News & Events: Upcoming Events

Join CMLC Trails and Outreach Associate Matt Kirk and Brad Kee of Kee Mapping for a free presentation on the Southern Appalachian Loop Trail (SALT) at REI Asheville from 7:00 - 8:00 pm on Tuesday, May 20th.

In April/May 2014, Brad hiked the 350+ mile route in less than 9 days. He will share stories and answer questions about his recent journey. Among other topics discussed will be The Missing Link: a short section between DuPont State Recreational Forest and Mountain Bridge Wilderness in South Carolina. The Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy has been working to make this connection and can use your help and support.

SALT connects several iconic trails like the AT, Art Loeb, and Mountains to Sea Trail with new segments to create a highlight reel of the Blue Ridge. It passes through four states - NC, SC, GA, and TN, and it includes classic Southern Appalachian landmarks like Clingmans Dome, the Chattooga River, Shining Rock, and the waterfalls of DuPont.  

Click here for more information and to register for this event.

Get outdoors with CMLC on Saturday, May 17th from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm to remove non native invasive plants from The Places You Love. We will be working on one of CMLC's beautiful Conservation Easements between Mills River, NC and the Pisgah National Forest (directions will be provided once registered).
What we will be doing: We will be removing non native invasive plants by hand pulling. 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
~4:00 pm - End work. Those interested are invited to gather at a local restaurant for some food and beverages
What to bring: 
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 for this, and other scheduled invasive species workdays please contact Kristen at or use the link below!

Landowners, Volunteers, and the General Public are invited to join CMLC this Friday for a free, one hour Invasive Species Workshop. 

Workshop will cover Invasive Species background, identification of common non native invasive plants to Western North Carolina, and treatment methods. 

When: May 16th from 5:30 pm- 6:30 pm
Where: CMLC Office, 847 Case St. Hendersonville, NC 28792

Then sign up for Saturday's workday to apply what you've learned!

All attendees will recieve a free copy of A Field Guide for Identification of Invasive Plants in Southern Forests, and the associated Management Guide published by the USDA - Forest Service.

Information will be presented by Kristen Todd, CMLC Volunteer Program Associate and co-owner of KD Ecological Services - specializing in non-native invasive plant management using chemical, mechanical, and biological control methods.

Class is limited to 15 people. Please sign up early by using the following link to VolunteerSpot.


Join CMLC for an educational workshop to learn how to grow shiitake mushrooms. Following a brief presentation on easy-to-grow edible mushrooms, participants will be able to inoculate their very own shiitake log to take home. The event will take place at the CMLC office on April 22nd from 5:30-7:00pm. Space is limited; RSVP is required no later than Friday, April 18th. Workshop fee is $10.00.

Click here to RSVP.


This is a free event. Attendance is open to the public.

Join CMLC on Sunday, April 6th at 2:00 - 4:30pm our Annual Meeting, an event to honor our dedicated volunteers and announce the recipient of the prestigious 2014 Lela McBride Award. The event will also feature special guest speaker Dr. Michael Follo, who will present the engaging talk "The Geology of CMLC Lands in Western North Carolina." Following the event, join CMLC staff and AmeriCorps members for an optional half-mile guided nature hike on scenic Camp Tekoa trails.

For directions to Camp Tekoa, click here.

Special Presentation: 

“The Geology of CMLC Lands in Western North Carolina”

Dr. Michael Follo taught geology for 25 years after earning his doctorate in geology from Harvard University. He now serves as the Director of Education at the North Carolina Outward Bound School and as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of Education at UNC-Chapel Hill. He leads Outward Bound wilderness courses for K-12 teachers from public and private schools, and mentors those teachers as they work to translate their Outward Bound experience back to a traditional classroom setting. 

Click here to RSVP online.

For more information, contact CMLC Volunteer Program Associate, Kristen Todd, at

CMLC will host a Volunteer Information Session every month.

The next session will be held on Tuesday, February 18th. Drop by the CMLC office (847 Case Street, Hendersonville) from 4:30-5:30pm to learn more about the work of Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy, current land protection and stewardship projects, fun events, and how you can get involved through volunteering!

To signup, Complete this form or contact Kristen Todd, CMLC Volunteer Associate, at or 828-697-5777 x 211.

Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy and the Pacolet Area Conservancy will jointly present the film, “Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for our Time to the public onTuesday, November 19th at 7:00pm at the Flat Rock Cinema. The Flat Rock Cinema is located at 2700 Greenville Hwy, Flat Rock, NC. 

There is no charge for the showing of the film but donations will be appreciated. The unqiue Flat Rock Cinema offers an array of food and beverages. Driving directions and a complete food and beverage menu, including beer and wine, can be found at

Considered by many as the father of wildlife conservation in the United States and author of the widely reknowned A Sand County Alamanc, Aldo Leopold was a conservationist, forester, philosopher, educator, writer, and outdoor enthusiast. The film explores Aldo Leopold’s life in the early part of the 20th century and the many ways his land ethic idea continues to be applied all over the world today.

Members are extremely important to the daily operations of CMLC and the fulfillment of our mission.  Help CMLC put together materials for a mass mailing on November 4 and 5. We are looking for 2 volunteers per day. Shifts will be no longer than 4 hours each day. Please RSVP to or call 828-697-5777.

Members are extremely important to the daily operations of CMLC and the fulfillment of our mission.  Help CMLC put together materials for a mass mailing on November 4 and 5. We are looking for 2 volunteers per day. Shifts will be no longer than 4 hours each day. Please RSVP to or call 828-697-5777.

National Trails Day with REI, CMC, and CMLC was rescheduled due to severe weather. The make-up date will be held on Saturday, June 29. 
Get your hands dirty with CMLC, Carolina Mountain Club, and REI Asheville on National Trails Day, Sunday June 2nd. Help build the new Trombatore Trail, a three mile extension of the popular Bearwallow Mountain Trail in the Hickory Nut Gorge.
Spend a fun day in the woods while being part of constructing one of the region's newest and most exciting hiking trail systems. The new trail is a segment of the developing 12-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 25 volunteers. Ages 12 and up are welcome. Workday will last from 9 AM - 3 PM. 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. Meet at the Bearwallow Mountain trailhead (directions:
For questions, contact CMLC Trails Associate Sarah Bromley at or 828-697-5777.

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