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May 2020

MountainTrue University: Ancient Forests of the Blue Ridge

May 13, 2020 @ 11:30 am - 12:00 pm

Next up from MountainTrue University: Ancient Forests of the Blue Ridge with our Public Lands Biologist, Josh Kelly. In his talk, Josh will focus on our Old-Growth Forests, starting with the basics of what makes a forest "old-growth" to where you can find them in WNC. Then, Josh will discuss the role of old-growth in our forest ecosystems and the prospects for landscape-scale restoration.

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Forest Plan Info Session: Management Areas

May 19, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Join us to hear Josh Kelly, MountainTrue’s Western Field Biologist, examine the various types of management areas proposed within the draft management plan and environmental impact statement for the Nantahala-Pisgah National Forests. Allocation of these areas determines what types of activities can happen in various parts of the forest. Register to receive access to the webinar.

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MountainTrue University: Top Native Alternatives

May 20, 2020 @ 11:30 am - 12:00 pm

For this week's MountainTrue University, we here from Tony Ward our Western Regional Program Coordinator. In his talk "Native Alternative to the Top Ten Least Wanted Plants", Tony will review our top ten least wanted and widespread nonnative invasive plants along with recommendations for native alternatives to replace them. This is a great place to start if you want to learn more about the damage invasive plants can do to our ecosystem and some of the native plants that you can plant instead.

MountainTrue University is a weekly speaker series where we connect with our community to share our knowledge on a variety of environmental topics. When you register, you'll receive the link to join the Zoom webinar. The recordings will be available the day after on our website.

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June 2020

Forest Plan Info Session: Invasive Species

June 2, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

There are various plants, insects, and other invasive species that threaten the biodiversity and overall resilience of our forests. Join us on June 2, for a webinar during which Bob Gale, MountainTrue’s Public Lands Director and Ecologist, will look more closely at how the draft management plan for the Nantahala-Pisgah National Forests proposes to address and manage invasive species. Register to receive access to the webinar.

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Madison County 2020 BioBlitz

June 6, 2020 @ 8:00 am - June 20, 2020 @ 5:00 pm

Madison Natural Heritage and MountainTrue are hosting a virtual Madison County BioBlitz. The Madison County BioBlitz will run from June 6th-June 20th, and naturalists, kids, students, hunters, fishers, scholars and all area residents are invited to participate. This event is FREE. The goal of the BioBlitz is to gather as much information about the biodiversity of plants, animals and other species in the county as possible. County residents can explore their neighborhoods, nearby forests and open public lands to record their finds using the iNaturalist smartphone app or website…

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Forest Plan Panel Discussion: Recreation

June 16, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Join us for an online panel discussion via Zoom during which our staff and select guest speakers will explore issues of interest in the draft management plan for the Nantahala-Pisgah National Forests for recreation users such as mountain bikers, horseback riders, hikers, and paddlers. The speakers will discuss the plan alternatives and what they hope will end up in the final management plan. Please register in advance to submit questions for our panelists beforehand. We will also leave time during the session for live Q&A with the audience using the chat feature.

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October 2020

Fall Scenic Hike

October 17, 2020 @ 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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January 2021

Virtual Winter Tree ID Workshop

January 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join MountainTrue's very own Public Lands Field Biologist, Josh Kelly for our Winter Tree ID workshop on January, 19th from 12 pm - 1 pm. This class will be an online format and cover the basics of tree identification in the Southern Appalachians. We will cover the terms and concepts you will need to successfully identify trees in our area no matter your experience level! The class will include a presentation and time for questions and answers.

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March 2021

Winter Tree ID Workshop Hike

March 6 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
$10 – $20

Join MountainTrue's very own Public Lands Field Biologist, Josh Kelly for our Winter Tree ID Workshop Hike at Big Laurel Creek Trail. During this hike, we will discuss the different ways that you can identify trees in your area. This hike is open to all skill levels of aspiring tree identifiers so we hope to see you there!

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June 2021

High Elevation In-Person BioBlitz in Jackson County

June 6 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Richland Balsam Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway, Richland Balsam Overlook
Canton, 28716

Join us and some great local naturalists for an in person high elevation BioBlitz event for Jackson County! This year, we are having a friendly regional competition. Here in the Western Region, Jackson County will compete against Watauga and Transylvania counties to determine the 2021 champion of biodiversity! Advanced registration is required to participate in this in person event.

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