40 Years of Victories Challenge

Complete the challenge and earn one of our commemorative 40 Year MountainTrue Merit Badges by honoring past victories and taking action to continue our legacy of success!

Here are the rules (in no particular order):

1) Visit one of the places listed below that represent significant MountainTrue victories. Take a picture of yourself in that place and send it to susan@mountaintrue.org along with a brief explanation of why that place matters to you.

2) Before the end of 2022, respond to at least three MountainTrue action alerts, thereby continuing our legacy of advocating to protect the places we share! Our current action alerts are listed below. 

Not sure where to start? Check out our staff examples below for some inspiration!


Significant Places

Rivers in the Southern Blue Ridge

Western North Carolina and North Georgia

In honor of our ongoing Clean Waters Program work across the region. MountainTrue tip: take a photo while you enjoy your favorite form of river recreation in any of the rivers that MountainTrue’s four riverkeepers and Clean Waters staff work to protect — check out MountainTrue’s Swim Guide results to see if the water is safe before you go!

Lake Julian

Arden, NC

In honor of MountainTrue’s fight for the Clean Smokestacks Act of 2002, as well as our fight to shut down the coal plant in 2020. MountainTrue tip: take a picture with the coal plant in the background! 

Panthertown Valley

Glenville, NC

In honor of the Jackson-Macon Conservation Alliance (JMCA), who helped form the Friends of Panthertown back in 2005. JMCA is one of MountainTrue’s three predecessor organizations.

Bluff Mountain

West Jefferson, NC

In honor of the Western North Carolina Conservation Alliance’s (WNCA) successful fight to prevent a timber harvest in this special place. WNCA is one of MountainTrue’s three predecessor organizations. 

Lake Chatuge

Hayesville, NC and Hiawassee, GA

In honor of the Hiwassee River Watershed Coalition’s (HRWC) Lake Chatuge Ecological Health Rating Improvement win. In 2019, HRWC merged with MountainTrue to become MountainTrue’s Western Regional Office

Town of Highlands

North Carolina

In honor of the country’s first BearWise certified community. MountainTrue tip: get a picture with one of the three BearWise Community signs. One is located in the parking lot for Sunset Rock on Main St./Horse Cove Rd. across from the Highlands Nature Center. 

Pedestrian Bridge at Jean Webb Park

Asheville, NC

In honor of the Asheville Design Center’s (ADC) Design Build Project in 2013. ADC is now MountainTrue’s Healthy Communities Program

Fires Creek Recreation Area

Hayesville, NC

In honor of HRWC and WNCA’s fights to protect this special place. 

Four Seasons Swamp on US 64

Hendersonville, NC

In honor of the successful fight by the Environmental and Conservation Organization (ECO) to protect this special place. ECO is one of MountainTrue’s three predecessor organizations. 

Lakeshore Tunnel

Bryson City, NC

In honor of HRWC’s Northshore Road Victory. 

Bee Hotel at UNCA

Asheville, NC

In honor of ADC’s Design Build Project, for which the bee hotel was built in 2016. 

Oklawaha Greenway

Hendersonville, NC

In honor of ECO’s work to establish and expand this greenway. 

Current Actions

Plastic-Free WNC

Plastic-Free WNC

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