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May 2020

MountainTrue University – Urban Renewal

May 27 @ 11:30 am - 12:00 pm

In this weeks webinar, Chris Joyell, Director of the Asheville Design Center, will look back to the devastating redevelopment of AVL's African-American neighborhoods in the early 80s and the lasting impacts urban renewal has left on the community.

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Solar 101 with CCA & NCIPL

May 28 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Join NC Interfaith Power and Light, Mountaintrue and the Creation Care Alliance on Thursday, May 28 as momentum continues to build in Asheville area faith communities who are coming together to care for the rivers, air, forests and our neighbors in Western North Carolina. Learn from congregational stories, experts, and congregational and community leaders as we explore ways for faith communities to unleash the power of the sun

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June 2020

Forest Plan Info Session: Invasive Species

June 2 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

There are various plants, insects, and other invasive species that threaten the biodiversity and overall resilience of our forests. Join us on June 2, for a webinar during which Bob Gale, MountainTrue’s Public Lands Director and Ecologist, will look more closely at how the draft management plan for the Nantahala-Pisgah National Forests proposes to address and manage invasive species. Register to receive access to the webinar.

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Madison County 2020 BioBlitz

June 6 @ 8:00 am - June 20 @ 5:00 pm

Madison Natural Heritage and MountainTrue are hosting a virtual Madison County BioBlitz. The Madison County BioBlitz will run from June 6th-June 20th, and naturalists, kids, students, hunters, fishers, scholars and all area residents are invited to participate. This event is FREE. The goal of the BioBlitz is to gather as much information about the biodiversity of plants, animals and other species in the county as possible. County residents can explore their neighborhoods, nearby forests and open public lands to record their finds using the iNaturalist smartphone app or website…

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Forest Plan Panel Discussion: Recreation

June 16 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Join us for an online panel discussion via Zoom during which our staff and select guest speakers will explore issues of interest in the draft management plan for the Nantahala-Pisgah National Forests for recreation users such as mountain bikers, horseback riders, hikers, and paddlers. The speakers will discuss the plan alternatives and what they hope will end up in the final management plan. Please register in advance to submit questions for our panelists beforehand. We will also leave time during the session for live Q&A with the audience using the chat feature.

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July 2020

Moonlight Paddle on the Broad

July 3 @ 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Broad River Greenway Canoe Access, 126 Broad River Drive
Shelby, NC 28152
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$5 – $15

Have you ever paddled by the light of the moon? Join our Broad Riverkeeper for a Moonlight paddle on the Broad River. As we go, our Broad Riverkeeper will talk about the history of the Broad River and the work that he does to protect it. This section is flat water, so should be easy going. We'll meet at Lake Houser at 8:00pm to run a shuttle and plan on putting in at 8:45pm, right around sunset. From there we'll paddle about 4.5 miles of river, ending up at the Boiling Springs Greenway to take out around 11:30pm. We have some boats, paddles, and pfds that you can reserve in advance, but you're also welcome to bring your own gear! Children and dogs are allowed, but must be supervised by a parent or guardian at all times.

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Apalachia Lake Paddle

July 26 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Hiwassee Dam Recreational Facility, HIWASSEE DAM ACCESS Rd
Murphy, NC 28906
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$10 – $25

What better way to spend a hot Sunday afternoon than paddling on a beautiful mountain lake? For this 2-hour lake canoe outing, we will paddle Apalachia Lake which has very little private shoreline development and no commercial recreation facilities, making it very peaceful and perfect for paddling. Fishing and swimming are both options along the way, so bring your line if you'd like.

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French Broad Float 2020

July 28 - July 31
Hot Springs Campground, 315 Bridge Street
Hot Springs, NC 28743
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Our annual French Broad Float is back! Every year, MountainTrue and our French Broad Riverkeeper guide participants on an incredible trip down a stretch of the French Broad River, creating powerful memories of camping under the stars on the French Broad River Paddle Trail and exploring what can feel like uncharted territory right in our own backyards. Leave the hustle behind, and experience the joys of river travel while having your meals provided, your campfire built and your gear transported for you to your next campsite.

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September 2020

E-bike Tour of Downtown Asheville

September 26 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Flying Bike Tours, 225 Coxe Ave
Asheville, NC 28801
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$20 – $40

Last year, our own Chris Joyell, Director of the Asheville Design Center guided us on a walking tour of downtown Asheville. This year, we're touring Asheville on bikes. We're teaming up with Flying Bikes Tours to take out a fleet of electric bikes. We will still pass through downtown, where Chris will share his extensive knowledge about Asheville's urban core, including stories of how redlining has shaped our city and what the future could hold for Asheville. With the bikes, we will expand our range, pedaling through the River Arts District and the Southside, experiencing the highlights (and lowlights) of Asheville's bike infrastructure. We will stop frequently to hear from Chris about the history of development in these areas and what the future might look like in these places. 

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Western Regional Gathering

September 29 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Save the Date! In addition to this year's Annual Gathering in October, we will be hosting a Western Regional Gathering in the western part of our region. We hope that this event can be a place for MountainTrue members from our western region to celebrate our outstanding volunteers and advocates and connect with others who are passionate about protecting our region’s forests and rivers and creating healthier communities - without having to make the long drive to Asheville. More information…

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