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November 2020

MountainTrue University: Fish Tissue Sampling Project

November 9, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join us on November 9th for an informative discussion between MountainTrue's High Country Water Quality Administrator Hannah Woodburn and Broad Riverkeeper David Calwell. They will be talking about their ongoing studies focusing on the levels of heavy metal pollution in fish tissues. Through this study, they hope to better understand the impacts of anthropogenic pollution and raise awareness for affected communities.

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Building Our City: How Accessory Dwelling Units Can Meet Housing Needs

November 10, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Webinar–online
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In partnership with AARP NC, Building Our City is excited to present this virtual tour of accessory dwelling units titled: Much Ado About ADUs. What is an Accessory Dwelling? Although many people have never heard the term, the greater Asheville area is speckled with examples of these creative ways to foster aging in place. Learn more about the concept and explore examples in our community at this virtual tour.

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Virtual Hendersonville Green Drinks November

November 12, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Webinar–online

Join us on November 12th at 6 pm as we hear from MountainTrue's French Broad River Keeper Hartwell Carson about the many issues plaguing the French Broad River and what is being done to combat them.
The French Broad, like so many American rivers, was grossly polluted before the passage of the Clean Water Act in 1972. Since the passage of the act, the river has rebounded and now supports a thriving recreation community, but there are still a lot of threats to the river. Recently the water quality has been getting worse. Many sites that the French Broad Riverkeeper monitors for E. coli, failed over 80% of the time during the summer of 2020. We can and need to do more to make sure we finally meet the goals of the Clean Water Act, providing fishable and swimmable river access to all.

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Elk Knob Hike

November 13, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Join MountainTrue in our last-ditch effort to get outside before winter arrives and we're stuck inside! This hike will be led by MountainTrue's Ecologist and Public Lands Director, Bob Gale. The hike is on the Summit Trail, a 4-mile out and back trail, that offers spectacular views of Mount Jefferson, Grandfather Mountain, Mount Mitchell, and more!

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Live Staking Workday

November 14, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

The Watauga Riverkeeper and MountainTrue are combating sediment erosion in our local waterways. Sediment is a major polluter in our river basin, clogging fish and aquatic habitats, increasing water temperatures, and transporting toxic substances. We are helping to reduce the amount of sediment that flows into our rivers by planting live-stakes along eroding riverbanks. As these stakes grow into trees, they stabilize the sides of the rivers and creeks where we plant them and reduce the overall amount of sediment getting into the river.

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December 2020

Virtual Hendersonville Green Drinks: Recycling – What Can and Can’t be Recycled, and Why!

December 10, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

On Thursday, December 10th, Virtual Hendersonville Green Drinks welcomes Christine Wittmeier the Environmental Programs Coordinator for Henderson County. Christine will be discussing the ins and outs of recycling in your area.

Do you know what you should be recycling at home? Recycling contamination and "wishful recycling" are big problems for local recycling partners and can put recycling in your community at risk. Join Henderson County Environmental Programs as we discuss the state of recycling in our area. You will leave with an understanding of what can/can’t be recycled, why some items are not recyclable, and where to bring your hard to recycle items. 

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Live Staking Workday

December 11, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm

The Watauga Riverkeeper and MountainTrue are combating sediment erosion in our local waterways. Sediment is a major polluter in our river basin, clogging fish and aquatic habitats, increasing water temperatures, and transporting toxic substances. We are helping to reduce the amount of sediment that flows into our rivers by planting live-stakes along eroding riverbanks. As these stakes grow into trees, they stabilize the sides of the rivers and creeks where we plant them and reduce the overall amount of sediment getting into the river. So, come help us reduce erosion along our local rivers!

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Island Park Invasive Plant Volunteer Work Sessions

December 12, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

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.

Volunteer work sessions are being scheduled to start the work of eradicating these non-native invasive pest plants. There are three opportunities this fall to participate in. Advance registration is required. There will be two workshop sessions on Wednesday, November 11th, a morning session from 9 am to noon, or an afternoon session from 1 to 4 pm. A third workday is planned for December 12, from 11 am to 2 pm. Each work session is limited to 15 participants.

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January 2021

MountainTrue University: Restoring Island Park

January 12 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join us on January 12th at 1 pm to hear from Tony Ward, MountainTrue’s Western Region Program Coordinator discusses his role in the Bryson City Island Park Project. The project is a partnership between the town of Bryson City, Tuckaseegee River Alliance, and MountainTrue.

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*NOTE NEW DATE: JAN 16* Give your Christmas Tree, Lights & Holiday Cards a Second Life!

January 16 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Jackson Park Ball Field, 801 Glover St
Hendersonville, NC 28792 United States
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**NOTE NEW DATE JAN 16** MountainTrue is proud to host its annual Holiday Recycling Event at Jackson Park, ball field #6 on Saturday, January 16th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Don't throw your tree away! Recycle it and turn it into nutritious mulch for your gardens, plants, and veggies!

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