News & Events: Upcoming Events

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.

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 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:

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 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 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.


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