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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!

Join us after work on Wednesday, June 1st, to check out a CMLC protected Southern Appalachian mountain bog in Flat Rock. This tour will be led by David Lee, CMLC's Natural Resources Manager and special guest Anita Goetz of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Learn about the Southern Appalachian mountain bog habitat and get to know this particular property!

This hike will be for CMLC members only. If you are not already a member with us, learn about the benefits of membership and join us here--we would love to have you on this special tour and get to show you one of the incredible sites we have protected. Due to the sensitivity of the mountain bog environment, there will be a cap of 10 guests allowed on this tour. Reservations will be taken on a first come, first serve basis using CMLC's Online Hike Sign-Up Form. Additional information will be sent upon confirmation fo your spot on the hike within 1-3 business days after requesting a spot. 

CMLC's Online Hike Sign-Up Form

For questions, contact CMLC Community Outreach Associate Corinne Fretwell at corinne@carolinamountain.orgIn the event of inclement weather, please call our office at (828) 697-5777 to learn about a hike cancellation.


AmeriCorps Project Conserve 2016-2017 position descriptions are up! This CMLC program places members in service with one of 18 host site organizations working to protect the unique natural resources of the southern Blue Ridge Mountain region. Each member will serve 1,700 hours during an 11 month term, from September 1st through July 31st.  During their terms of service, members will promote conservation through education, volunteerism and direct service. In addition to serving on individual projects outlined by partnering sites, members participate in 1 to 3 required trainings and service days with the full Project Conserve team. Trainings may cover a broad range of topics including conflict resolution, forest management, trail construction, invasive plant identification, and disaster preparedness.


Project Conserve Applicants must:

  • Be a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the United States
  • Be at least 18 years of age at the commencement of service
  • Be available between September 1, 2016 and July 31, 2017 and commit to full-time service
  • Consent to a criminal history check and be cleared for service
  • Meet minimum education requirements (see individual service descriptions for specific requirements)
  • Additional qualifications for each position are listed in the individual service descriptions
  • Essential functions for each position are listed in the individual service descriptions


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Members earn a living stipend of $12,530 over the 11-month term of service (Please be aware that the living stipend is taxed when you are budgeting living expenses). Upon successful completion of the program, each member will also receive an education award of $5,775. This award can be used to pay off existing school loans or apply for future education. Other benefits include health insurance and childcare assistance.

The policy and intent of CMLC and AmeriCorps Project Conserve is to provide equal employment opportunity to all persons regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation or gender identity, disability, sex or age, or other status protected by law. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. AmeriCorps Project Conserve will provide reasonable accommodations to individuals with known mental / physical disabilities. Application materials are available in large-print format upon request.

Applications are due by June 1st!

See the full AmeriCorps Project Conserve Website

View the 2016-2017 position descriptions

Learn how to apply and see the application timeline

Join us after work on Wednesday, May 25th to learn about this incredible example of conserving small spaces. The Ironwood Square Community Arboretum is 2 acres located behind the offices of Ironwood Square that houses the CMLC, Children and Family Resouce Center, and The Free Clinics offices. This special space is home to hundreds of native species of flowering plants, insects, birds, amphibians, trees, and more. CMLC Land Protection Director and arboretum "father" Tom Fanslow will lead a small group through the arboretum sharing stories and pointing out various plant and animal community members. Space on this tour is limited to 15 people, so please sign up and reserve your space using CMLC's Online Hike Sign-Up Form. Additional information will be sent upon confirmation of your spot on the hike within 1-3 business days after requesting a spot. Reservations for a spot on this hike will be taken on a first-come, first-serve basis using:

CMLC's Online Hike Sign-Up Form


To read more about the Ironwood Square Community Arboretum, read the Stories of the Land article it's featured in or follow the Ironwood Square Community Arboretum page on Facebook by "liking" it.

For questions about this or other CMLC hikes, contact CMLC Community Outreach Associate Corinne Fretwell at corinne@carolinamountain.orgIn the event of inclement weather, please call our office at (828) 697-5777 to learn about a hike cancellation.




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.

Click here or on the cover above to read the full volume

In this issue:

  • Letter from the Executive Director and CMLC's Strategic Objectives
  • 2016 Additions of Protected Lands: 30,000 Acre Milestone
  • Annual Report and Thanks to our Donors
  • Yellow Lady Slipper Volunteer Award: Brenda Hillyer 
  • Get Involved with CMLC: Calendar of Events
  • ...and More!


As of early 2016, Pardee Hospital has become the proud sponsor of the White Squirrel Hiking Challenge, partnering with CMLC to both enhance the community through conservation and stewardship of the land and to raise awareness of the importance of healthy lifestyles. Through this partnership, CMLC hopes to provide to the Pardee community the opportunity to learn about the places everyone loves while giving them a fresh way to stay healthy as they hike the White Squirrel Hiking Challenge's 8 hikes. 

Thank you Pardee for your generosity. With your sponsorship of the White Squirrel Hiking Challenge, we will work together to create wonderful outcomes throughout the community.

Pardee Hospital is a non-for-profit community hospital founded in 1953 and is managed by UNC Health Care. The hospital is licensed for 222 acute care beds and has several locations separate from the main campus, including a comprehensive physician practice network, two urgent care locations, and five orthopedic clinics.

Pardee encourages everyone to take advantage of all that the region has to offer in terms of getting active, maintaining a healthy weight, and being well. For more information about Pardee Hospital, visit, or visit for assistance in finding a physician. 

Pardee Signature Care
800 North Justice Street - Hendersonville, NC 28791 - 828.692.4600

Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy enhances community through conservation and stewardship of the land. CMLC protects land and water resources vital to our quality of life in Henderson, Transylvania, and surrounding counties. Dedicated to saving the places you love, we work to permanently conserve and actively care for a regional network of farms, forests, parks, and natural lands among the Blue Ridge Mountains, Hickory Nut Gorge, and French Broad River Watershed. By working with landowners and partnering with local organizations, CMLC strives to continually better our community by safe-guarding clean drinking water, establishing new parks, protecting rare species, building public trails, preserving cultural history, and maintaining our mountain's natural scenic beauty.

Sign up for Pardee & CMLC White Squirrel Hiking Challenge 3 today! Also, be on the lookout for information about the exciting release of White Squirrel Hiking Challenge 4, to be formally announced soon and released in September 2016! If you have questions about the Hiking Challenge, please visit You can also call the office at 828-697-5777 or email Corinne Fretwell at


Ready to get outside and enjoy the warm weather, colorful flowers, and amazing views with CMLC? Check out our list of Spring and Summer guided hike opportunities! Keep an eye on our home page as hike descriptions and sign ups are posted or check back here to click on linked hikes below. 

Spring and Summer CMLC hikes:


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

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