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April 2021

Solarize Asheville-Buncombe Launch Event

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

Solarize Asheville-Buncombe will kick off our long-awaited community-based group purchasing campaign to help local property owners access affordable solar power with a virtual launch event on April 7. The event will feature Vice-Mayor Sheneika Smith, Buncombe County Commission Chair Brownie Newman, local campaign organizers and others!

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Spring Headwaters & Wildflower Hike

April 9 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
$5 – $15

Join our MountainTrue Ecologist and Public Lands Director, Bob Gale, and Broad Riverkeeper, David Caldwell, as we explore two trails in the North Pacolet sub-basin, a tributary of the Broad River. David will discuss the value and concerns associated with headwater streams, while Bob informs us all about the flowers, plants, and animals we find there.

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Socially Distant Green River Spring Cleaning

April 10 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Join MountainTrue's Green Riverkeeper and Liquidlogic Co-founder Shane Benedict for the 11th Annual Green River Spring Cleaning! For obvious reasons, we'll need to take additional precautions to keep everyone safe and healthy this year, including wearing masks in parking lots and anytime you can't maintain 6 feet of distance, avoiding paddling in large groups, and shuttling with household groups. Check in at Fishtop Access (2302 Green River Cove Rd, Saluda, NC 28773) between 10 AM and 4 PM on Saturday, April 10 to pick up trash bags and get your coupon for a free beer from Catawba Brewing!

Join a small group or navigate the river on your own, grab as much trash along the way as you can safely, and return it to the dumpster at Fishtop. Use the hashtags #greenriverspringcleaning or #greenrivercleanup and tag Green Riverkeeper and Shane Benedict in your social media posts with photos of your haul. We'll judge the entries and send prizes to the best, biggest, weirdest, and most trash finds. Show us what you got! Pre-register here and select which section you would like to paddle to be assigned to a small group leader.

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PHHAT Workday

April 11 @ 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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Socially Distant Lake Adger Spring Cleaning

April 17 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

PLEASE NOTE: THIS EVENT WAS POSTPONED TO APRIL 17
Join MountainTrue's Green Riverkeeper for the Lake Adger Spring Cleaning! For obvious reasons, we'll need to take additional precautions to keep everyone safe and healthy this year, including wearing masks in parking lots and anytime you can't maintain 6 feet of distance. Head out on the lake at your convenience on Saturday, April 17, collect as much trash as you can, and deliver it to the NC Wildlife dump truck parked at Lake Adger Marina no later than 4:00 PM.

Use the hashtags #lakeadgerspringcleaning or #lakeadgercleanup and tag Green Riverkeeper in your social media posts with photos of your haul. We'll judge the entries and send prizes to the best, biggest, weirdest, and most trash finds. Show us what you got! Pre-register here so we can be in touch about coordinating efforts and get a coupon for a free beer from Hi-Wire brewing for participating!

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Canceled: Island Park Invasive Plant Volunteer Work Session

April 17 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO BAD WEATHER

MountainTrue has joined forces with the Tuckasegee River Alliance to help eradicate nonnative invasive plants at Island Park in Bryson City. Island Park - which is currently closed to the public pending storm damage repairs - is an island in the Tuckasegee River that hosts a beautiful riparian forest with some very large trees. However, infestations of non-native invasive plant species threaten native diversity, especially in terms of wildflowers and forest understory, creating the need for restoration work to bring the island back to its full splendor.

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PHHAT Workday

April 18 @ 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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Source Tracking in the French Broad: What is it, and what does it mean for our water quality?

April 20 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Webinar–online

Source tracking. What is it? Why are we doing it? How does it help fix the French Broad’s E. coli problem? Join Hartwell Carson, the French Broad Riverkeeper, and Dr. Joseph Craine, from Jonah Ventures, in a webinar-based discussion about analyzing water samples for DNA. Being able to see what’s in our waterway, will help us tackle E.coli issues in a much more targeted way. MountainTrue has been working on this with Jonah Ventures for the last several months and is ready to share our results and what they mean for the French Broad.

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Mud Creek Non-native Invasive Species Removal Volunteer Workday

April 21 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Mud Creek Campsite on the French Broad River

We will be promoting the growth of native species by removing non-native invasive plants, specifically Chinese privet, along a French Broad River Paddle Trail access campsite managed by MountainTrue. We will remove these plants through hand pulling or cutting them at their base and applying a small amount of herbicide to the cut surface.
Volunteers must be able to walk moderate distances across rough terrain. All tools and gloves will be provided. Plant ID and removal techniques will be taught on-site. You will get dirty, so make sure to wear appropriate clothing.

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Bearwallow CCA Spring Hike

April 22 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
$5

This easy-to-moderate trail climbs one mile through the lovely mountain forest and opens up onto a large grassy field at the top. This spectacular summit will be the site for some guided reflection before looping back down the mountain. MountainTrue's Ecologist & Public Lands Director, Bob Gale, will offer some ecological insights along the hike. Once we reach the top of the Mountain Creation Care Alliance director Scott Hardin-Nieri, will provide some spiritual context around caring for our ecological neighbors.

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