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Brevard High School Senior Hannah Field has been awarded CMLC's Ruth Jones Memorial Scholarship of 2016!

While attending Brevard High School, Hannah was heavily involved in both her school and the community. "Service projects, clubs, and volunteer opportunities of all shapes and sizes," Hannah wrote in her application, "have all been important factors in allowing me to become a productive member of my community." As club president, member of the Student Council, participant in volunteer and leadership roles, and competitor in a variety of competitions during her high school years, Hannah has had a true impact on both her school and the community. Hannah is also a Transylvania Scholar and in the top 10 students of her class thanks to her dedication and high grades.

The awarded $1,500 will aid Hannah in her journey through college and pursuit of a career. She intends to attend Appalachian State University this Fall to pursue an undergraduate degree in Geology or a double-major in Geology and Sustainable Development (with a concentration in Environmental Studies). In the future, Hannah hopes to become involved in research dealing with the efficient recovery and conservation of geologic resources, as well as the economic impacts that these methods have on society. 

Good luck, Hannah!


The Ruth Jones Scholarship was established in 2015 by CMLC in honor of life-long Transylvania County resident and Brevard High School graduate Ruth Elaine Jones.

Jones passed away in June 2011, leaving us suddenly—and far too early—at the age of 56. Ruth will be missed, but her legacy—and embodiment of her values—will forever live on. Bequeathing her estate to CMLC, the local land trust ensured the permanent protection of the rural character and natural beauty of her Cedar Mountain farm via a conservation easement in 2014.

“Ruth devoted her life to her church, her community, her friends, and her parents, never asking for or expecting anything in return,” said Brevard resident Mark Tooley, Ruth’s friend. “She always had a smile on her face.”

CMLC also created the Ruth Jones Scholarship in dedication to her love of the outdoors, her appreciation of the natural world, and her career in giving to her community and helping to educate others.

The purpose of the scholarship is to provide financial assistance to selected individuals attending an accredited university, college, or technical college, who wish to pursue a four-year degree in health or environmental sciences, including but not limited to: biology, environmental science, health education, pre-medicine, nursing, agriculture, forestry, natural resource conservation, or wildlife science.

The award shall emphasize academic achievement but will also include participation in extra-curricular activities and community service that exemplify Ruth’s service to others.  Applicants must also show a demonstrated desire to continue educational pursuits in one of the fields listed above.

The Ruth Jones scholarships awarded through this program are intended to benefit bona fide residents of Transylvania County and graduates of Brevard High School.


Join CMLC and Pardee in this special edition guided Hiking Challenge 3 hike! We will be celebrating Pardee's sponsorship of the White Squirrel Hiking Challenge with a presentation from special Pardee guests Sarah Philipp and Chelsea Darley.

Sarah Philipp is an Athletic Trainer with Pardee Sports Medicine and will be talking with participants about the importance of using hiking poles when trail walking. Pardee Signature Care Center coordinator Chelsea Darley will be providing information on the Heels in Motion community walking program she introduced in January of 2016. Both are natives of western North Carolina and are eager to share their love of the outdoors with others! We are excited to welcome such wonderful guests on this incredibly rewarding hike.

Trombatore trail is a strenuous 5.0 mile out-and-back journey, during which hikers will descend into and out of a rich cove forest on the way to the panoramic summit of Blue Ridge Pastures. This hike has steep uphill climbs and downhill runs in both directions, and features a total elevation gain of 1200 feet

Participants are required to be in reasonable physical condition and capable of completing a four mile hike over uneven, forested terrain. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate pets on this hike. Hikers should wear sturdy walking shoes (no flip-flops), bring several layers of clothing in preparation for changing warm and cold temperatures, pack plenty of water as well as a snack/lunch to eat during the hike. Hikers who attend are required to participate in the entire duration of the hike. Hikers must be age 12 and up.

Space is limited on our hikes, so please reserve your spot today by using CMLC's Online Hike Sign-Up FormHike meeting locations, times, and additional details will be sent through email upon confirmation of your spot on the hike. 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

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.

 

 


Come get your hands dirty and help Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy and REI Asheville for a post-National Trails Day event on Saturday, June 11th!

Help finish the Little Bearwallow Trail, the newest segment of the Upper Hickory Nut Gorge Trail loop connecting conserved lands in Gerton, NC. Spend a fun day in the woods while constructing one of the region's newest and most exciting hiking trail systems. The new trail is a segment of the developing 20-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 20 volunteers. Ages 12 and up are welcome (under 18 with supervision). Workday will last from 9:00AM - 2:30PM. 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.

Click here to register for REI Asheville's post-National Trails Day with CMLC!

For questions, contact CMLC Trails and Outreach Coordinator Peter Barr at peter@carolinamountain.org or 828-697-5777 ext. 215.


EXTENDED Application Deadline is June 30, 2016

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 Host Sites Still Accepting Applications

Appalachian Voices

Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy

Environmental Quality Institute (EQI)

Foothills Equestrian Nature Center (FENCE)

Hemlock Restoration Initiative of WNC Communities

Polk County Office of Agricultural Economic Development

Polk County Recreation Department

Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy

Eligibility

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

Compensation

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.

For more information:

Please see www.americorpsprojectconserve.org for detailed service descriptions for each position and the application form / instructions.  Extended Application deadline is June 30, 2016.   Please contact Amy Stout, AmeriCorps Project Conserve Program Director, with any questions at (828) 698-0674, ext. 133 or projectconserve@carolinamountain.org.


In April 2016, Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy (CMLC) and the Polk County Community Foundation (PCCF) closed on the purchase of 586 acres along the Green River near Mill Spring for $1.75 million.  The property was purchased from Green River Cooper Properties, LLC, a Charlotte-based real estate investment company, which bought the tract from HomeTrust Bank in 2014.  A residential subdivision had been planned for the property prior to the recession of 2008-2009.

The 586-acre property is separated into two tracts – a 155-acre tract located upstream of South Wilson Hill Road and a 431-acre tract located downstream of South Wilson Hill Road.  Polk County Community Foundation purchased the larger tract, as reported in the Tryon Daily Bulletin on May 24th. This purchase by PCCF, through its subsidiary Community Green LLC, provided the majority of funding to enable the overall acquisition.  CMLC retains ownership of the 155-acre tract.  The organizations will work together to conserve and manage the property and plan for potential future public access and use.  They anticipate reaching out to other local organizations that might have interest in the stewardship and recreational use of the property.  Until further notice, the tracts will remain closed to public use.

According to PCCF president and CEO Elizabeth Nager, "We are grateful to CMLC for arranging to acquire the smaller tract for its purposes because this enabled our entity to acquire the large tract for the long term benefit of our Polk County community.”

Funding for CMLC’s purchase of the smaller tract was provided by a $225,000 gift from Fred and Alice Stanback of Salisbury, NC and a $225,000 loan from the Conservation Trust for North Carolina. 

Combined, the tracts contain over three miles of frontage along the Green River.  The tracts are almost entirely forested and contain south-facing bluffs that rise steeply up from the riverfront.  The property is home to healthy and intact populations of hemlocks, which have been extensively impacted elsewhere across western North Carolina by the hemlock woolly adelgid.

“Some have said this land is remote, “says CMLC Land Protection Director Tom Fanslow.  “By making this purchase today, we are trying to anticipate future needs for open land and recreation.  With just over 3 miles of frontage on the Green River, we couldn’t let this one slip by.”

CMLC has entered into a management agreement with Community Green LLC (CGLLC) under which it has assumed responsibility for managing CGLLC’s land.  CMLC will control unpermitted use of the property, manage its natural resources, and work with community groups to arrange for permitted use and access consistent with the goals of stewardship, conservation and compatible recreation.  Under the series of recent absentee owners, informal public use of the property has taken place.  CMLC seeks to establish contact with such users and to enlist the cooperation of parties interested in helping to monitor and manage the tract.

Established in 1989, the Pacolet Area Conservancy (PAC) has worked in Polk County to protect and conserve natural resources with emphasis on the lands and waterways with scenic, ecological, and agricultural significance in the North Pacolet and Green River watersheds.  The organization has protected nearly 8,700 acres to date.

As a local land trust that has long served Polk County, PAC has offered its assistance to CMLC in carrying out the management of the newly-protected Green River land.  The two organizations will work closely together to inventory the property’s natural resources and plan for future guided hikes and outings. 

“We are thrilled that these important natural resource areas—which create a riparian buffer and watershed protection for the Green River and provide important habitat for our native flora and fauna—have been forever protected, and we’re equally excited to work with CMLC in stewarding this land and providing more valued recreational opportunities in Polk County,” states PAC’s director of stewardship and land protection, Pam Torlina.


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 laura@carolinamountain.org 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.

Eligibility

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

Compensation

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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.

 

 


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