News & Events: Upcoming Events

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 volunteer@carolinamountain.org 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 volunteer@carolinamountain.org.


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 volunteer@carolinamountain.org!


Date of this Event: Wed, 02/10/2016 - 9:30am

Join CMLC staff and AmeriCorps in a clean up at the newly acquired Hoot Owl property in Mills River, North Carolina! 

Located between two portions of the Pisgah National Forest near the North Mills River Recreational area, the Hoot Owl property is an amazing newly conserved property by CMLC. Once the clean-up and a couple other restoration projects are completed, the final plans for this property include a faciliated transfer to the United States Forest Service. This project completion not only protects the headwaters of the north fork of Mills River, it will also connect US Forest Service lands.

For this workday, we will be meeting at the Mills River Ingles located at 3338 Boylston HWY at 9:30AM on Wednesday, February 10th. From there, we will carpool to the worksite, located approximately 15 minutes away. This workday will include some heavy lifting (30-40lbs), digging, and a whole lot of hauling of leftover large trash and debris. There are smaller trash items that also need to be bagged and collected.

Please dress for the weather, including long pants and long sleeves shirt, and wear boots with good traction, some level of water resistance, and ankle support! We will be working on rough, and potentially very soggy, terrain on a gorgeous property with a lot of water sources. Bring plenty of water, a lunch, and a can-do attitude for a great workday on a beautiful property! 

For more information or to RSVP for this workday, please contact Ericka Berg, the Volunteer and Community Engagement Associate at volunteer@carolinamountain.org or 828-697-5777 ext. 211.


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 volunteer@carolinamountain.org or sign up online here if you'd like to attend this or another information session!

 

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 volunteer@carolinamountain.org 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 https://usacycling.org/cyclo-cross/.

 

 

 

 


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 ericka@carolinamountain.org or by phone at 697-5777 ext. 211, or if you're in the CMLC office, just give her a holler!

Date of this Event: Wed, 12/09/2015 - 6:00pm

Join us Wednesday, December 9th in welcoming NPS Ranger Margo Blewett to the CMLC Speaker Series. Blewett will present on the Overmountain Victory Trail, a 330-mile historical trail that crosses through Virginia, Tennessee, North, and South Carolina. The presentation will take place from 6:00-7:30 pm at Henderson County Public Library in Hendersonville. This event is free and open to the public

The Overmountain Victory Trail was used by a group of patriot militia, now called the Overmountain Men, in the Revolutionary War. The trail was used reach the pivotal Battle of Kings Mountain in 1870. Blewett will speak about the history of the trail, its creation as part of the National Trails System, and sites along the trail. The presentation will also include photos from the two-week reenactment of the March of the Overmountain Men that occurs annually. 

CMLC will also be hosting a Historical Hike at Alexander's Ford, a section of the trail, also led by Blewett. The hike will be the following Saturday, December 12th. Sign up now to reserve your spot on this members-only hike. Not a member? Support CMLC with an annual membership for you and your household. 

Sign up to receive our bi-weekly e-newsletter The Holler and stay up-to-date on CMLC news and events!

For questions, contact CMLC Community Outreach Associate Corinne Fretwell at corinne@carolinamountain.org or call at (828) 697-5777 ext. 211

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. 


Date of this Event: Thu, 12/03/2015 - 8:00am

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

Join CMLC's Volunteer and Community Engagement Associate (VCEA) on Thursday, December 3rd from 8:00-9:00 AM 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 volunteer@carolinamountain.org or sign up online here if you'd like to attend this or another information session!

 

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