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April 2020

Livestream Info Session on the Draft Nantahala-Pisgah Forest Plan

April 7 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

On April 7, MountainTrue will host a virtual presentation and discussion during which Josh Kelly, MountainTrue’s public lands biologist will present the organization’s analysis of the draft management plan and the environmental impact statement for the Nantahala-Pisgah National Forests. Please join us to share your own perspective on the draft plan and discuss your priorities with us.

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Sierra Club: Nantahala-Pisgah Forest Revision Plan

April 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville, 1 Edwin Place
Asheville, NC 28801 United States
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On April 9, Sam Evans, lawyer with the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) and Josh Kelly, public lands biologist with MountainTrue, will discuss the Nantahala-Pisgah Forest Revision Plan as released by the U.S. Forest Service on Feb. 14, 2020. The release of the plan initiates a 90-day public comment period. This meeting offers attendees the opportunity to submit comments after hearing Evans’ and Kelly’s presentation. Evans and Kelly will discuss the content of the Forest Revision Plan and will provide…

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May 2020

PHHAT Hemlock Treatment Workday

May 1 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Lower Green River Saluda, NC + Google Map

Join us for a day on the Lower Green River saving hemlocks. No Experience necessary. A limited number of boats and gear are available on a first come, first served basis. Dress to get wet and dirty and to stay warm. Long sleeves and pants required. Bring snacks, water, sunscreen, and anything else that will keep you comfortable. 

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PHHAT Hemlock Treatment Workday

May 3 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Lower Green River Saluda, NC + Google Map

Join us for a day on the Lower Green River saving hemlocks. No Experience necessary. A limited number of boats and gear are available on a first come, first served basis. Dress to get wet and dirty and to stay warm. Long sleeves and pants required. Bring snacks, water, sunscreen, and anything else that will keep you comfortable. 

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Public Policy Network Forest Plan presentation

May 3 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Sweetwater UMC, 108 Sweetwater Church Rd
Hayesville, NC 28904 United States
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Josh Kelly will be presenting to the Public Policy Network at their regular monthly meeting about the Draft Nantahala and Pisgah National Forest Management Plan and how the public can influence the final version. Come learn about the good and bad of the draft plan and how to write a powerful comment to improve the final version.

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Hendersonville Green Drinks

May 14 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Appalachian Coffee Co., 1628 5th Ave W
Laurel Park, NC 28739
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This month's Green Drinks features Lauren Pyle, the Executive Director of Environmental Educators of North Carolina (EENC). Lauren's talk will be titled Creating and Environmentally Literate Citizenry. More information on the speaker to come. Parking at Appalachian Coffee is limited, but overflow parking is available across the street at First Congregational Church. About Hendersonville Green Drinks Hendersonville Green Drinks is presented by MountainTrue, Conserving Carolina and Appalachian Coffee Co. Come to Green Drinks to learn more about current environmental issues,…

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Wildflower Day Hike

May 16 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center, 195 Hemphill Knob Rd
Asheville, NC 28803
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$5 – $15

Join us for a lovely 5.5-mile hike along the Mountains-to-Sea Trail at Rattlesnake Lodge. Our Public Lands Ecologist, Bob Gale will lead this hike and share with us his extensive knowledge of the flora and fauna of the region. This trail boasts more than thirty varieties of flowers, including dwarf larkspur, Jack-in-the-pulpit, and blue cohosh and this time of year is prime for spotting these wildflowers. If we're lucky, we will also see, or hear, a number of warblers, vireos, and other birds that have returned from their winter in Central and South America. The hike is moderate, and we will take frequent stops to investigate any birds, wildflowers or other items of interest that we find along the way!

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June 2020

Snorkeling on the Watauga

June 13 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
$10 – $20

Join MountainTrue's Watauga Riverkeeper, Andy Hill, and take the plunge to explore the unique ecosystems of the Watauga River. River snorkeling allows you an unparalleled viewpoint to explore all the nooks and crannies of your local river. By peeking under the water, you can find yourself swimming alongside darting fish or face-to-face with the tiny insect larvae that feed them. After years of fishing and protecting this river, no one is more qualified to show you the best places to look for underwater marvels than Andy. If you're lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of a Hellbender.

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Valley River Paddle

June 20 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Hargett River Access, 5628 Fairview Dr
Andrews, NC 28901
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$10 – $20

This 8-mile stretch will take us from Andrews to Murphy as we wind down the lesser-paddled Valley River. Although there is a highway paralleling the Valley River, the edges of the river are largely farm and forested land, making for a surprisingly cool and quiet trip. We will pass through a couple of river reaches restored by the Hiwassee River Watershed Coalition where we'll eddy out to talk about the habitat improvements made along the river.

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French Broad Float 2020

June 24 - June 26
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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