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Date of this Event: Wed, 03/16/2016 - 6:00pm

Join CMLC for our March Speaker Series presentation--Climate Change and Conservation--featuring Dr. Sam Pearsall, Climate Change Specialist. The event will be held from 6-7:30 pm at the Transylvania County Library in Brevard on Wednesday, March 16th.

The presentation, Climate Change and Conservation, will cover everything from the basic science of climate change to future scenarios and what effects we will see in the natural and human systems on the planet. Dr. Pearsall will speak about what we as conservationiss can expect from climate change as well as address what we may be able to do about climate change. 

Dr. Sam Pearsall retired to the Raleigh area in 2013 following four years as a senior scientist at the Environmental Defense Fund and 30 years with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and Natural Hertiage Programs in North Carolina, Tennessee, Hawai'i, Western Samoa, and other regions in the South Pacific. During his time at The Nature Conservancy, Dr. Pearsall established TNC's first climate change adaptation program at Alligator River Refuge in eastern NC. In his retirement, Dr. Pearsall is focusing on maintenance of ecological flows in rivers and streams and meeting the challenges of climate change.

We are very excited to be hosting Dr. Pearsall and hope you will come out to join us for what is sure to be an engaging and informative presentation!


Date of this Event: Wed, 02/24/2016 - 10:00am

Come join the CMLC Trails Crew in a workday supporting the trails at Holmes Educational State Forest!

On Wednesday, February 24th from 10AM-3PM, the CMLC Trails Crew, CMLC staff, volunteers, and AmeriCorps members will be assisting Ranger Amy Kinsella with trail maintanence activities on the trails network at Holmes Educational State Forest

We will be working on improving the trail systems at Holmes, including but not limited to, removing rebar from the trails, placing and repairing trail signage, replacing and improving the wooden steps on the trails, and performing some light trail maintenance. 

Holmes is a 235 acre state forest in Henderson County--located close to DuPont State Recreational Forest. It is a a small forest whose primary purpose is education and promotion of forest resources and sustainable forestry practices. It was opened in 1977 and named for Dr. John S. Holmes, North Carolina's first state forester. 

The forest rangers regularly hold outdoor classes for schools, other groups, and open educational activities for children and families from Spring to Fall. Included in the trail system is a self-guided interpretive system that teaches visitors about forestry through trail-side exhibits, displays, and small audio boxes.

Please be sure to wear long sleeves, pants, suitable work shoes, and to dress for the weather! Also prepare for the day by bringing enough water and a picnic lunch for a group lunch at the covered picnic shelter at Holmes. 

For more information on this event or to sign-up to volunteer with us, please contact Ericka Berg, the Volunteer and Community Engagement Associate at or by phone at 828-697-5777 ext. 211.


Date of this Event: Fri, 02/19/2016 - 10:00am

Get outdoors with CMLC on Friday, February 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 a little bit of trail maintenance, stream monitoring, or weed-whacking of the meadow area.

This preserve has public access trails and provides a great opportunity for people to get out into nature and hike the trails!

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

Date of this Event: Fri, 02/12/2016 - 10:00am

Go outside with CMLC on Friday, February 12th from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm!

The primary purpose of the Lewis Creek workdays is to remove non-native invasive plants from CMLC's Lewis Creek Nature Preserve near Edneyville, NC.

Lewis Creek is owned and monitored by CMLC, and it is maintained by CMLC staff, AmeriCorps members, and a group of volunteers who have adopted this preserve. 

For this workday, we will be finishing up some weedwhacking of the meadow area, removing the last remaining thickets of blackberry and clearing around the small saplings with loppers and hand trimmers. We will also be doing light trail maintenance. Other projects include removing non-native invasive plants by cutting with hand pruners and then applying an aquatic safe herbicide. There may also be hand-pulling of smaller non-native invasive plants. Additional projects may be taking place depending on the needs of the nature preserve, such as bog bridge repair, light trail mainenance, and other related preserve management tasks.

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, like the Adopt-a-Preserve Volunteer Corps, a group of volunteers who maintain the Lewis Creek Nature Preserve.

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!

Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy is seeking applications for the full-time position of Conservation Easement Manager. Find the full job description and application instructions linked here:

Conservation Easement Manager

The Conservation Easement Manager is responsible for stewarding CMLC's conservation easements, including annual monitoring and legal defense of CMLC's conservation easements, and for supporting the completion of new conservation projects. 

CMLC is a local non-profit working to create and actively care for a regional network of permanently protected farm, forest, parks, natural lands, and water resources in Henderson, Transylvania and parts of neighboring counties. Since 1994, the organization has permanently protected more than 30,000 acres among the Blue Ridge Mountains, French Broad River watershed, and Hickory Nut Gorge including more than 6,000 acres in conservation easement. 


Date of this Event: Tue, 01/26/2016 - 6:00pm

Join CMLC for our January Speaker Series presentation—Protecting Sustainability in a Changing World: Threats to Ecosystem Services in Appalachia—featuring Lars Pomara, USFS Research Ecologist. The event will be held from 6 to 7:30 pm at the Transylvania County Library in Brevard on Tuesday, January 26th.

The Appalachian region encompasses a rich diversity of forests, streams, and other natural resources that provide important benefits to millions of people. Clean water, outdoor recreation and tourism, fish and wildlife conservation, forest products, and climate change mitigation are just a few of these ecosystem services. Our region is also the scene of rapid environmental change driven by urbanization, energy resource development, climate change, as well as a growing population. These drivers of change can compromise the sustainability of ecosystem services over the long term.


Scientists at the US Forest Service’s Eastern Forest Environmental Threat Assessment Center are collaborating with the Appalachian Landscape Conservation Cooperative to assess the sustainability of the region’s highly valued ecosystem services and their vulnerability to the rapid environmental changes the region is undergoing. Lars Pomara, a leader of the research team, will discuss the goals of this work and its relevance to conservation and natural resource management across the Appalachian region. This event is FREE and open to the public.


Date of this Event: Tue, 01/19/2016 - 5:30pm

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

Join CMLC's Volunteer and Community Engagement Associate (VCEA) on Tuesday, January 19th 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 can count as a volunteer orientation for new volunteers, so you'll be ready to get started!

Contact Ericka, the VCEA at or sign up online here if you'd like to attend this or another information session!



Learn about Hemlock Restoration and CMLC! We now have a page dedicated to hemlock restoration and the biological control of the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid. Read about what hemlock restoration entails and how CMLC is involved in this important effort. You can find the page here or by clicking the "Hemlock Restoration" page listed under the "Landowner Resources" button within the navigation bar at the top of this page. 

Date of this Event: Wed, 01/06/2016 - 11:19am

Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy and Mills River Partnership have been chosen as non-profit partners with Sierra Nevada for the USA Cycling National Cyclo-Cross Championship coming to the Antler Hill Village on the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina in January.

As a partner, CMLC and MRP are responsible for volunteer recruitment at this event from Wednesday, January 6th to Sunday, January 10th, and we need your help to fill these positions! Volunteer shifts will be four hours long from 10am-2pm and 2pm-6pm Wednesday through Sunday. Right now, the only day that is full is Friday, January 8th. These volunteer positions will include beer pouring, ID checking, and money taking--specific tasks will be assigned the day of. Volunteers must be over 21 years of age.  

This is an amazing opportunity for CMLC and MRP and we hope you will come out and have some fun! As a non-profit partner, CMLC and MRP are receiving a portion of the beer sale proceeds, and we will also be able to have an informational booth at the event. This will not only act as a great fundraiser for us, it will be a chance to improve our outreach into the community.

Volunteers need not be CMLC members, and please feel free to bring your friends and family members to volunteer with you for this event! It will be a great time filled with a lot of action.

Contact for more details or to volunteer at this event. Please include the desired shift date and time, your name, email, and a phone number you can be reached at during the event for all potential volunteers. 

For general information on Cyclo-Cross as a sport, please see USA Cycling's website at





Date of this Event: Tue, 12/15/2015 - 4:30pm

Join CMLC for the Holidays!

Volunteer for the Holiday Drop-In

CMLC is hosting its annual Holiday Drop-In for supporters, members, and volunteers on Tuesday, December 15th and we need volunteers to make the event a success! The Drop-In will be held at the Silver Fox Gallery in downtown Hendersonville from 4:30-6:30PM. 

Every year, the Drop-In just gets better and better, and we hope that this year is no different! To ensure the event goes off without a hitch, we are seeking anywhere between 12-20 volunteers to hold 1.5 hour shifts (or longer, if you'd like!). 

Volunteers are needed to help set-up and monitor the food bar during the event, to pour beer and wine, to greet guests as they arrive, and to help with clean-up immediately following the event. Please consider volunteering with us for this Drop-In--it'll be a lot of fun!

Additionally, if you're not able to help during the event, you can take part in Cooking for Conservation. CMLC is asking for volunteers to join in the holiday festivities by preparing an appetizer, finger food, or dessert or by bringing their favorite bottle of wine to share! RSVP to bring something by Tuesday, December 1st so we can ensure we have enough food for the event. Staff and AmeriCorps members will also be participating, and we are excited to share our holiday traditions with you!

For more details about the Holiday Drop-In volunteer opportunities or to RSVP to help, please contact Ericka Berg, the Volunteer and Community Engagement Associate at or by phone at 697-5777 ext. 211, or if you're in the CMLC office, just give her a holler!

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