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April 2020

Earth Day Clean up Challenge

April 22

Challenge yourself to clean up trash at a local Western North Carolina area in need such as a river or stream bank, greenway trail, or even just a roadside in your neighborhood. Share your before and after clean up photos on Facebook and Instagram by tagging @mtntrue with the hashtag #MTEarthDayChallenge. The person who collects the most trash in the photo shared with us will win a prize announced at 7pm on 4/22. During this time we encourage you to collect trash individually, or with your family. *To be eligible for the prize, participants must be registered on the online signup form*

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May 2020

Public Policy Network Forest Plan presentation

May 3 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Sweetwater UMC, 108 Sweetwater Church Rd
Hayesville, NC 28904 United States
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Josh Kelly will be presenting to the Public Policy Network at their regular monthly meeting about the Draft Nantahala and Pisgah National Forest Management Plan and how the public can influence the final version. Come learn about the good and bad of the draft plan and how to write a powerful comment to improve the final version.

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June 2020

Valley River Paddle

June 20 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Hargett River Access, 5628 Fairview Dr
Andrews, NC 28901
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$10 – $20

This 8-mile stretch will take us from Andrews to Murphy as we wind down the lesser-paddled Valley River. Although there is a highway paralleling the Valley River, the edges of the river are largely farm and forested land, making for a surprisingly cool and quiet trip. We will pass through a couple of river reaches restored by the Hiwassee River Watershed Coalition where we'll eddy out to talk about the habitat improvements made along the river.

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July 2020

Apalachia Lake Paddle

July 26 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Hiwassee Dam Recreational Facility, HIWASSEE DAM ACCESS Rd
Murphy, NC 28906
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$10 – $25

What better way to spend a hot Sunday afternoon than paddling on a beautiful mountain lake? For this 2-hour lake canoe outing, we will paddle Apalachia Lake which has very little private shoreline development and no commercial recreation facilities, making it very peaceful and perfect for paddling. Fishing and swimming are both options along the way, so bring your line if you'd like.

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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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