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September 2020

2020 Fall Native Tree & Shrub Sale

September 21 @ 8:00 am - November 4 @ 5:00 pm
MountainTrue Western Regional Office, 90 Tennessee Street
Murphy, NC 28906 United States
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A key component to a healthy stream or lake and good water quality is native trees and shrubs. In order to raise awareness about the beautiful, resilient plants that are native to our Southern Appalachian Mountains and to provide a little funding for our ongoing invasive plant eradication efforts, we are again holding a Native Tree and Shrub Sale this fall. Choose from 36 species of native trees and shrubs, ranging from large shade trees, native ornamentals, pollinator species, and those particularly beneficial to wildlife.

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Paddle Raffle for 2020 Virtual Annual Gathering

September 22 @ 8:00 am - October 21 @ 5:00 pm

We are excited to announce a raffle drawing to raise important funds supporting the work and programs of MountainTrue. The raffle winner will have their choice of either of these handmade, one-of-a-kind, wooden paddles crafted by your Broad Riverkeeper, David Caldwell. The winner will be announced at our MountainTrue Virtual Annual Gathering on Wednesday October 21st. You can get one entry ticket for $10 or 3 tickets for $20. Enter today for your chance to win one of these beautiful paddles!

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October 2020

Virtual Hendersonville Green Drinks: DuPont Forest: A History

October 8 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

On Thursday October 8th, Virtual Hendersonville Green Drinks welcomes author Danny Bernstein to discuss her newest book DuPont Forest, A History. DuPont Forest protects thousands of acres of trees, five lakes and more than one hundred miles of multiuse trails. It took not only the generosity of a multinational company but also Southern Appalachian grit and self-reliance and local activism to make these benefits available to all. DuPont Forest is young, and its future is still unfolding. Author and hiker Danny Bernstein traces the past of DuPont State Recreational Forest and shows its potential. Sign up to get the Zoom link to access the webinar.

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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. Due to the pandemic, we are restricting group size for outings to 10 participants. Sign up today!
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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2020 Broad River Race Day

October 18 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Lake Houser, 1350 Lake Houser Rd
Mooresboro, NC 28114 United States
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Join us for the 2nd annual Broad River Race Day! We welcome folks to race at their own pace, and enjoy these 5 miles on the most beautiful stretch of the Broad River. Remember, the hare may not always out run the tortoise! We will meet at the Lake Houser put in at 1:00 sharp to drop off boats. Due to covid-19, you must have your own shuttle arrangements to get back to the starting line this year. There is a $5 parking fee at Lake Houser and at the Greenway.

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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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Lake Chatuge Shoreline Cleanup

November 7 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am

WRO will host the 11th Annual Lake Chatuge Shoreline Cleanup, in conjunction with Georgia Rivers Alive! The event will kick off at the Towns County Swim Beach Pavilion at 9:00 AM with breakfast and coffee. Volunteer coordinators will lead teams of 5-10 to designated trash sites along the shores of Lake Chatuge and we’ll meet back at the swim beach pavilion at 11:30 for prizes. The first 100 volunteers to sign-in will receive a free Rivers Alive t-shirt.

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