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July 2020

Virtual Green Drinks – July

July 9 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

On Thursday, July 9th, Virtual Hendersonville Green Drinks continues with a presentation from Andy Tait, EcoForestry Director at EcoForesters. EcoForesters is a non-profit professional forestry organization dedicated to conserving and restoring our Appalachian forests. In his talk, Andrew will discuss how forests become degraded whether due to invasive pests, poor timber management, fire exclusion or climate change and how “forest stand improvement work” can make degraded forests healthier.

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Pandemics and Prejudice: How Can Democracy Survive in a Hotter Time?

July 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Creation Care Alliance is proud to co-sponsor, along with Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, this presentation by Dr. David Orr, Emeritus Professor of Environmental Studies & Politics at Oberlin College. Dr. Orr will be presenting a lecture about the moral imperative to restore our democracy as well as the urgency of environmental stewardship. Dr. Orr writes: "The COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing crisis of race in America are both an indictment and a preview of what's coming in a hotter, more divided world with vast economic inequities. Both are symptoms of the tragic failure of democratic institutions."

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Beer Series Cleanup with Catawba – Virtual

July 11

Join MountainTrue, the French Broad Riverkeeper and 98.1 The River for the first Riverkeeper Beer Series cleanup of the year. We are going virtual on July 11. Cleanup the French Broad River, your local creek, roadway, or neighborhood. Post your pics with the #catawbacleanup for a chance to win some great prizes from ENO!

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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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August 2020

Beer Series with the Wedge Brewing

August 1

Despite the unusual times we find ourselves in, there is still trash collecting in our river. We hope that as many folks as possible can help us clean up the French Broad, but know that we can't all be on the river together. We are offering a limited capacity in person clean up as well as a virtual clean up with the Wedge on August 1st. There are prizes from ENO for the most interesting finds for both virtual and in-person participants!

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Beer Series with Wicked Weed

August 22

Join MountainTrue, the French Broad Riverkeeper, Wicked Weed Brewing and 98.1 The River for the another Riverkeeper Beer Series cleanup. This will be a virtual cleanup, so make sure to post your pics with the #wickedweedcleanup for a chance to win some great prizes from ENO! Cleanup the French Broad River, your local creek, roadway, or neighborhood.

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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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October 2020

Fall Scenic Hike

October 17 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Pilot Cove Loop Trail
$5 – $15

Join MountainTrue's Ecologist and Public Lands Director, Bob Gale, for a gorgeous and educational hike through Pisgah National Forest. This hike offers breathtaking views of the fall foliage, and if we are lucky, we will catch glimpses of the Monarch Butterfly migration. We will be hiking the Pilot Cove Loop Trail in Pisgah, which is approximately 4 miles long. The trail starts in a lesser known part of Pisgah National Forest and winds upward among the brightly colored sourwood and black gum trees. After opening up onto a beautiful rocky outcrop, the trails travels through recently logged forested as well as much older sections of forest. There are some steep inclines on this trail, but Bob will be making frequent stops to rest and interpret the flora and fauna.

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November 2020

Whiterock Mountain Hike

November 1 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Bartram Trail at Jones Gap, 35°04'33.7"N 83°17'16.6"W
Sugarfork, NC
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$5 – $15

Join us for a hike on the Bartram Trail, one of North Carolina's premier long distance trails. We'll tackle a 4.6-mile lightly trafficked section near Highlands, NC that provides spectacular views into the Tessentee Valley of Macon County. On this stretch we'll summit Jones Knob and Whiterock Mountain. Though these peaks measure well below 5,000 feet in elevation, they are good examples of a spectacular geological feature found in our region: both are plutons, mountains comprised of erosion resistant rock sporting massive open cliff faces.

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