News & Events: Upcoming Events

The Mills River Partnership (MRP) is pleased to sponsor the second annual “Mills River Day” on Sunday, May 31st from 2-5 p.m., hosted by local farm, North River Farms (3333 North Mills River Road). Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy, Weed Action Coalition of the Hickory Nut Gorge (WAC-HNG), and many other groups will be in attendance.

Join MRP in celebrating the theme “The River Connects Us” to learn the many aspects that join the Mills River community and watershed 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, help build stronger sense of community, and raise awareness of local agriculture.

This fun and educational community event for kids of all ages will have a bounce house, farm animals, wagon rides, farm equipment demonstrations and displays, fire safety house and fire truck demonstration, ice cream and BBQ. Live music by the Lonesome Road Band. 

It will also feature fun-filled water quality activities including fly-fishing and kicknet demonstrations for river “bugs” and water improvement projects near the river, as well as agricultural activities including the Farm Simulator and a no-till demonstration.

Also, meet local author Marci Spencer available to sign her newest book Pisgah National Forest: a History

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. 

For more information or media inquiries, please contact MRP at 708-7388 or visit www.millsriverwater.org.

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. MRPs 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.


Join Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy (CMLC) Tuesday, April 28th from 7:00PM to 8:00PM at REI Asheville to learn about the new CMLC White Squirrel Hiking Challenge, Version 3. CMLC is challenging outdoor enthusiasts of all experience levels to get outside and explore the most beautiful locales among their 28,000 protected acres. Hike on your own schedule to 8 CMLC-conserved lands to earn the famous white squirrel patch. Come learn all about how to take the challenge, the amazing trails and destinations to hike, and how your efforts will help save more land and earn you free hiking gear.

Registration is Required. You can register here.

Contact Sarah Harden, CMLC Outreach Associate, for more details: sarahh@carolinamountain.org; 828-697-5777.


Please join CMLC and Patrick Horan for the late April Speaker Series on Wednesday, April 22nd to learn about current hemlock restoration projects. 

 

Over the last decade, the exotic forest pest, Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA) has ravaged our southern Appalachian forests. Since the “arrival” of HWA in our area, Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy has been working to protect our native Eastern and Carolina hemlocks from this attack. Come and find out how HWA kills hemlocks, how predator beetles can protect these special trees and what CMLC is doing to promote hemlock restoration.

 

The CMLC Speaker Series featuring CMLC, Patrick Horan, and current hemlock restoration projects will be held from 6:00-7:30pm at the Henderson County Public Library.

 

The event is free and open to the public.

 

For more information on the event, visit carolinamountain.org, or sign up to receive our bi-weekly e-newsletter, The Holler.

For questions, contact CMLC Outreach Associate Sarah Harden at sarahh@carolinamountain.org or 828-697-5777.

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.

 


THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FROM FEBRUARY 26th TO APRIL 15th

 
Join CMLC on Wednesday, April 15th for a presentation from Kieran Roe, Executive Director of CMLC; Michael Cheek, Assistant Regional Forester of Region 3 for the NC Forest Service;Bill Holman, NC State Director of The Conservation Fund; and Justin Boner, Director of NC Real Estate of The Conservation Fund.
 
The program will consist of CMLC's involvement in the Headwater State Forest project, how the project got its start, and the history of the property. Then, there will be a presentation detailing the project, ending with the benefits, how much has been done so far, and how much more there is to go before goals are met.
 
The CMLC Speaker Series featuring a Headwaters State Forest project presentation will be held from 6:00-7:30pm at the Transylvania County Library in the Rogow Room. This presentation is co-sponsored by the NC Cooperative Extension
 
The event is free and open to the public.
 

For more information on the event, visit carolinamountain.org, or sign up to receive our bi-weekly e-newsletter, The Holler.

For questions, contact CMLC Outreach Associate Sarah Harden at sarahh@carolinamountain.org or 828-697-5777.

 

“This event is neither sponsored nor endorsed by the Transylvania County Library or Government.”

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 27,000 acres of natural lands in our mountains.

 


Join Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy (CMLC) on Thursday, March 26th for a presentation entitled Restoring the Mighty Giant: Creating Resistance to Two Pathogens. Up until a century ago, American chestnut was considered one of the most prominent foundation species throughout the eastern hardwood forests. The accidental introduction of “chestnut blight” and “ink disease” resulted in the functional loss of American chestnut throughout its range.  Learn how The American Chestnut Foundation has developed a chestnut tree resistant to “chestnut blight” and is well on its way to developing a resistance to “ink disease.”

The presenter is Tom Saielli, Southern Regional Science Coordinator of The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF). Tom oversees the organization’s Southeast region which includes the TACF state chapters of KY, TN, NC/SC (Carolina’s), AL and GA.

The program is the March edition of CMLC’s Speaker Series—held monthly across the land trust’s service area of Henderson, Transylvania, and Rutherford counties. It will be held at the Transylvania County Public Library from 6:00pm to 7:30pm. The event is co-sponsored by the NC Cooperative Extension. It is free and open to the public.

For more information on the event, visit carolinamountain.org, or sign up to receive our bi-weekly e-newsletter, The Holler.

For questions, contact CMLC Outreach Associate Sarah Harden at sarahh@carolinamountain.org or 828-697-5777.

“This event is neither sponsored nor endorsed by the Transylvania County Library or Government.”

 

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 naturally significant lands in our mountains.

 

 


Join Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy (CMLC) Wednesday, January 14, 2015, for a presentation from Rose Senehi, the Western North Carolina author known for Dancing on Rocks, Render Unto the Valley, and many more. Rose will read passages from her books while elaborating on her local inspirations, some of which come from Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy. At the end of her readings, Rose will conduct a Q&A session and book signings.

The CMLC Speaker Series Featuring Rose Senehi will be held from 6:00pm to 7:30pm at the Henderson County Main Branch Library in the Kaplan Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. 

For more information, please contact Sarah Harden, CMLC Outreach Associate at sarahh@carolinamountain.org or (828) 697-5777.


Join Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy at their monthly CMLC Speaker Series on Monday, November 24, for a presentation discussing the mystery of crop circles with John Myers, founder and owner of Hickory Nut Forest Eco-Community and Laughing Waters Retreat Center.

For centuries, these formations have been appearing around the world, becoming more intricate and astonishing with each passing year. Encoded with powerful geometry, a universal language, these mysterious numerical patterns spark a higher consciousness in people exposed to them. What is their purpose? What are these brilliant works of art communicating? Join us to learn about the background and history of crop circle phenomena and hear Myers's tales from his personal experiences studying and interpreting them domestically and abroad.

The November CMLC Speaker Series featuring John Myers will be held from 6:00pm to 7:30pm at the Henderson County Main Branch Library in the Kaplan Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.  For more information on the event, visit carolinamountain.org, or sign up to receive our bi-weekly e-newsletter, The Holler.

For questions, contact CMLC Outreach Associate Sarah Harden at sarahh@carolinamountain.org or 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 27,000 acres of natural lands in our mountains.


Join Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy on Thursday, October 23, to hear a presentation from Jeremy B. Jones, local author of the renowned book, Bearwallow: A Personal History of a Mountain Homeland. Jeremy will read passages from the book and tell about his inspiration and life here in WNC and the Blue Ridge Mountains. He will also play his banjo, hold a Q&A session, and have a book-signing after the presentation.

With CMLC, a non-profit land conservancy, and Jeremy B. Jones, an avid supporter of conserving important and beautiful natural lands, this Speaker Series event centered around Bearwallow is sure to be inspirational and entertaining for everyone.

When and Where?

The CMLC Speaker Series featuring Jeremy B. Jones will be from 6:00pm to 7:30pm at the Henderson County Main Branch Library in the Kaplan Auditorium and is open and free to the public.

For questions, contact CMLC Outreach Associate Sarah Harden at sarahh@carolinamountain.org or 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 27,000 acres of natural lands in our mountains.

 


Get outdoors with CMLC on Wednesday, June 18th from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm to remove non native invasive plants from The Places You Love. We will be working on CMLC's Florence Nature Preserve near Gerton, NC.
What we will be doing: We will be removing non native invasive plants by cutting with hand tools and then applying herbicide. Training will be provided on site. All protective equipment will also be provided. 
 
Sample Schedule: 
10:00 am - Meet and Carpool to site
10:15 am - Arrive at site and give introductions and safety talk 
11:00 am - Start work
12 or 1 - Take lunch break
~3:00 pm - End work. Take a hike!
 
What to bring: 
Lunch 
Water bottle 
Long pants and sleeves
Closed toe hiking shoes 
Hat (optional)
Work gloves (if you have them) 
Rain gear (just in case) 
Emergency contact information (also, just in case!)
 
To sign up for this, and other scheduled invasive species workdays please contact Kristen at Kristent@carolinamountain.org or use the link below!
 


Get outdoors with CMLC on Saturday, June 14th from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm to remove non native invasive plants from The Places You Love. We will be working on CMLC's Florence Nature Preserve near Gerton, NC.
What we will be doing: We will be removing non native invasive plants by cutting with hand tools and then applying herbicide. Training will be provided on site. All protective equipment will also be provided. 
 
Sample Schedule: 
10:00 am - Meet at site
10:15 am - Introductions and safety talk 
11:00 am - Start work
12 or 1 - Take lunch break
~3:00 pm - End work. Take a hike! 
 
What to bring: 
Lunch 
Water bottle 
Long pants and sleeves
Closed toe shoes hiking shoes
Hat (optional)
Work gloves (if you have them) 
Rain gear (just in case) 
Emergency contact information (also, just in case!)
 
To sign up for this, and other scheduled invasive species workdays please contact Kristen at Kristent@carolinamountain.org or use the link below!
 


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