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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.

 


Date of this Event: Tue, 11/11/2014 - 9:30am

Join Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy for a weekday hike up CMLC-conserved Bearwallow Mountain on Tuesday, November 11th. We'll hike to the summit, rest for a snack and picture taking, then head back down the mountain.

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 9:30 am.

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 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: Thu, 10/23/2014 - 6:00pm

Join Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy on Thursday, October 23, to hear a presentation from Jeremy B. Jones, local author of the renowned book, Bearwallow: A Personal History of a Mountain Homeland. Jeremy will read passages from the book and tell about his inspiration and life here in WNC and the Blue Ridge Mountains. He will also play his banjo, hold a Q&A session, and have a book-signing after the presentation.

With CMLC, a non-profit land conservancy, and Jeremy B. Jones, an avid supporter of conserving important and beautiful natural lands, this Speaker Series event centered around Bearwallow is sure to be inspirational and entertaining for everyone.

When and Where?

The CMLC Speaker Series featuring Jeremy B. Jones will be from 6:00pm to 7:30pm at the Henderson County Main Branch Library in the Kaplan Auditorium and is open and free to the public.

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.

 


Meet new people and connect with the community while increasing CMLC's public visibility when you sign up to volunteer with our new Outreach Corps! We are seeking enthusiastic volunteers to represent CMLC at tabling events, fairs, and other happenings in the community. Volunteers will transport and set up posters and other materials, and will introduce people to CMLC's mission and work. This exciting new opportunity can accomodate a variety of schedules.

If you're passionate about the work we do and enjoy sharing your passion with others, consider joining our Outreach Corps! Contact our Volunteer Program Associate, Caroline Ketcham, for more information and to sign up.


In this issue:

  • CMLC Hiking Challenge 3 is Here;

  • Join CMLC in Celebrating Our 20th Anniversary;
  • Attend the 14th Annual Conservation Celebration at CMLC-protected The Cabin Ridge;
  • Welcome New CMLC Staff and Board of Trustees.

Date of this Event: Mon, 10/20/2014 - 12:26pm

Help CMLC and the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps build a new section of trail at Little Bearwallow Mountain in the Hickory Nut Gorge. This trail will become part of a network connecting sections of the Gorge. This is a great opportunity to get involved with this trail, learn more about trail building, and see some incredible views! Best of all, no prior training is required.

Work will include cutting new trail, lopping excess tree branches along the trail, creating rock steps, and other trail tasks. Volunteers should plan on wearing long sleeves and long pants, and bringing plenty of water.

Volunteers can join the trail building fun on the following days:

  • October 20-24
  • October 27-30
  • November 3-6
  • November 10-13

Please contact Angie Lee (angie@carolinamountain.org) to sign up. We hope to see you out on the trail!


Date of this Event: Sat, 10/11/2014 - 9:30am

On Saturday, October 11th, 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 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.


Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy is Proud to Announce the Launch of their Speaker Series!

Starting this October, CMLC will host a monthly Speaker Series featuring various authors, speakers, presenters, and influential members of our WNC communities. The location of the events will often move from county to county in order to be more accessible to the people of WNC. Also, almost every event will be free and open to the public!

To learn more about the Speaker Series and to stay updated on CMLC, sign-up to receive our bi-monthly e-newsletter, The Holler

 

The first Speaker Series event will be Thursday, October 23, at the Henderson County Main Branch Library from 6:00pm to 7:30pm and will feature Jeremy B. Jones, author of Bearwallow: A Personal History of a Mountain Homeland.

Jeremy will read passages from his book and tell about his inspiration and his life here in Western North Carolina and the Blue Ridge Mountains. He will also play his banjo, hold a Q&A session, and have a book-signing after the presentation.

For questions, contact CMLC Outreach Associate Sarah Harden at sarahh@carolinamountain.org or 828-697-5777 ext 211.


Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy - Fletcher Park Greenway

Watch how the Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy's ongoing efforts expand greenways in Western North Carolina. As a nonprofit organization, CMLC is "actively working to promote the importance of greenways, both from a pragmatic standpoint, as well as highlighting the recreational opportunities they can create."

Video from Vimeo.com: Land of Sky Media - Eric Crews


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