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A Big Thank You to Our Biomonitoring Volunteers!

MountainTrue wants to thank all the dedicated volunteers who have helped make this another successful year for our biomonitoring programing. Our nine teams of volunteers sampled 21 sites throughout Henderson County, and you can expect the results of this testing in the coming weeks.

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Three Local Events For Climate Action

This December, world leaders will meet in Paris to hammer out a new climate agreement. As part of a global movement, hundreds of thousands of people in cities and towns around the world will gather and participate in events to send Paris a clear message: Now is the time to take bold action on climate change!

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MountainTrue and Sierra Club Respond to Duke Energy’s Revised ‘Modernization’ Project

Duke Energy today announced a dramatic reconfiguration to their Carolinas Modernization Project, scrapping a proposed 40-mile transmission line that would have cut through the counties of Buncombe, Henderson and Polk in North Carolina and Spartanburg in South Carolina; eliminating a new substation in Campobello, S.C.; and reducing the size of a proposed new natural gas plant slated to replace the current coal-fired plant at Lake Julian outside of Asheville.

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‘Protect Our Land’ Picnic Draws Crowds; Residents Say Duke Can Do Better

As many as 200 residents of Western North Carolina and Upstate South Carolina gathered for the Protect Our Land Picnic on Sunday, October 18 at the Historic Henderson County Courthouse in downtown Hendersonville. It was a cold day, but the community was out in force to voice their concerns about Duke Energy’s proposed Western Carolinas “Modernization” plan.

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MountainTrue Awards Recipients Announced

On Thursday October 8, MountainTrue announced the winners of the MountainTrue Awards, which are presented each year at the organization’s Annual Member and Supporter Gathering. For 2015, the event was held at Hi-Wire Brewing’s Big Top location. Award honorees are recognized for their hard work and dedication to protecting our forests, mountains, rivers and streams, and to promoting clean energy and sustainability.

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Environmental advocates and community groups respond to Duke Energy’s review of its ‘Western Carolinas Modernization’ project’

Duke Energy today announced delay its plans and reconsider its options to its originally proposed Western Carolinas Modernization project, which includes a new natural gas-powered station at Lake Julian, “foothill” transmission lines and a new substation in Campobello, S.C. Below are statements on behalf of Julie Mayfield, co-director of MountainTrue, and Kelly Martin, senior campaign representative for Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign in North Carolina.

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Western North Carolina is blessed with more than 1.5 million acres of public land, including Nantahala-Pisgah National Forest, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Blue Ridge Parkway and several state-owned parks, forests and natural areas. These public lands support the headwaters of our rivers, beautiful mountain vistas, one of the most diverse temperate forests on the planet, and a thriving economy in tourism, crafts and recreation.
During its 30-year history, WNCA (now MountainTrue) has twice prevented logging in the Asheville Watershed, first in 1990 and again in 2004. Eventually the City of Asheville placed a conservation easement over 17,356 acres of the watershed.