Central Regional Office

MountainTrue's Central Regional Office and headquarters is located in Asheville, serving all 26 counties in our organization's footprint.
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About the Central Regional Office

29 N. Market Street, Suite 610
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 258-8737

The Central Regional Office partners with and serves communities in Buncombe, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, and Yancey counties through the following programs and initiatives:

 

Central Region Team

Bob Wagner

Bob Wagner

Co-Director

Julie Mayfield

Julie Mayfield

Co-Director

Gray Jernigan

Gray Jernigan

Central Regional Director

Adam Bowers

Adam Bowers

Development Director

Anna Alsobrook

Anna Alsobrook

Watershed Outreach Coordinator

Amy Finkler

Amy Finkler

Development and Operations Coordinator

Bob Gale

Bob Gale

Public Lands Director

Chris Joyell

Chris Joyell

Healthy Communities Director

Hartwell Carson

Hartwell Carson

French Broad Riverkeeper

Josh Kelly

Josh Kelly

Public Lands Field Biologist

Karim Olaechea

Karim Olaechea

Communications Director

Maddy Watson

Maddy Watson

Communications Associate

Sarah Ogletree

Sarah Ogletree

Creation Care Alliance Director

Susan Bean

Susan Bean

Community Engagement Director

Sydney Swafford

Sydney Swafford

AmeriCorps Outings, Education, and Forest Stewardship Coordinator

Volunteer with us!

We have many regular volunteer opportunities throughout the warmer months. Below are some of the ways you can get involved. Click the images to add your name to our volunteer roster. Please note that volunteer event dates and times are subject to change due to weather conditions with short notice. Follow the MountainTrue Instagram and Facebook Page, as well as the French Broad Riverkeeper Instagram and Facebook Page, or email outings@mountaintrue.org to receive the most up-to-date information on event changes/cancellations.

Central Region News

Our 2022 BioBlitz Tri-County Smackdown: Powered by iNaturalist

Our 2022 BioBlitz Tri-County Smackdown: Powered by iNaturalist

Every year, MountainTrue hosts a BioBlitz event where we gather experts, enthusiasts and lifelong learners together to document every living organism we can find in a given area. To add to the fun, this year we are hosting a tri-county smackdown-style competition between Jackson, Watauga, and Transylvania counties! We think these are the most biodiverse counties in the MountainTrue Service Area. Help us crown the champion! Scores will be tallied by county and by individual, with prizes and bragging rights in store for winners (note: you must sign up using the form below to be eligible to win).

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Get Your Gardening Gloves on Our New Native Planting Guide

Get Your Gardening Gloves on Our New Native Planting Guide

MountainTrue has published a brand new guide to help you replace harmful non-native invasive plant species with native alternatives that benefit wild birds, hummingbirds, butterflies, and other wildlife. This beautifully designed and durable guide conveniently folds up to fit in your wallet — perfect for your next visit to the garden center or nursery.

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2021 State of the River Reports

2021 State of the River Reports

The 2021 State of the River reports are finally here! In this blog, we’ll discuss the cleanliness and water quality of the French Broad, Broad and Green, and Watauga River watersheds, trends, methodology, and rank the cleanest and dirtiest sites for each watershed.

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MountainTrue is Objecting to the Revised Forest Plan for the Nantahala-Pisgah National Forests. These are our Reasons.

MountainTrue is Objecting to the Revised Forest Plan for the Nantahala-Pisgah National Forests. These are our Reasons.

The U.S. Forest Service released its Revised Forest Plan in late January. Since then, MountainTrue’s Public Lands Field Biologist, Josh Kelly, and Western Regional Director, Callie Moore, have been hard at work crafting our organizational response to the 2000+ paged plan. While there are some bright spots in the Forest Service’s Revised Plan, they are far outweighed by its shortcomings, which can be characterized by the agency’s arbitrary decision-making and prioritization of timber harvest at the expense of old-growth forests, Natural Heritage Areas, and water quality.

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Raleigh Report: With District Maps in Place, We Preview the Primary Election

Raleigh Report: With District Maps in Place, We Preview the Primary Election

Now that the months-long political mud wrestling match known as redistricting is over, it’s a good time to take a look at what the state’s new legislative and congressional maps mean for Western North Carolina.  We won’t go over the legislature’s – and the courts’ – torturous path to finalizing districts maps. Suffice to say that the process reached its inglorious end with decisions by both the NC and US Supreme Courts. The House and Senate maps will remain in place for a decade, but the congressional map will be redrawn next year because it was imposed by a court rather than adopted by the legislature. 

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