News & Events: Upcoming Events

CMLC invites members to our Land Lovers Picnic, SUNDAY April 24th as we recognize and honor our recent conservation landowners and our amazing volunteers. 

A suggested donation of $10 per person at the door would be greatly appreciated.

RSVP by Thursday, April 14th to Laura Pocock, Donor Relations Manager, by email at laura@carolinamountain.org or by phone at (828) 697-5777 x 203


CMLC is partnering with Henderson County to seek funding to acquire 72 stunning acres of natural land in the Green River Gorge for the creation of the Bell Trail Park. To find out more about the project, attend a public hearing on Wednesday, April 20th at 9:00am in downtown Hendersonville at the Henderson County Historic Courthouse. If you would like to make your voice heard, make sure to arrive early to sign up to speak during the public comments section. For more information about the proposed Bell Trail Park, visit: http://www.blueridgenow.com/article/20151225/NEWS/151229867


Make a Difference in Transylvania County on Saturday, April 16th from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm!

Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy will be joined by the BCServes group (a service organization from Brevard College) at the Deerlake Community in Brevard. 

CMLC holds a conservation easement at Deerlake and will be working alongside the students in BCServes and the neighbors in the Deerlake community to remove non-native invasive species from the easement property.

Non-native invasive species take over a land and prevent the native species from thriving. The invasives are able to do this through a variety of means, boiling down to the fact that they often have less competition in the area. With the non-native invasive species removed, natives will hopefully have room to move in and take back the natural area.

If time permits, we will also be working on the existing pollinator garden in the community--either adding to it and expanding it or by removing unwanted plants and weeds to provide the pollinator plants with the best atmosphere possible.

If you are interested in attending this weekend volunteer event, please email the CMLC Volunteer and Community Engagement Associate Ericka Berg at volunteer@carolinamountain.org or call at 828-697-5777 ext 211 before Friday, April 15th.


On Friday, April 15th from 10AM-4PM, the AmeriCorps Project Conserve members will be hosting a workday to assist Ranger Amy Kinsella at Holmes Educational State Forest for National Volunteer Week

We will be working on improving and repairing the educational helicopter display, making updates and improvements to the public campground structures and lands, removing invasive species, and restoring the Holmes pollinator garden, along with any other tasks that may come up. 

This workday is being organized by AmeriCorps Project Conserve members Ericka Berg (at CMLC), Anna Alsobrook (at MountainTrue), Kate Nelson (at Asheville GreenWorks), and Katie Hargrove (at Mills River Partnership). ACPC members will be present at the workday, but community members, all host site volunteers, and staff are encouraged to attend and take part in taking care of our local educational forest. The workday will be from 10AM-2:30PM, with celebration and networking occuring from 2:30-4PM at Holmes. 

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. Holmes Educational State Forest is a great asset and treasure for Henderson County.

Please be sure to wear long sleeves, pants, suitable work shoes, and to dress for the weather! Workday will go on, rain or shine, but activities will be modified if there is bad weather. Also be sure to prepare for the day by bringing enough water and a picnic lunch or small snack to eat at the covered picnic shelter at Holmes. Food items will be provided for the celebration!

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.

 


 

Lace up your running shoes and join the community on Wednesday, April 13th for a 5K prediction race! Foot Rx Running Asheville will host this fun race as a part of their $5 5K series--just $5 to enter the race. All proceeds benefit CMLC and will help us save the land you love!

This will be a prediction run--meaning that each runner will estimate his or her finish time and complete the run without a timepiece. The runner closest to his or her predicted time will be declared the winner! So come one and all--fast and slow--to run with us for conservation.

The run will take place on Wednesday, April 13th at Fletcher Community Park, located at 85 Howard Gap Rd., Fletcher NC 28732. Look for the red Foot Rx tent. Registration begins at 5:30pm and the race starts at 6:30pm

Need some new shoes or running socks? Make sure to visit Foot Rx Running Asheville for all your running/walking gear needs! Check out other upcoming $5 5K races below.


Join CMLC for our March Speaker Series presentation--Climate Change and Conservation--featuring Dr. Sam Pearsall, Climate Change Specialist. The event will be held from 6-7:30 pm at the Transylvania County Library in Brevard on Wednesday, March 16th.

The presentation, Climate Change and Conservation, will cover everything from the basic science of climate change to future scenarios and what effects we will see in the natural and human systems on the planet. Dr. Pearsall will speak about what we as conservationiss can expect from climate change as well as address what we may be able to do about climate change. 

Dr. Sam Pearsall retired to the Raleigh area in 2013 following four years as a senior scientist at the Environmental Defense Fund and 30 years with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and Natural Hertiage Programs in North Carolina, Tennessee, Hawai'i, Western Samoa, and other regions in the South Pacific. During his time at The Nature Conservancy, Dr. Pearsall established TNC's first climate change adaptation program at Alligator River Refuge in eastern NC. In his retirement, Dr. Pearsall is focusing on maintenance of ecological flows in rivers and streams and meeting the challenges of climate change.

We are very excited to be hosting Dr. Pearsall and hope you will come out to join us for what is sure to be an engaging and informative presentation!

 


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.

 

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/.

 

 

 

 


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!

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. 

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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. 


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