News & Events: Upcoming Events

 

Party Rock Fire

A panel of environmental experts will present information the Party Rock Fire’s Impact on the Natural Communities of the Hickory Nut Gorge on Wednesday, February 22nd at 6 p.m. in the Community Hall at the Lake Lure Municipal Building. Experts include Clint Calhoun with the Town of Lake Lure, Wesley Knapp with the NC Natural Heritage Program and Adam Warwick  with The Nature Conservancy.

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. In contrast, some of the rare and endangered plant species of the gorge are dependent on disturbances to create suitable habitats for them. There are many potential benefits and detriments from the fire.

The panel will present and discuss information about what the possible effects of the fire will be, when we can expect to start seeing them, and what the community can do to ensure the natural environment of the Hickory Nut Gorge stays healthy. 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.

 


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!

To learn more about each month's guest speaker, topic and more, visit our Facebook Page

 


CMLC Holiday Drop-In

Tuesday, December 13th

4:30-6:30 pm

 

Burntshirt Vineyards

2695 Sugarloaf Road, Hendersonville

Click Here for Directions

 

Please RSVP by December 8th.

 

Come as you are or in casual holiday attire. Bring your spouse or partner. Hors d'oeuvres and desserts will be served. Beer and wine will be available for purchase.

Not a current member? Join or renew today

Enjoy a cozy holiday party as we celebrate and thank YOU for saving our beautiful lands and waters!

 

Questions? Contact Laura Pocock at laura@carolinamountain.org or (828) 697-5777 ext. 203.


Invasive Removal

 

Westfeldt Park Workday with RiverLink

Thursday, November 3rd 1-4pm

 

Join us in partnering with RiverLink volunteers to remove exotic invasive plants from an existing wetland along with mulching a woodland trail at Westfeldt Park in Henderson County. We are joining forces with RiverLink to ensure that this park remains in great health because it provides habitat for numerous wetland species of plants and animals and is an important tool for stormwater management. This day will be a great way to meet more impressive volunteers who are helping preserve our region!

RSVP is required: Email Madison at volunteer@carolinamountain.org


Hiking for Beginners

September 28th 6:30pm-8:00pm

Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy Office

This presentation is for those who have gazed longingly at pictures of mountain top views and tree-lined rivers but never stepped foot on a trail. During this session, you'll learn what to bring, where to go, and what to do once you get there. The presentation is being held by Cheryl Cawley. Cheryl  is an avid hiker who has presented similar classes at REI Asheville. She is also a frequent CMLC volunteer, as well as a Pardee and CMLC White Squirrel Hiking Challenge participant.

This event is going to be held at the Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy office and is FREE to the public. The event is capped at 15 participants, so be sure to RSVP today! 

RSVP is required Click Here to access the RSVP form. Visit our Facebook Page for more information! 

Location: 847 Case St, Hendersonville, NC 28792         Time: 6:30-8:00pm 

 

 


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

Join CMLC's Volunteer and Community Engagement Associate (VCEA) on Tuesday, September 27th 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 counts as a volunteer orientation for new volunteers, so you'll be ready to get started!

Contact Madison, the VCEA at volunteer@carolinamountain.org or sign up online here if you'd like to attend this or another information session!

 

Help us celebrate and maintain the beauty of Pisgah National Forest!

CMLC is partnering with the Pisgah Conservancy and many other organizations for Pisgah Pride Day 2016. 

What is Pisgah Pride Day?

Pisgah Pride Day is a new event focusing on volunteerism in the Pisgah Ranger District (PRD) on National Public Lands Day. The Pisgah Conservancy is sponsoring this day in hopes to instill a new pride in how the public owners and users of Pisgah take care of the forest and the facilities within it. As a public land, it's our forest, and it's our responsibility to take care of it!

Volunteers will be working at various sites within the PRD with a team leader from 9AM-2PM on Saturday, September 24th. All volunteers will receive a goody bag courtesy of The Pisgah Conservancy and a T-Shirt for the event!

Following the service day, volunteers can get together afterward for a post-service gathering at Oskar Blues Brewery. 

All are welcome! 

For more information or to sign-up, please see The Pisgah Conservancy's FAQ and sign-up page. Please put "CMLC" in the comments section of your sign-up!

For other questions or concerns, please contact the Volunteer and Community Engagement Associate at volunteer@carolinamountain.org. 

 


Get outdoors with CMLC on Saturday, September 17th 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 debris clearing from trails, stream monitoring, or weed-whacking of the meadow area.

This preserve has around 6 miles of public access trails and provides a great opportunity for people to get out into nature!

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 Madison, the Volunteer and Community Engagement Associate at volunteer@carolinamountain.org


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