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November 2019

Plugged in Buncombe: Sustainability Advisory Committee on Energy and Environment

November 20 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Asheville Downtown Police Department, 4th Floor Conference Room, 100 Court Plaza, 4th Floor Conference Room
Asheville, NC 28801
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In an effort to encourage Buncombe County residents to get plugged into our local democracy, we want you to join us at advisory board or committee meetings. These meetings are designed to encourage residents’ input on specific community issues at the city and county level. Staff from our organizations regularly attend these meetings, but for the next three months we will serve as your guide to understanding and engaging with these committees. We will be available before the meetings for…

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December 2019

Bearwallow Contemplative Hike w/ CCA

December 4 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Bearwallow Mountain, 4854 Bearwallow Mountain Rd
Hendersonville, NC 28792
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Join us for a contemplative fall hike up Bearwallow mountain. This easy-to-moderate trail climbs one mile through lovely mountain forest, and opens up onto a large grassy field at the top. This spectacular summit will be the site for some guided reflection before looping back down the mountain. MountainTrue's Forest Keeper Coordinator, Rhys Burns, will offer some ecological insights along the hike, and Creation Care Alliance director Scott Hardin-Nieri will provide some spiritual context around caring for our ecological neighbors. We will hope to catch some fall colors, but the view is outstanding regardless. We will meet at the trailhead at 9:00 (after hopefully carpooling from town!) and get everyone back to town by noon. Please bring water (1L recommended), snacks, layers, sturdy shoes, and anything else needed to enjoy a lovely fall morning outside.

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HCO Paddle-n-Plant Workday

December 6 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
The Valle Crucis Community Park, 2892 Broadstone Road
Valle Crucis, NC 28604 United States
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The Watauga Riverkeeper and MountainTrue are combating sediment erosion in our local waterways. Sediment is a major polluter in our river basin, clogging fish and aquatic habitats, increasing water temperatures, and transporting toxic substances. We are helping to reduce the amount of sediment that flows into our rivers by planting live-stakes along eroding riverbanks. As these stakes grow into trees, they stabilize the sides of the rivers and creeks where we plant them and reduce the overall amount of sediment getting into the river. So, come hop in a boat and help us reduce erosion along our local rivers!

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Alexander River Park Public Workday

December 7 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Alexander River Park, 2590 Old Marshall Highway
Alexander, NC 28701
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Join Asheville GreenWorks, Mountain True and RiverLink for a restoration extravaganza! RSVP here We will start our service with an intro into the Alexander River Park's history, the benefits of several important native species found here and learn how to improve riparian buffer zones. Following the intro we will break into groups that will rotate through our four activities : River Cane Propagation, Invasive Removal, Tree Planting and Stream Cleanup. All tools, water and snacks will be provided -- Just…

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Hendersonville Green Drinks: The Plastic Reduction Task Force & the Trash Trout

December 12 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Black Bear Coffee, 318 N. Main St.
Hendersonville, NC 28792 United States
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Eric Bradford, Director of Operations with Asheville GreenWorks, will join us to discuss the issue of plastics and waste reduction efforts in WNC. Networking starts at 5:30pm and the presentation will begin at 6:00pm. Check back later for more details!  

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HCO Paddle-n-Plant Workday

December 13 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
The Valle Crucis Community Park, 2892 Broadstone Road
Valle Crucis, NC 28604 United States
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The Watauga Riverkeeper and MountainTrue are combating sediment erosion in our local waterways. Sediment is a major polluter in our river basin, clogging fish and aquatic habitats, increasing water temperatures, and transporting toxic substances. We are helping to reduce the amount of sediment that flows into our rivers by planting live-stakes along eroding riverbanks. As these stakes grow into trees, they stabilize the sides of the rivers and creeks where we plant them and reduce the overall amount of sediment getting into the river. So, come hop in a boat and help us reduce erosion along our local rivers!

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February 2020

Winter Tree ID Workshop

February 1, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
$5 – $15

Join us for a Winter Tree ID workshop on Saturday, February 1st. This workshop is aimed at beginners, so we'll start by covering basic vocabulary used in tree ID and various ID techniques with a workshop from Carrie Blair of Carrie's Tree School. Assuming good weather, we will move outside for the second half lead by MountainTrue's Public Lands Biologist, Josh Kelly, where we'll put what we've learned to the test. No materials are necessary, but please bring water, snacks, close-toed shoes and weather appropriate clothing.

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Creation Care Retreat

February 7, 2020 @ 12:30 pm - February 8, 2020 @ 6:00 pm
Montreat Conferrence Center, 401 Assembly Dr
Montreat, NC 28757
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$15 – $40

Designed with creation care volunteers and clergy in mind, this retreat allows you to spend a day with a theologian, a climate scientist, a forest biologist, and local colleagues and pastoral innovators. Whether you're new to creation care or a long-time advocate, you'll gain new language and tools to inspire your congregation to care for the environment, interwoven with space for rest, relationship, prayer and good food. 

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HCO Paddle-n-Plant Workday

February 9, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
The Valle Crucis Community Park, 2892 Broadstone Road
Valle Crucis, NC 28604 United States
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The Watauga Riverkeeper and MountainTrue are combating sediment erosion in our local waterways. Sediment is a major polluter in our river basin, clogging fish and aquatic habitats, increasing water temperatures, and transporting toxic substances. We are helping to reduce the amount of sediment that flows into our rivers by planting live-stakes along eroding riverbanks. As these stakes grow into trees, they stabilize the sides of the rivers and creeks where we plant them and reduce the overall amount of sediment getting into the river. So, come hop in a boat and help us reduce erosion along our local rivers!

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HCO Paddle-n-Plant Workday

February 16, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
The Valle Crucis Community Park, 2892 Broadstone Road
Valle Crucis, NC 28604 United States

The Watauga Riverkeeper and MountainTrue are combating sediment erosion in our local waterways. Sediment is a major polluter in our river basin, clogging fish and aquatic habitats, increasing water temperatures, and transporting toxic substances. We are helping to reduce the amount of sediment that flows into our rivers by planting live-stakes along eroding riverbanks. As these stakes grow into trees, they stabilize the sides of the rivers and creeks where we plant them and reduce the overall amount of sediment getting into the river. So, come hop in a boat and help us reduce erosion along our local rivers!

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