News & Events: Upcoming Events

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 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 


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

Go outside with CMLC on Friday, September 16th from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm!

The primary purpose of the monthly Lewis Creek workdays is to restore habitat, remove non-native invasive species, and maintain the walking trail at CMLC's Lewis Creek Nature Preserve near Edneyville, NC. These volunteer service days are held monthly, and the specific projects undertaken are determined closer to the event date.

Lewis Creek is owned and monitored by CMLC.  It is maintained by CMLC staff, AmeriCorps members, and volunteers who come out monthly to help maintain this beautiful preserve. This property is special, consisting of a large field and a southern Appalachian mountain bog. 

At this volunteer day, you will be given a tour of Lewis Creek property and background information on CMLC's involvement and management strategies to this date. You will also learn more about what CMLC has in store for this property.

Frequent projects out at Lewis Creek include removing non-native invasive plants by cutting with hand pruners and then applying an aquatic safe herbicide,hand-pulling of smaller non-native invasive plants, and other habitat restoration activities such as bog bridge building and maintenance, bird house building and installation, and clearing of the grass trail.

 Occasionally, volunteers may also engage in other activities.

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.

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

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

Join CMLC's Volunteer and Community Engagement Associate (VCEA) on Thursday, September 15th 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 Madison, the VCEA at or sign up online here if you'd like to attend this or another information session!


Support your native pollinators!

On Thursday, July 28th, CMLC staff and AmeriCorps will be joining students from Camplify! to plant milkweed on a CMLC conserved property in Henderson County. 

We will be planting three different kinds of milkweed--common, swamp, and butterfly--at the Hyder Pasture property owned and conserved by CMLC. 

Hyder Pasture is a beautiful now-restored southern Appalachian mountain bog property located in Flat Rock. In 2013, CMLC acquired the deteriorated bog-site and in 2015, the area underwent a complete rehabilitation in partnership with the US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) and NC's Clean Water Management Trust Fund.

At the time of purchase, Hyder Pasture was home to one of the rarest plant species in the nation--the bunched arrowhead. Found only in Henderson and Spartanburg counties at 11 sites in the entire world, the bunched arrowhead was on a great decline in Hyder Pasture. Now, Hyder Pasture and its rare plant are thriving and it is a great time to introduce some native pollinators!

Please join us at this service day to install a pollinator patch on this beautiful conserved property.

Volunteers should wear sturdy shoes, pants, and should be prepared for the weather. Additionally, volunteers should bring plenty of water and a lunch to eat out on the field. CMLC will provide all gloves, tools, and additional water for the service day.

If you are interested in volunteering for this service day or any other or would like more information, please email Ericka Berg, the Volunteer and Community Engagement Associate at

For more information about Camplify!, please visit their website:



Come get your hands dirty and help Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy and REI Asheville for a post-National Trails Day event on Saturday, June 11th!

Help finish the Little Bearwallow Trail, the newest segment of the Upper Hickory Nut Gorge Trail loop connecting conserved lands in Gerton, NC. Spend a fun day in the woods while constructing one of the region's newest and most exciting hiking trail systems. The new trail is a segment of the developing 20-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 (under 18 with supervision). 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.

Click here to register for REI Asheville's post-National Trails Day with CMLC!

For questions, contact CMLC Trails and Outreach Coordinator Peter Barr at or 828-697-5777 ext. 215.

Support CMLC by eating at Mountain Deli (343 Main St.) and The Green Room (536 N. Main St.) and by shopping at both Hendersonville's Mast General Store (527 N. Main St.) and Shelley's Jewelry (429 N. Main St.) on Land Trust Day: Saturday, June 4th, 2016

In support of land conservation in western North Carolina, Mountain Deli, The Green Room Cafe and Coffeehouse, Mast General Store (Hendersonville location only), and Shelley's Jewelry, will donate up to 20% of June 4th's sales to CMLC! 


Why is National Land Trust Day Important? Land Trusts help to do the following:

1. Protect water quality - Keeping our streams, watersheds, and drinking water clean.

2. Protect scenic views - Keeping our mountaintops and valleys beautiful.

3. Protect local public parks, such as Chimney Rock Park and DuPont SRF - Helping create public lands and continuing to buffer their boarders for their protection.

4. Protect farms and local food - Helping protect productive agricultural soils. Henderson Country is one of the most important agricultural counties in WNC.

5. Protect the unique plants and animals - Helping to keep the ladyslippers, salamanders, and other plants and animals in a safe, protected habitat.

6. Create new places for recreational activities, such as Florence Nature Preserve and the Hickory Nut Gorge - Allows CMLC and other organizations to offer special hikes and outings.

Browse Mast General Store online and Shelley's Jewelry online now to find out what catches your eye for your in-store purchase on June 4th. Also, be sure to bring your appetite and enjoy a delicious breakfast or lunch at Mountain Deli and  The Green Room all in support of land conservation and CMLC! 

#landtrustday  #nclandtrusts

For more information, please contact CMLC Donor Relations Manager Laura Pocock at or 828-697-5777 ext 203.


That's right, you can enjoy your favorite bayou-style meal from Mayfel's of Downtown Asheville all the more knowing that every bite is supporting land conservation in WNC. Mayfel's is donating 15% of their total sales from Thursday, June 2nd to CMLC as part of their 2016 Conservation Days.

Open from 9:00am to 10:00pm, Mayfel's has delicious brunch and dinner menus featuring Louisiana Bayou inspired plates like shrimp and grits, crab cakes, and fried green tomatos. Complete your meal with a craft beer, glass of wine, or specialty cocktail from their full bar. CMLC will be present with info in hand about our conservation and programming so you can learn more about the beautiful places you'll be conserving as you eat your tasty meal. 

Mayfel's is located in Downtown Asheville at 22 College Street. Bring your friends and appetite and we'll see you there!


The Mills River Partnership (MRP) along with CMLC and MountainTrue are pleased to present the third annual “Mills River Day” on Sunday, May 22nd from 1-5 p.m. The event will be held at Mills River Park, located at 124 Town Center Drive, Mills River, NC. 


Join us in celebrating with the theme “The River Connects Us” to learn how the Mills River community and watershed are joined 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, helps build a stronger sense of community, and raises awareness of local agriculture.


This fun and educational community event is for kids of all ages and will have a bounce house, inner tube rides, wagon rides, conservation tours, farm equipment demonstrations and displays, and a fire safety house. Ice cream, BBQ, and other food truck cuisine will be available as guests enjoy live music and entertainment provided by the Lonesome Road Band and local musicians and storytellers.


Mills River Day will also feature fun-filled water quality activities including fly-fishing and kicknet demonstrations, in which guests can hunt for river “bugs” and learn about water improvement projects near the river.


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 courtesy of Van Wingerden Greenhouse Co.!


In the news: "Mills River Day Showcases Pristine Watershed"



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. MRP's 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.

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