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MT Raleigh Report — The Beginning of the End of the 2023 Session
The arrival of spring means that things are heating up in Raleigh, as the General Assembly begins what lawmakers hope will be the beginning of the end of the 2023 legislative session. Legislators have already cleared several important hurdles on their way to...
MountainTrue’s May 2023 E-Newsletter
May news from MountainTrue’s four regional offices in the Southern Blue Ridge. Read the blog version of our monthly e-newsletter!
Will Johnson Wins Top 2023 Carson Conservation Scholarship Award
The top Glenn F. Carson, II Memorial Conservation Scholarship award winner for 2023 is Cherokee County resident and 2023 Murphy High graduate Will Johnson (pictured above). Will has been All-Conference in both football and track in addition to being an active member...
Protecting the French Broad Together
I'm your French Broad Riverkeeper, Hartwell Carson, and I want to tell you why it’s going to take all of us working together to clean up the French Broad River. Let me introduce you to Jim Clark (pictured below with MountainTrue's French Broad Watershed Science...
2023 Holman Water Quality Award Winner: Mayor Andrea Gibby and the City of Young Harris, GA
Mayor Andrea Gibby, the recipient of the 2023 Holman Water Quality Stewardship Award. Mayor Andrea Gibby and the City of Young Harris, Georgia, received the 2023 Holman Water Quality Stewardship Award at MountainTrue's 15th Annual Hiwassee Watershed Gala in the...
Riverkeeper Float Fest 2023
2023Riverkeeper Float FestSaturday, June 24. Sponsored by Appalachian Mountain Brewery and hosted by River & Earth Adventures. About the eventThis family-friendly event will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at River & Earth Adventures' New River Outpost...
MT Raleigh Report – Going Back to Raleigh
Some of MountainTrue’s most important work is accomplished Raleigh, where we maintain a year-round advocacy effort aimed at protecting and preserving Western North Carolina’s natural resources. As part of this effort, five MountainTrue staff traveled to the North...
A Plastic Bag Ban with a 10¢ Fee Is Best for the Environment with Limited Cost to Consumers
A Plastic Bag ban would dramatically decrease emissions of greenhouse gasses and sulfur dioxide, and the consumption of fossil fuels and fresh water at an annual cost of $3.33 per consumer — EBT, SNAP, and WIC recipients would be exempt. Using environmental impact data provided by the American Chemistry Council — a group that lobbies and advocates on behalf of plastic bag manufacturers and the petrochemical industry — MountainTrue has calculated the environmental impacts of three scenarios: maintaining the status quo by doing nothing, adopting a plastic bag ban without a fee, and adopting a plastic bag ban that includes a 10-cent fee on paper bags.
MountainTrue’s Statement on the Nantahala-Pisgah Forest Plan
The final Nantahala Pisgah Forest Plan will go into effect on March 20, 2023. The following is a statement from MountainTrue: On March 20, after 10 years of public input and planning, the Forest Service will adopt its new management plan for the Nantahala-Pisgah National Forests — a disappointing document that is significantly worse than the current plan and contradicts an executive order issued by President Biden that would protect and expand our nation’s old growth forests …
Helping A Member Save the Trees of the Asheville Muni Golf Course
On Saturday, December 3rd, 2022, I got an email from Nancy Casey, a MountainTrue member, about a proposal to cut 157 trees from the Asheville Municipal Golf Course. ancy Casey is a resident of the Beverly Hills neighborhood and is active with the Blue Ridge Audubon. Nancy frequently walks and birds around the golf course. She can tell you what birds to expect at various times of the year at each hole and has documented some rare species, like brown-headed nuthatch and pine siskins, using the trees on the course, and knows where the local hawks nest there.
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