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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!
Protecting 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
2695 Sugarloaf Road, Hendersonville
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 email@example.com or (828) 697-5777 ext. 203.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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!
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!