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March 2021

Western Region Winter Tree ID Workshop

March 20 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
$10 – $20

Join MountainTrue's very own Western Region Program Coordinator, Tony Ward, on March 20th from 10 am - 12 pm, for our Winter Tree ID hike at Lake Chatuge. The 1.2-mile loop trail at the Lake Chatuge Recreation Area Trail offers a tour along the lake shoreline which holds a wide diversity of native trees perfect for identification! During this hike, we will discuss the different ways that you can identify trees in your area. This hike is open to all skill levels of tree identifiers so we hope to see you there!

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April 2021

Earth Day Clean Up Challenge 2021

April 7 @ 8:00 am - April 30 @ 8:00 pm

Challenge yourself to clean up trash at a local park, roadside, or streamside area in need. Share your before and after clean-up photos on Facebook and Instagram by tagging @mtntrue with the hashtag #MTEarthDayChallenge. The person in each of our four MountainTrue regions who collects the most trash in the photo shared with us will win a prize announced at 7 pm on 5/4. During this time we encourage you to collect trash individually, or with your household members.

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MountainTrue University: How Local governments are responding to Climate Change

April 7 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join MountainTrue's very own High Country Regional Director & Watauga Riverkeeper, Andy Hill for a High Country Sustainability discussion with George Santucci. George served as the long-time Director of the New River Conservancy. George has brought his decades of environmental experience and a unique and valuable perspective to his new role as Sustainability and Special Projects Director for the town of Boone. Join us for an informative discussion about how MountainTrue and the town of Boone have partnered to address energy use, climate change, stormwater, and microplastic pollution.

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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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