At their Annual Meeting Sunday, April 6 at Camp Tekoa, Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy (CMLC) honored 17 volunteers for their contributions to the land trust in 2013. For their dedication and service donating at least 70 hours of volunteer service, CMLC recognized John Humphrey, Jim Neal, Genien Carlson, Diana Richards, Arnold “Skip” Sheldon, Amos Dawson, David Humphrey, Bill Imhof, Bob Lindsey, Lewis Blodgett, Fred Weed, Mark Tooley, Mark Robson, John Busse, Ann Hendrickson, and Patrick Horan, and Claire Dillman.
As a tribute to their 20thyear of land conservation, CMLC recognized their 10 volunteer Board Presidents with a perpetual plaque made by local artist, Amy Wald. Past and current Board Presidents include Jack Tate, Rep. Chuck McGrady, John Humphrey, Anne Valentine, Jim Neal, Bob Wald, Rick Merrill, Lynn Carnes Pitts, and Lee Mulligan. CMLC volunteers performed a number of essential duties imperative to CMLC including trail building and maintenance, conservation easement monitoring, invasive species removal, stream and habitat restoration, events capacity, office mailings, and, photography.
Altogether in 2013, volunteers donated nearly 5500 hours of time to CMLC—the most ever given to the land trust in a single year. Volunteers made it possible for CMLC to record its most successful year of land protection in its 20 year history—conserving more than 4,000 acres of land at 21 locations across western NC.For more information or to become involved with CMLC volunteer opportunities, visit carolinamountain.org/volunteer.
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.
Top photo: Back L to R - Jim Neal, Bill Imhof, John Humphrey, Fred Weed, Amos Dawson, Front L to R - David Humphrey, Mark Tooley, Bob Lindsay, Mark Robson and Diana Richards
Bottom photo:L to R - Rick Merrill, Chuck McGrady, Lee Mulligan, Bob Wald, Jim Neal and John Humphrey