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Coffee Hour with MountainTrue: Ancient Forests of the Blue Ridge

Wrong Way River Lodge & Cabins 9 Midnight Drive, Asheville, United States

The original forests of the Blue Ridge had trees of all ages and sizes. Large, old trees were abundant. The onslaught of industrial logging removed most of those forests, but due to the ruggedness of our mountains and sustained conservation over generations, at least 3% of the Southern Blue Ridge is in old-growth condition. Josh Kelly has spent years documenting and protecting old-growth forests on public land. Josh will take you on a 45 minute, coffee inspired, exploration of our region's old-growth forests, including where to find them, how to recognize them, and the deep values they represent.

Coffee Hour with MountainTrue: French Broad Paddle Trail

Wrong Way River Lodge & Cabins 9 Midnight Drive, Asheville, United States

Join MountainTrue's French Broad Paddle Trail Manager, Jack Henderson, for a presentation and discussion focused on the history, current status, and upcoming opportunities for growth along the French Broad Paddle Trail here in North Carolina and Tennessee.

This talk will educate attendees on what Paddle Trail staff and partners do, where funding comes from and how it's used, the importance of equitable access, and some of the current projects we're most excited about.