News & Events: Upcoming Events

Celebrate a great year of conservation! Join us on Saturday, August 26th from 4-8 p.m. at Taylor Ranch, a privately-owned 500-acre working Quarter Horse and Texas Longhorn Cattle Ranch in Fletcher, NC. Experience scenic mountain views, gently rolling hills, and a tranquil 7-acre lake as you enjoy an evening with friends that share a deep love for our lands and waters. Proceeds conserve the farms, forests, parks, mountains, streams, and scenery that make our region special.

Become an individual sponsor or make your reservation!

Want to win the trip of your dreams? Trip Raffle tickets are just $100 and only 200 will be sold. The winner chooses from a 7 Day/6 Night Stay For Two in Belize, a 6 Day/5 Night Stay For Two at The Manor on Golden Pond, NH, or a custom-designed trip wherever your heart desires. The winner will be announced on August 26th at the Conservation Celebration, but you do NOT need to be present to win.

Get your Trip Raffle ticket!


Letterboxing Workshop

FRIDAY, JULY 28, 6:00 p.m.

Conserving Carolina Hendersonville Office

 

Join AmeriCorps member Adrienne Brown for a Letterboxing Workshop on Friday, July 28 at 6:00 p.m.  At this workshop, you will learn about the basics of Letterboxing and how to carve your own rubber stamps! But what is letterboxing? To explain it simply, it is like Geocaching met stamp collecting and decided to go on a hike. It is a family-friendly outdoor activity that will help you explore the places you love in a whole new way. Letterboxing fosters a deeper connection with nature and satisfies a natural curiosity, all while also engaging your creative flare!

This Workshop is free and open to the public, but space is limited. You will need to bring your own rubber and carving tool if you would like to participate in the stamp carving portion of the Workshop. For more information email adrienne@carolinamountain.org or call the Conserving Carolina Office at (828) 697-5777 (ext. 220). If you would like to RSVP for the workshop please email Adrienne (adrienne@carolinamountain.org). 


WANTED: Strong Legs, Positive Attitudes, Wagging Tails

Interested in hiking with your dog while supporting local nonprofits? Well bring your best human or non-human buddy (better yet, both) with you on Saturday, July 8 @ 11:00 AM, for a charity hike down the Oklawaha Greenway.

Proceeds benefit Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy & Blue Ridge Humane Society. The registration is $25 and includes an event shirt. 

Check-in will begin at 10:30 AM at the Patton Park pavilion next to the basketball courts before the walk. (Be on the lookout for directional signs.) All participants–humans and their furry friends–must check in prior to the start of the walk. The walk will begin at 11 AM through Patton Park, with a pit stop and water break at Martin Luther King Park, and then circle back to Patton Park.

Register by visiting: bit.ly/wagandwalk  or by stopping by the registration table the day of the event.

NOTE: The deadline to register in time to have your t-shirt available by July 8 has passed. You may still register for the hike but you will receive your t-shirt after the event. 

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Lady Slipper Speaker Series at Brevard College

“Why is There Such High Biodiversity in the Southern Appalachians?”

Presented by Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy and Brevard College

Featuring: Dr. Jennifer Frick-Ruppert of Brevard College

Date: Tuesday, April 25      Time: 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Location: Brevard College, Brevard, NC: McLarty-Goodson 125

Did you know that our Southern Appalachians are considered a biodiversity hot-spot?  The Southern Appalachians boast some of the highest biodiversity in the world and are legendary for their magnificent variety of spring wildflowers.

Dr. Jennifer Frick-Ruppert of Brevard College will describe some of the diversity that exists in the region among both plants and animals and will explain which factors contribute to the region’s biodiversity. You'll be glad to learn that all that rain is good for something!

Dr. Frick-Ruppert is the Dalton Professor of Biology and Environmental Science at Brevard College, where she has taught since 1997 and is the current chairperson of the Science and Math division. She earned her Ph.D. in Zoology from Clemson University in 1995. In addition to teaching a full load, she is a well-published author! Her works are known for their quality and lively writing style. In 2010, she published “Mountain Nature: A Seasonal History of the Southern Appalachians”, a finalist for the Phillip Reed Memorial Award for Outstanding Writing about the Southern Environment. She followed that up in 2015 with “Waterways: Sailing the Southeastern Coast”, which tells the story of a sailing expedition she and her husband made from Charleston, SC to Lake Worth, FL and finally to the Bahamas before sailing back to Beaufort, SC!

We are excited to welcome such a well-traveled and locally active writer and professor to our podium! Find out, “Why is There Such High Biodiversity in the Southern Appalachians?” with us on Tuesday, April 25 at 5:30 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 


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Camp Pinnacle has a covered facility and the Land Lovers Picnic will be held rain or shine.


 

Finding your Way:

Directions to the Land Lovers Picnic at Camp Pinnacle in Flat Rock.                                   

Address for GPS devices:  1 Wolfe Lake Dr. Flat Rock NC 28739

From Hendersonville (about 10 minutes):  Turn right onto Kanuga Rd. off of Church St. After about 4 miles turn left onto Little River Rd.  Turn right into Camp Pinnacle’s main entrance after about a half mile. 

From Flat Rock (about 10 minutes):  Turn onto Little River Rd off of Greenville Hwy (225).  After about 3.5 miles turn left into Camp Pinnacle’s main entrance.

From Brevard (about 35 minutes):  Take 276N to 64E.  After about 3.5 miles turn right onto Crab Creek Rd and follow for about 11 miles.  Then turn right onto Little River Rd.  Turn right into Camp Pinnacle’s main entrance after about a half mile. 

From Lake Lure (about 40 minutes): Take 64 into Hendersonville and turn left onto N Church Street.  Turn right onto Kanuga Rd. off of Church St. After about 4 miles turn left onto Little River Rd.  Turn right into Camp Pinnacle’s main entrance after about a half mile. 

From Asheville (about 40 minutes):  Take 240 to 26E.  Take exit 49B towards Hendersonville.  Take 64 into Hendersonville and turn left onto N Church Street.  Turn right onto Kanuga Rd. off of Church St. After about 4 miles turn left onto Little River Rd.  Turn right into Camp Pinnacle’s main entrance after about a half mile. 

Map of Camp Pinnacle 


A panel of environmental experts will present information about non-native invasive plants and native landscaping in Hickory Nut Gorge at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 22nd in the Community Hall at the Lake Lure Municipal Building. Experts include David Lee with Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy, Marshall Ellis with North Carolina State Parks, and Bob Gale with MountainTrue.

The Party Rock Fire burned more than 7,000 acres in the Hickory Nut Gorge in November of 2016. While there were no fatalities and no structures were lost during the fire, there are other ways that the fire will affect the local community. The local economy relies heavily on tourism; the Hickory Nut Gorge’s natural beauty and unique plant and animal species are a major draw for visitors.

The disturbance caused by the Party Rock Fire could create the ideal conditions for non-native invasive plants to thrive, which can lower biodiversity and affect the beauty of the gorge. Most people have seen the fields of kudzu on the sides of the gorge, princess trees shading out the shrub layer of the forest, or oriental bittersweet strangling trees along the roadside; these species might create more problems as a result of the fire, but there are things the community can do to help!

The panel will present and discuss information about how non-native invasive plants will respond to the wildfire, why native landscaping is vital in preventing wildfires, and what the community and landowners can do. The panel will be hosted and moderated by the Weed Action Coalition of the Hickory Nut Gorge (WAC-HNG) and Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy. It is free and open to the public.

The Weed Action Coalition of the Hickory Nut Gorge (WAC-HNG), based at Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy, is composed of area partners whose mission is to protect the natural environment of the Hickory Nut Gorge by managing the exotic invasive plants on public and private land. WAC-HNG can be a major force in helping to mitigate the possible long-term effects of the Party Rock Fire; support from landowners in the gorge and volunteers from the local community will be critical for WAC-HNG in the months and years ahead.

 

 


Date: Tuesday, March 21st            Time: 5:30 - 7:00pm

Location: Brevard College, Brevard NC: McLarty-Goodson 125

This month’s Lady Slipper Speaker Series features Dave Michelson and William Clark of the National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center (NEMAC) at the University of North Carolina Asheville (UNCA). Together they will be presenting on how digital tools can help environmentalists plan for the future. The talk will discuss how NEMAC’s mission has evolved toward taking action in local communities and what tools NEMAC uses to accomplish this mission.

Dave has been working in the Geospatial industry for 20+ years across many disciplines.   Currently, he serves as an Applied Research Software Designer at UNC Asheville’s NEMAC where he works to architect software that accomplishes the goals of NEMAC’s partners.

He is also a big proponent of using open source software. The ethos matches his core beliefs of openness, transparency, and freedom. In his free time, Dave enjoys all of the incredible outdoor activities that surround WNC with his wife, two kids, and a very large happy wiggling golden retriever.

William is a senior Atmospheric Science Major at UNCA and a Web Developer Intern at NEMAC. After graduating he plans to research the economic impacts that weather and climate can have on the global economy, specifically, in the context of the insurance and utility sectors. In his free time, he enjoys writing codes, watching movies and being outside.

The two speakers will highlight how NEMAC has partnered with our local community on climate resilience and sustainability issues for over 10 years. Their talk will focus on their work creating the Climate Resilience Toolkit and how this toolkit is being used to develop a Climate Resilience Plan for the city of Asheville.  

Where do we need to be moving forward? Join us for this talk to find out! 


Fire on the Mountain: A discussion of the history and role of fire in the southern Appalachian forests

Dr. Peter Bates

Date: Tuesday FEB. 21st   Time: 5:30 - 7:00pm

Location:Brevard College, Brevard NC: McLarty-Goodson 125

The February 21st installment of the Lady Slipper Speaker Series will feature Dr. Peter Bates, Associate Professor with the Geosciences and Natural Resources department at Western Carolina University. Dr. Bates is also the founder and president of Forest Stewards. He will be presenting his lecture, “Fire on the Mountain: A discussion of the history and role of fire in southern Appalachian forests” at Brevard College from 5:30 - 7:00 pm. This talk will cover the history of fire in southern Appalachian forests, the use of fire suppression tactics and how they have shaped our forests, and how these changes in forest structure contributed to the fires of 2016. Dr. Bates will also discuss how fire can be used for good; as a tool to conserve and restore our cherished landscapes.

The Lady Slipper Speaker Series is brought to you by Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy (CMLC), in partnership with Brevard College. The speaker series features various regional experts and takes place every 3rd Tuesday of the month, during the spring academic semester. If you are interested in learning more about the environmental topics that are being studied in Western North Carolina, this event is for you! Admission is FREE! 

 


Solidarity Concert SeriesProtecting our natural resources, preserving our breathtaking views, and safeguarding places where our children can play in nature are more important now than ever. The WNC Solidarity Concert Series, held at THE BLOCK off Biltmore, aims to make donating to environmental and social nonprofits accessible and enjoyable with its monthly concert series.

The first of 12 concerts for 2017 will be held on Sunday, January 29 from 3-5 p.m. with 100% of proceeds benefitting CMLC. Funds will enable us to save our precious lands and waters, care for these places and provide a variety of opportunities for people of all walks of life to get outside and enjoy the beauty that sets western North Carolina apart. Support our work while listening to the sounds of the Tim Doyle Quartet and the Aaron Price Quartet. 

Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door the day of the event. Additional donations are accepted and encouraged. THE BLOCK off Biltmore is located at 39 S Market Street, Asheville, NC 28801 in the heart of historic downtown Asheville.

By supporting CMLC you are helping to protect the lands and waters that make our mountain community such a special place to visit, explore and live. For more information about the WNC Solidarity Concert Series, please contact Jason DeCristofaro at jasdecristofaro@gmail.com


The Lady Slipper Speaker Series is CMLC's new and improved lecture series in partnership with Brevard College! The series will kick-off on Tuesday, January 24th at 5:30pm! Come hear regional guests speak about a range of environmental topics relevant to Western North Carolina. 

The January 24th lecture; "Song of the Woods: Appalachian Forests, Why They Matter, and What You Can do to Support Them" will be presented by Dr. Kathryn Newfont of the University of Kentucky! 

Dr. Newfont is an environmental historian at the University of Kentucky working with the history department and the Appalachian Studies program. She is also the author of Blue Ridge Commons: Environmental Activism and Forest History in Western North Carolina, which won the Appalachian Studies Association's 2012 Weatherford Award for Non-fiction and the 2012 Thomas Wolfe Literary Award. 

Dr. Newfont was also a long time resident of western North Carolina before moving to Kentucky in 2015. She has graciously agreed to be the first speaker in our new speaker series and will be sharing her wisdom on the region in her presentation which will consider the treasures of our own Appalachian woods, the richest temperate forests on earth. 

What you Need to Know

Time: 5:30 - 7:00pm

Location: Brevard College McLarty-Goodson 125

Every Third Tuesday of the Month!

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