News & Events: Upcoming Events

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: 

Click here to view the auction items.

2015 CMLC 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 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: Tue, 07/28/2015 - 10:00am

Join CMLC and the Children and Family Resource Center for Butterfly Bash in the Ironwood Arboretum behind CMLC on Tuesday, July 28th from 10 to 11:30am. This event is organized and planned by Megan Edwards, CMLC's Youth Leadership Intern for her end-of-term project. Thanks, Megan! 


The themed event will be for elementary-age children or younger and their parents, but of course, everyone is welcome! Activities during the event will include crafts, games, and lots of hands-on learning. For the grand finale, CMLC will release 2 Monarch Butterflies that have been raised in the office from eggs! 


For questions, email Megan Edwards or call the office at 828-697-5777 ext. 212.


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 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 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

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.


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

Date of this Event: Sun, 05/03/2015 - 2:00pm

The Southeast's Fiercest 5K.

A Mountaintop Finish Line with:

Beer. Bluegrass. 360° View.


Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy presents the 4th annual Bearwallow Beast 5K Trail Run & Festival, featuring more than 1,400 feet of elevation gain over its 3.1 miles. Local beer, live bluegrass music, and a breathtaking 360° view atop CMLC-conserved Bearwallow Mountain await at the mountaintop festival at the finish line (runners age 21+ get one free beer). Also featuring the Kids' Firetower Fun Run and on-site food vendors.

When: Sunday, May 3rd; 2:00pm
Where: Gerton, NC
Cost: Race = $35 registration; Festival = FREE

Not a runner but don't want to miss one of the most unique parties of the year while also supporting CMLC's land conservation efforts? Cheer the runners on while enjoying the FREE mountaintop festival beginning at 1:30pm. Festival-goers can arrive early and park at Grand Highlands (10 Autumn Sky Drive Hendersonville, NC 28792) and catch a shuttle to the top of Bearwallow Mountain.

Join the race to save our mountains!

Registration for the Bearwallow Beast 5k is open now at

Volunteer at the Bearwallow Beast:

Volunteers are needed for everything from parking to beer pouring. Volunteer shifts are available throughout the day.

Note: VolunteerSpot will ask you to enter your email address before signing up. You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot and VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you would prefer not to use VolunteerSpot, please email to sign up!


Date of this Event: Tue, 04/28/2015 - 7:00pm

Join Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy (CMLC) Tuesday, April 28th from 7:00PM to 8:00PM at REI Asheville to learn about the new CMLC White Squirrel Hiking Challenge, Version 3. CMLC is challenging outdoor enthusiasts of all experience levels to get outside and explore the most beautiful locales among their 28,000 protected acres. Hike on your own schedule to 8 CMLC-conserved lands to earn the famous white squirrel patch. Come learn all about how to take the challenge, the amazing trails and destinations to hike, and how your efforts will help save more land and earn you free hiking gear.

Registration is Required. You can register here.

Contact Sarah Harden, CMLC Outreach Associate, for more details:; 828-697-5777.

Date of this Event: Wed, 04/22/2015 - 6:00pm

Please join CMLC and Patrick Horan for the late April Speaker Series on Wednesday, April 22nd to learn about current hemlock restoration projects. 


Over the last decade, the exotic forest pest, Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA) has ravaged our southern Appalachian forests. Since the “arrival” of HWA in our area, Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy has been working to protect our native Eastern and Carolina hemlocks from this attack. Come and find out how HWA kills hemlocks, how predator beetles can protect these special trees and what CMLC is doing to promote hemlock restoration.


The CMLC Speaker Series featuring CMLC, Patrick Horan, and current hemlock restoration projects will be held from 6:00-7:30pm at the Henderson County Public Library.


The event is free and open to the public.


For more information on the event, visit, or sign up to receive our bi-weekly e-newsletter, The Holler.

For questions, contact CMLC Outreach Associate Sarah Harden at or 828-697-5777.

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 28,000 acres of natural lands in our mountains.


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