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April 2020

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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Forest Plan Info Session: Water Quality

April 28 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Join us to hear Callie Moore, MountainTrue’s Western Regional Director, present the organization’s analysis of specific water-related issues in the draft management plan for the Nantahala-Pisgah National Forests. Register to receive access to the webinar.

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May 2020

Public Policy Network Forest Plan presentation

May 3 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Public lands field biologist, Josh Kelly will be doing a live reprise of his April 7 webinar of MountainTrue's perspective on the draft Nantahala Pisgah Forest Management Plan for the Public Policy Network's regular May meeting. Also included will be tips and information about how the public can positively influence the final version.  The webinar is free of charge and you do not have to be a member of PPN to register for the webinar.

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MountainTrue University: The Importance of NEPA

May 6 @ 11:30 am - 12:00 pm

The National Environmental Policy Act, or NEPA, has received more press this year than ever amid legislative rollbacks at the federal level. Many organizations, MountainTrue included, have urged their members to contact their representatives and encourage them to protect NEPA. But what about this piece of legislation stands out?

In our first installment of MountainTrue University, our Western Regional Director, Callie Moore, will explain what NEPA is and why it's so important to the environmental movement. In her talk, Callie will provide case studies of how NEPA has helped us win environmental victories here in places like Fires Creek and Corridor K. She will also discuss how state environmental policy acts and the Freedom of Information Act support NEPA and our work protecting our local environment.

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MountainTrue University: Ancient Forests of the Blue Ridge

May 13 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 8:00 am - June 20 @ 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 @ 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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