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November 2019

Plugged in Buncombe: Planning and Zoning Commission

November 7 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
City Hall, 70 Court Plaza
Asheville, NC 28801
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In an effort to encourage Buncombe County residents to get plugged into our local democracy, we want you to join us at advisory board or committee meetings. These meetings are designed to encourage residents’ input on specific community issues at the city and county level. Staff from our organizations regularly attend these meetings, but for the next three months we will serve as your guide to understanding and engaging with these committees. We will be available before the meetings for…

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HCO Paddle-n-Plant Workday

November 8 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
The Valle Crucis Community Park, 2892 Broadstone Road
Valle Crucis, NC 28604 United States
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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 hop in a boat and help us reduce erosion along our local rivers!

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Lake Chatuge Clean up

November 9 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Towns County Swim Beach Pavillion, US-76
Hiawassee, GA 30546

WRO will host the 10th Annual Lake Chatuge Shoreline Cleanup, in conjunction with Georgia Rivers Alive! The event will kick off at the Towns County Swim Beach Pavilion at 9:00 AM with breakfast and coffee. Volunteer coordinators will lead teams of 5-10 to designated trash sites along the shores of Lake Chatuge and we’ll meet back at the swim beach pavilion at 11:30 for prizes. The first 100 volunteers to sign-in will receive a free Rivers Alive t-shirt. If you…

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Richmond Hill Habitat Restoration Workday

November 9 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Richmond Hill Park, 300 Richmond Hill Dr
Asheville, NC 28806 United States
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Join us and help restore native plant communities by controlling non-native invasive plants at Richmond Hill Park. This is the City of Asheville’s only forested park and is home to many special native plant and animal species! Volunteers help to stop the spread of harmful non-native invasive species and return native species to the unique park.

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Fall Foliage Paddle on the Broad

November 10 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Broad River Greenway Canoe Access, 126 Broad River Drive
Shelby, NC 28152
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Since fall has finally arrived, we're grabbing our boats and headed out onto the Broad River to enjoy the fall colors. We will paddle a beautiful and remote stretch of the Broad from Shelby, NC to Gafney, SC that few people get to enjoy! Because the fall foliage is hard to predict, we're reserving several dates as options for the paddle. We will set a firm date on Nov. 6th based on the weather forecast and river conditions and will email folks who've signed up with the final date.

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PHHAT Hemlock Treatment Workday

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

Join us for a day on the Lower Green River saving hemlocks from the invasive hemlock wooly adelgid. No Experience necessary. A limited number of boats and gear are available on a first come, first served basis.

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Hendersonville Green Drinks: The Story of DuPont State Recreational Forest

November 14 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Black Bear Coffee, 318 N. Main St.
Hendersonville, NC 28792 United States
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On Thursday, November 14th, Hendersonville Green Drinks presents The Story of DuPont State Recreational Forest. Sara Landry, the Executive Director of the Friends of DuPont State Forest, will share the origin story of our state’s first recreational Forest and how group of citizens saved it from development. In addition to the history of the area, Landry will also discuss what the Friends of DuPont are doing to create a Master Trails Plan and ensure the future of the Forest. Hendersonville…

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HCO Paddle-n-Plant Workday

November 15 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
The Valle Crucis Community Park, 2892 Broadstone Road
Valle Crucis, NC 28604 United States
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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 hop in a boat and help us reduce erosion along our local rivers!

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Plugged in Buncombe: Sustainability Advisory Committee on Energy and Environment

November 20 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Asheville Downtown Police Department, 4th Floor Conference Room, 100 Court Plaza, 4th Floor Conference Room
Asheville, NC 28801
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In an effort to encourage Buncombe County residents to get plugged into our local democracy, we want you to join us at advisory board or committee meetings. These meetings are designed to encourage residents’ input on specific community issues at the city and county level. Staff from our organizations regularly attend these meetings, but for the next three months we will serve as your guide to understanding and engaging with these committees. We will be available before the meetings for…

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December 2019

Bearwallow Contemplative Hike w/ CCA

December 4 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Bearwallow Mountain, 4854 Bearwallow Mountain Rd
Hendersonville, NC 28792
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Join us for a contemplative fall hike up Bearwallow mountain. This easy-to-moderate trail climbs one mile through 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 Forest Keeper Coordinator, Rhys Burns, will offer some ecological insights along the hike, and Creation Care Alliance director Scott Hardin-Nieri will provide some spiritual context around caring for our ecological neighbors. We will hope to catch some fall colors, but the view is outstanding regardless. We will meet at the trailhead at 9:00 (after hopefully carpooling from town!) and get everyone back to town by noon. Please bring water (1L recommended), snacks, layers, sturdy shoes, and anything else needed to enjoy a lovely fall morning outside.

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