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June 2020

No Man’s Land Film Festival: Diversify the Outdoors

June 11 - June 30

MountainTrue has hosted the No Man's Land Film Festival for the past three years, and we want to highlight this new program that they are offering for the rest of the month. From June 11-30th, No Man's Land Film Festival is offering a "Diversify Our Outdoors" Virtual Film Program. This film program features films from 2015 through 2020 that elevate Black athletes, filmmakers, and advocates as well as their joy, talent, and stories. All proceeds to this event will be…

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Virtual Green Drinks – June

June 11 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Hendersonville, NC - On Thursday, June 11th, Hendersonville Green Drinks welcomes Carleen Dixon, Henderson County Parks & Recreation Director. In her talk, Carleen will provide an update on what’s new with our parks, including new programs and upcoming changes to the online registration system. Carleen will also discuss potential upcoming improvements to local parks and highlight how the department looks different and is changing based on COVID-19 guidelines. Using this link, bit.ly/junegreendrinks, you can register for the event. Once registered…

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Discerning Next Steps in Creation Care – Live Virtual Workshop

June 16 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Join us on June 16th for a live virtual workshop on the CAA Guide for Cultivating Creation Care to plan your next steps amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Come connect with others to learn how to create a more resilient and compassionate community. All those passionate about creation care, ecological justice and loving our neighbors are welcome to join!

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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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MountainTrue University – SwimGuide

June 17 @ 11:30 am - 12:00 pm

Hannah Woodburn, our AmeriCorps High Country Water Quality Administrator, will dive into SwimGuide. MountainTrue samples many rivers and popular swimming areas in our region to check for E.Coli levels, and we publish that data through the SwimGuide app. Hannah will explain the sampling process, what makes a stream safe to swim, and how to volunteer to help. 

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MountainTrue University – Forest Communities

June 24 @ 11:30 am - 12:00 pm

For this week's MountainTrue University, join Bob Gale, our Public Lands Director and Ecologist, for a talk entitled "Forest Communities of the Southern Appalachians". Bob will walk us through the many different types of forests found in our mountains, explain what factors determine where each type can be found and what species are unique to the different types.

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July 2020

MountainTrue University – The State of the French Broad River

July 1 @ 11:30 am - 12:00 pm

Join our French Broad Riverkeeper, Hartwell Carson, for a talk about the history of the French Broad Watershed as well as the major threats facing our river today. He will also discuss the work that he does to hunt down pollution sources and ways you can help keep our river clean.

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Virtual Green Drinks – July

July 9 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

On Thursday, July 9th, Virtual Hendersonville Green Drinks continues with a presentation from Andy Tait, EcoForestry Director at EcoForesters. EcoForesters is a non-profit professional forestry organization dedicated to conserving and restoring our Appalachian forests. In his talk, Andrew will discuss how forests become degraded whether due to invasive pests, poor timber management, fire exclusion or climate change and how “forest stand improvement work” can make degraded forests healthier.

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Pandemics and Prejudice: How Can Democracy Survive in a Hotter Time?

July 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Creation Care Alliance is proud to co-sponsor, along with Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, this presentation by Dr. David Orr, Emeritus Professor of Environmental Studies & Politics at Oberlin College. Dr. Orr will be presenting a lecture about the moral imperative to restore our democracy as well as the urgency of environmental stewardship. Dr. Orr writes: "The COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing crisis of race in America are both an indictment and a preview of what's coming in a hotter, more divided world with vast economic inequities. Both are symptoms of the tragic failure of democratic institutions."

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Beer Series Cleanup with Catawba – Virtual

July 11

Join MountainTrue, the French Broad Riverkeeper and 98.1 The River for the first Riverkeeper Beer Series cleanup of the year. We are going virtual on July 11. Cleanup the French Broad River, your local creek, roadway, or neighborhood. Post your pics with the #catawbacleanup for a chance to win some great prizes from ENO!

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