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April 2021

Earth Day Clean Up Challenge 2021

April 7 @ 8:00 am - April 30 @ 8:00 pm

Challenge yourself to clean up trash at a local park, roadside, or streamside area in need. Share your before and after clean-up photos on Facebook and Instagram by tagging @mtntrue with the hashtag #MTEarthDayChallenge. The person in each of our four MountainTrue regions who collects the most trash in the photo shared with us will win a prize announced at 7 pm on 5/4. During this time we encourage you to collect trash individually, or with your household members.

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PHHAT Workday

April 23 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Fishtop Access, Green River Cove
Saluda, North Carolina 28773
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Join the Paddlers Hemlock Health Action Taskforce (PHHAT) as we work to protect hemlock trees along the Green River from the deadly woolly adelgid. PHHAT works in areas only accessible by boat in the Green River Game Lands. Treatment areas will be selected based on need, conditions, and paddling experience of crew members and may involve Class II up to Class V whitewater.

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PHHAT Workday

April 25 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Fishtop Access, Green River Cove
Saluda, North Carolina 28773
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Join the Paddlers Hemlock Health Action Taskforce (PHHAT) as we work to protect hemlock trees along the Green River from the deadly woolly adelgid. PHHAT works in areas only accessible by boat in the Green River Game Lands. Treatment areas will be selected based on need, conditions, and paddling experience of crew members and may involve Class II up to Class V whitewater.

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Earth Day Vigil

April 25 @ 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm

Although we are unable to gather in person this year, we are excited to host a virtual Earth Day Vigil over Zoom in celebration of Earth Day! The vigil will be focused on the idea of loving people and place and will include readings, prayers, songs, and information about creation care from speakers from throughout Western North Carolina. The vigil will run from 6-7:15 pm and will include regional breakout rooms that will begin directly after the Vigil ends.

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May 2021

High Country Wildflower Hike

May 7 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
$10 – $20

Join MountainTrue's Public Lands Field Biologist, Josh Kelly, as he leads us on a hike to explore the wildflowers found in Elk Knob State Park. The hike is on the Summit trail, a moderate, 4-mile out and back trail, that offers spectacular views of Mount Jefferson, Grandfather Mountain, Mount Mitchell, and more!

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Lower Green River Inflatable Kayak Trip

May 7 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
$20 – $40

Join our Green Riverkeeper for a trip down the Lower Green River! This section is perfect for anyone looking for a casual Class I-II whitewater rapid experience. We'll equip each paddler with safety gear and your own inflatable kayak. The trip covers approximately 5 miles over 4 hours. Must be 12 yrs of Age or older to participate. Minors must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

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Getting Around Car-Free: Strive Not To Drive Webinar

May 13 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
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MountainTrue and AARP, in cooperation with partners of Strive Not to Drive, will be hosting a webinar on May 13 at 12:30pm to highlight some alternative modes of getting around town. The program will cover three main topic areas: transit, streets & sidewalks (make-overs to complete streets), and greenways. To cover each topic we will show a couple of short videos highlighting a local user of that mode of transport talking about how and why they use it, followed by Q&A with the audience and expert guests. Register to join us!

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MTU Climate Series: Climate Change in our Mountains and Strategies for Mitigation and Adaptation

May 20 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join us for the next session in MountainTrue’s Climate Series! During this session, we will hear from MountainTrue's very own Ecologist and Public Lands Director, Bob Gale, and from Field Biologist, Josh Kelly. Bob and Josh will provide an overview of the likely effects of global climate change on the people and ecosystems of the Blue Ridge Mountains and discuss the adaptation and mitigation strategies needed to maintain the resilience of our mountain home.

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Spring Tree ID Hike

May 22 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
$10 – $20

Join Tony Ward, MountainTrue's Western Region Program Coordinator, on Saturday, May 22 at 10 am for a 1.2-mile loop trail hike through an upland forest area of Meeks Park in Union County, Georgia! Although this hike is considered easy, there will be 150 feet of elevation gain from the starting point at a bridge crossing Butternut Creek to the highest point of the hike. This trail features a wide variety of native trees perfect for identification. During this hike, Tony will discuss how to identify trees in our area in a way that is accessible to all skill levels of tree identifiers.

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Building Our City with Heather Worthington

May 26 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Consider this: It is illegal on 75 percent of the residential land in many American cities to build anything other than a detached single-family home. Single-family zoning has recently come under scrutiny as cities grapple with a dire shortage of affordable housing. Often single-family zoning stands as the only impediment to denser, multi-family developments in “traditional” neighborhoods. Planners are now beginning to ask whether removing single-family zoning is essential in order to address our current affordable housing crisis. Join us for a virtual presentation with Heather Worthington, where she will examine the efforts that led to a seismic shift in Minneapolis zoning, as well as the challenges that remain.

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