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Explore the beautiful woods of Sylvan Habitat, a conservation-based development near Dupont State Forest. Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy invites you on a free, guided hike in a scenic forest near Brevard. Sylvan Habitat has striven to “create a community that minimizes impact while maximizing access to outdoor recreation.” We will traverse parts of the 200+ acres that CMLC has worked to protect since 2001. This 2-3 hour moderate hike will be about 3 miles in length. To sign up, email or call (828)697-5777x211 now!



Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy needs your help to win gas for a year! CITGO's Fueling Good Program is awarding $5,000 gas cards to non-profits receiving the most online votes. Voting is easy and takes only seconds. Vote once a day through February 9th.  Help "fuel" our mission to save the places you love!

Click here to vote for CMLC!

How Far Can a Gallon of Gas Go? CITGO is supporting organizations that make our communities a better place--one gallon at a time. The 2011 Fueling Good Program is awarding $120,000 in Gas Gift Cards to 24 non-profits across the country. Will you help CMLC be one of them? Your vote counts--every day.

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Alexander’s Ford protected by CMLC; certified as part of the Overmountain Victory Trail

In 2011, CMLC permanently protected 162 acres at Alexander's Ford in Polk County.  The Alexander's Ford property along the Green River includes more than two miles of the original roadbed traveled by the Overmountain Men, a Patriot militia who in 1780 marched hundreds of miles to fight the British at the Battle of Kings Mountain The victorious battle proved to be the turning point of the American Revolution.

Hosting far more than history alone, Alexander’s Ford is now part of the new Bradley Nature Preserve.  Its verdant forests and botanical diversity make it an ecological treasure.  Polk County plans to build a picnic shelter, a bike path, and hiking trails; a portion of the property may open to the public as early as summer 2012. 

The process of seeking preservation of Alexander's Ford took more than six years.  CMLC worked with the landowner and Polk County to garner grants from three North Carolina trust funds—Parks and Recreation Trust Fund,  Natural Heritage Trust Fund, and Clean Water Management Trust Fund. This collaboration is reflective of the many assets of Alexander's Ford: water quality, historic preservation, wildlife habitat and public recreation.

In October, the Overmountain Victory Trail Association (OVTA) and the National Park Service certified Alexander's Ford as part of the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail.  Colonial reenactors from the OVTA commenorated the newly protected part of the Trail, firing a volley from their muskets in celebration.

Like the Overmountain Men, CMLC and the project’s many supporters persevered to protect something important for future generations.  The permanent conservation of the land will forever honor those who bravely sacrificed for our nation’s freedom.

To read more about Alexander's Ford, read Saving More Than Mountains: Timeless History Protected at Alexander's Ford.

For driving directions for visiting the Bradley Nature Preserve at Alexander's Ford, click here.

Join CMLC for a member's-only hike led by CMLC trustee Diana Richards and CMLC Trails & Outreach Coordinator Peter Barr to Pool Creek Falls at Worlds Edge in Hickory Nut Gorge. This 2.25 mile hike on the slopes of Sugarloaf Mountain is highlighted by Pool Creek Falls, where we will stop to eat lunch and enjoy the scenery. This hike is not on maintained trails and features two very difficult stream crossings. Hikers will also be forced to navigate several downed trees, so this hike is recommended for experienced hikers only. The group is limited to 15 attendees, so sign up now to experience this otherwise inaccesible portion of the Worlds Edge tract!

To sign up, please email or call (828)697-5777 ext. 211. We hope to see you out on the trail!

In December, CMLC began construction on a new section of hiking trail that connects CMLC's newly opened trailhead on Highway 74A to the 600-acre Florence Nature Preserve (FNP).  Located in the Upper Hickory Nut Gorge near the hamlet of Gerton, the new section of trail will replace a steep and eroded trail that currently accesses the FNP. This new, sustainable trail will feature multiple switchbacks to improve the grade of the ascent to FNP.  The new route, open to foot traffic only, will also incorporate multiple natural and cultural points of interest as it accesses the Preserve and its five-mile hiking trail network on the slopes of Little Pisgah Mountain.  The existing trail will be closed following construction of the new access trail.  Construction of this trail re-route is scheduled to be completed in January 2012.

HIKERS: Please use extra caution. Hiking access to FNP will remain open during trail construction. However, please pay extra attention to safety while hiking to FNP during the construction process. Heavy machinery & tools are in use among the trail crew.  Stay alert and ensure your presence is known if you hike near the construction.

For directions to the trailhead, click here to enter your address and receive turn-by-turn directions to the the trailhead. GPS users may enter N35.4734, W-82.3320 in their units. Located off of Highway 74A, the grassy parking area is most recognizable by a rock wall and stone chimney.  Park here, making sure to leave space for other vehicles.

Florence Nature Preserve'a 600 acres harbor pristine mountain streams, old growth forest, and rock outcroppings with scenic views.  The Preserve was donated to CMLC for preservation and public access by Dr. Tom & Glenna Florence in 1996 and 2001.  FNP and its new public trailhead on Highway 74A will one day be part of the Upper Hickory Nut Gorge Loop Trail that will link conserved lands at Bearwallow Mountain and Hickory Nut Gap by footpath. For more information on CMLC's Florence Nature Preserve, click here.

CMLC is working on restoring bog habitat and constructing a trail extension at Lewis Creek, and we need your help!  We need volunteers for three workdays coming up at the end of November and the beginning of December.  

Here are the dates and what you'd be doing to help!

  • Sunday, November 20th: Flagging a path for a new section of trail through the bog area, clearing understory from the flagged trail, clearing the field of cut brush.  
  • Tuesday, November 29th: Chipping wood into mulch for the new section of trail.
  • Saturday, December 3rd: Spreading wood chips to help form the new section of trail, and helping to restore the ecological integrity of the bog by removing invasive plants.
  • Saturday, December 10th: Spreading wood chips to help form the new section of trail, and helping to restore the ecological integrity of the bog by removing invasive plants.

All of the workdays will be from 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM.  December 10th is bolded as we particularly need help on this day!  

If you're interested or would like more information, please get in touch with Mark at or at (828) 697-5777.  Thank you!

CMLC's Landscape Winter 2011 Issue

In this issue:

  • Saving More Than Mountains: Timeless History at Alexander's Ford Protected Forever, Forever Remembered
  • 2011 Conservation Celebration: Bringing Together Our Mountains' Finest - Photos & Thank Yous
  • Mills River: Protecting Drinking Water For Tens of Thousands
  • CMLC Oktoberfest Celebrates New Bearwallow Mountain Trail
  • Our Newest Yellow Lady Slipper Volunteers: Bill & Jerry McAninch
  • New AmeriCorps Project Conserve Members at CMLC
  • CMLC Welcomes New Staff & Family
  • Take the CMLC Hiking Challenge! 18 Challenge Completers Through October

Fill the stockings of your family & friends with mountains this year! Or enroll them in CMLC's White Squirrel Hiking Challenge for the New Year!

Gift Memberships:

It's as easy as 1-2-3:

  1. Select a level of membership below and click Buy Now
  2. Be sure to include your friend's name, address, phone number, and email.  If paying using PayPal leave this information as a note to the merchant, or call CMLC to give the additional information.
  3. Practice saying "You're welcome!" for all the "Thank yous!" you will receive for giving such a priceless gift

Don't forget to give us their address!

We will mail a welcome package to your friend including:

  • A letter of welcome from Kieran Roe, our Executive Director
  • A $20 Diamond Brand gift card (for gift memberships of $50 or more)
  • Our latest newsletter
  • Our annual report for the last year
  • General information about the organization

Membership Levels
Name of Friend

** Don't forget!  If you are a current member and you buy a gift membership for a friend at the $50 level, you both get a $20 gift card to Diamond Brand!

Enjoy the beautiful scenery of CMLC’s own Florence Nature Preserve, including rock outcrops, unusual plant communities, and a rushing stream that traverses the 600-acre property on the slopes of Little Pisgah Mountain. The Preserve was donated to CMLC by Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Florence as a means of protecting its unique natural heritage qualities for future generations.

This will be a moderately strenuous 4-mile hike from our new entrance point on US-74, much of it along a beautiful mountain stream. There is a rather steep climb early and another steep climb just before our lunch spot at a rock formation with a good view of Hickory Nut Gorge. Areas of interest include an old foundation on a spur of the Buncombe Turnpike, rhododendron grove, Southern Appalachian forest, chestnut trees, and a rock overlook. Long pants, waterproof boots and a hiking stick are recommended, in addition to the usual water and snacks or lunch. Please, do not bring dogs on this hike. The hike will last about 3 hours.

To sign up, please email or call (828)697-5777x211


CMLC's Annual Holiday Party

Tuesday, December 6th, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Salon Blue Ridge
(Architectural Warehouse & Showroom)

518 S. Allen Road (off of Upward Road)
Limited space, please RSVP by Thursday, December 1st


Join CMLC for a festive evening as we wrap up a successful 2011! Attendees enjoy wine, hors d'oeuvres and live jazz guitar by Dan Keller.

This year's holiday gathering is a true FRIEND-RAISER as follows:

$25 per for CMLC members

$35 per for CMLC non-members

FREE for CMLC members that bring a non-member as guest**

**You, members of your household and your non-member guest are welcomed gratis if you will kindly encourage that your guest become acquainted with CMLC's mission to conserve a regional network of locally and nationally significant farm, forest, park and natural lands. How can you know if your guest is a non-member? Simply ask! Email Kristin Harkey at

To sign up for this year's friendraiser, click here!

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