mariner, a new film by Hendersonville filmmaker David Weintraub, will hold its Hendersonville premiere at the Unitarian Fellowship in Hendersonville on Friday, June 12th.  The documentary wowed Charleston audiences last month when it played to packed houses and won Best of the Festival at the Charleston Film Festival. 

Mariner tells the story of man’s love affair with sea turtles that goes back since the dawn of time.  The film was shot throughout the Southeastern US and all of the original music was created by local WNC musicians.  In addition to offering audiences a chance to see a film that Charleston Film Festival director Paul Brown called “compelling” and “truly resonating with the audience,” the June 12th showing will be followed by a discussion with the filmmaker, Land Protection Director Tom Fanslow from Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy, and representatives from MountainTrue.  The film will be followed by a DVD Release Party in Fellowship Hall featuring musicians Carol Duermit and Michele Skeele as well as refreshments.  DVDs and T-shirts will be available for sale following the screening.

The Hendersonville debut will be held at the Unitarian Fellowship at 409 E Patterson St off of Kanuga Avenue at 7:00 pm on Friday, June 12th.

To order your tickets today, visit the Center for Cultural Preservation's Screening Page and choose June 12th or call the Center at (828) 692-8062.  Call of the Ancient Mariner is a production of the Hendersonville-based Center for Cultural Preservation and is co-sponsored by the NC Arboretum, WNC Nature Center, SC Aquarium and Turtle Hospital. Georgia Sea Turtle Center, MountainTrue, Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy, and the Loggerhead Marinelife Center.


Date of this Event: Sat, 06/06/2015 - 9:00am

Help CMLC by shopping at Hendersonville's Mast General Store (527 N. Main St.) and eating at The Green Room (536 N. Main St.) on Land Trust Day: Saturday, June 6th, 2015.

In support of land conservation in western NC, Mast General Store will donate 20% of all sales on Land Trust Day to CMLC (Hendersonville location only) and The Green Room in Hendersonville will donate 10% of all breakfast and lunch sales (8:30 to 3:00 pm) to CMLC. 

Browse Mast General Store online now and make your list to purchase in the store on June 6th. Be sure to also bring your appetite and enjoy a delicious breakfast or lunch at The Green Room across the street, all in support of land conservation and CMLC! 

For more information, please contact CMLC Donor Relations Manager Laura Pocock at laura@carolinamountain.org or 828-697-5777 ext 203.


Date of this Event: Sat, 06/06/2015 - 9:00am
Get your hands dirty with CMLC, Carolina Mountain Club, and REI Asheville on National Trails Day, Saturday June 6th. Help build the new extension of the Little Bearwallow trail in the Upper Hickory Nut Gorge.
 
Spend a fun day in the woods while being part of constructing one of the region's newest and most exciting hiking trail systems. The new trail is a segment of the developing 15-mile Upper Hickory Nut Gorge Trail that will connect the grassy bald of Bearwallow Mountain to other conserved lands in the Gorge, including the scenic summit of Blue Ridge Pastures as well as CMLC's 600-acre Florence Nature Preserve.
 
No experience is necessary, but adequate physical fitness (for working in rugged terrain while using heavy tools) is required. Participants will receive a special edition REI volunteer T-shirt. Space is limited to 20 volunteers. Ages 12 and up are welcome. Workday will last from 9:00AM - 2:30PM. Wear long pants, long sleeves and closed-toe hiking shoes or boots, dress for poison ivy, bring work gloves, sun protection, water and snacks/lunch.
 
Registration via REI Asheville is required. Meeting information/directions can be found through the link below.
 
For questions, contact CMLC Trails and Outreach Coordinator Peter Barr at peter@carolinamountain.org or 828-697-5777 ext. 215.

Date of this Event: Sun, 05/31/2015 - 2:00pm

The Mills River Partnership (MRP) is pleased to sponsor the second annual “Mills River Day” on Sunday, May 31st from 2-5 p.m., hosted by local farm, North River Farms (3333 North Mills River Road). Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy, Weed Action Coalition of the Hickory Nut Gorge (WAC-HNG), and many other groups will be in attendance.

Join MRP in celebrating the theme “The River Connects Us” to learn the many aspects that join the Mills River community and watershed to the greater Hendersonville/Asheville area through the use of the river’s resources.  This event aims to educate participants about the river and water quality issues, help build stronger sense of community, and raise awareness of local agriculture.

This fun and educational community event for kids of all ages will have a bounce house, farm animals, wagon rides, farm equipment demonstrations and displays, fire safety house and fire truck demonstration, ice cream and BBQ. Live music by the Lonesome Road Band. 

It will also feature fun-filled water quality activities including fly-fishing and kicknet demonstrations for river “bugs” and water improvement projects near the river, as well as agricultural activities including the Farm Simulator and a no-till demonstration.

Also, meet local author Marci Spencer available to sign her newest book Pisgah National Forest: a History

The event is free and open to the public and will be held rain or shine. The first 100 visitors will receive a flowering hanging basket. 

For more information or media inquiries, please contact MRP at 708-7388 or visit www.millsriverwater.org.

Through Mills River Day, the Mills River Partnership hopes to foster connections between the Mills River, the people who use its water resources, and the people who live within its watershed. The Mills River Partnership is a not-for-profit organization that addresses water quality in the Mills River watershed. MRP has a diverse board of directors, with members from the agricultural community, local governments, and conservation organizations. MRPs work focuses on educating the local community about water quality issues and helping farmers and other landowners implement best management practices to control sediment pollution.


Date of this Event: Fri, 05/29/2015 - 12:30pm

CMLC needs your help cleaning up trash on the top of Bearwallow Mountain, home of one of our most well-known and stunningly-beautiful conservation easements. This beautiful vista is littered with remains of illegal trash disposal and vandalism around the firetower. Join us in removing the trash, to help protect the fragile ecosystems nearby and make it a more beautiful place for everyone to enjoy.

The clean up event will be Friday, May 29th from 12:30 to 4:00pm.

Supplies:

Trash bags will be provided. Gloves will be available, but bring your own if you like.

Other things to bring:

Water, lunch, snacks, sunglasses/hat, sturdy shoes, dress for the weather!

Meeting locations:

1. CMLC office at 12:00pm in Hendersonville to carpool. Click here for Google Maps.

2. Bearwallow trailhead at 12:30pm. Limited parking. Please pay attention to "No Parking" signs! Click here for Google Maps.

Please contact Jenn Tutor to RSVP and for more info at jenn@carolinamountain.org.


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