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Upcoming Events and Guided Group Hikes

Hikes are FREE to SAHC Members; $10.00 non-members, unless otherwise noted. (Hikes on public lands are free for all participants; see individual hike descriptions.) Registration is required. For directions, additional information, or registration, please contact Kana Miller at kana@appalachian.org or call 828.253.0095 ext. 205.


Garlic Mustard Pull in the Roan
Roan Mountain State Park area
Date: April 18
Time: 9:30 am

When beautiful native wildflowers start sprouting in Spring, destructive invasive species like garlic mustart tag right along. Plucking out the pesky invaders when they're young and tender isn't hard work, but it does take a lot of hands! SAHC is partnering with Roan Mountain State Park, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and AmeriCorps Project Conserve to remove garlic mustard from the park and heavily trafficked highways around Carver’s Gap and SAHC properties such as Big Rock Creek. Please come join us!

Volunteers will meet at Roan Mountain State Park at 9:30am, be briefed, divide into groups, and disperse across the Park and along public roadsides. We will work from 9:30am-12:00pm, then enjoy lunch from 12:00 - 1:00pm. Garlic mustard pesto with bread/crackers is provided as an appetizer. After 1:00pm, there are two options to chose from for the afternoon.

Afternoon Option 1: Intrepid volunteers continue to work from 1:00-2:30pm.
Afternoon Option 2: From 1-1:30pm join an AmeriCorps educational opportunity regarding agriculture. From 1:30-3:30pm is a moderately paced hike up to and along the Appalachian Trail. Anticipated distance is 3-4 miles.

Contact: To sign up as a volunteer, RSVP to Andrea Thompson, AmeriCorps Stewardship Associate, andrea@appalachian.org or (828) 253-0095 ext 212.


Everybody's Environment Family Fun Spring Festival
Arthur R. Edington Education & Career Center, Asheville
Date: April 25
Time: 2 to 5 pm

In honor of Earth Day and the YWCA’s Stand Up Against Racism Week, the Everybody’s Environment Action Group will host a free Family Fun Spring Festival, including:

For more info, visit the Everybody's Environment Facebook page.


Foraging Sustainably — Wild Edibles Hike
Highlands of Roan
Date: April 28
Time: 10 am
Difficulty: Moderate (5-6)
Leader: Marquette Crockett, Roan Stewardship Director, and Kana Miller, AmeriCorps Conservation Education & Volunteer Associate
Cost: FREE for SAHC members, or $10 for non-members

Join SAHC for a day of discovery in the stunning Highlands of Roan! Lead by Marquette Crockett, our Roan Stewardship Director, we will hike through an SAHC owned property on the edges of Pisgah National Forest, keeping an eye out for wildflowers and wild edibles. This beautiful property has both open meadows and rich hardwood forests and will make for a relaxed day of hiking.

Along the way, Marquette will discuss the different ways to forage for wild edibles sustainably, without harming the lifespan and productivity of these plants. As harvesting wild edibles has become increasingly more popular, this hike will explain how mass harvests can destroy a plant’s natural habitat and the forest ecosystem. Marquette will also demonstrate how to forage for wild edibles sustainably.

What to Bring: Sturdy hiking boots, warm layers (the weather is unpredictable in the Roan), rain gear, water, lunch, camera, and a bag to carry all personal items.

For more info or to register, contact Kana Miller at kana@appalachian.org or (828) 253.0095 ext. 205. Directions and additional details will be provided after registration.


Little Hump "For Love of Beer & Mountains" Partnership Hike
Highlands of Roan
Date: May 9
Time: 10 am
Difficulty: Very Difficult (9-10)
Leader: Drew Stevenson, Highland Brewing Company, and Kana Miller, AmeriCorps Conservation Education & Volunteer Associate
Cost: FREE for all participants, but pre-registration required
Dogs:
Four-legged friends are welcome, but must be kept on a leash.

This is a strenuous but rewarding hike to Little Hump Mountain in the Highlands of Roan. We will make our way along roaring creek on the Overmountain Victory Trail until we connect with the Appalachian Trail. From there, we will hike north and gain approximately 1,500 ft of elevation to earn a spectacular view of the surrounding valley. While the hike is short (approximately 5 miles), it will be a very challenging climb from the Roaring Creek Valley to the top of Little Hump.

What to Bring:Sturdy hiking boots, warm layers (the weather is unpredictable and significantly cooler in the Roan), rain gear, water, lunch, camera, and a bag to carry all personal items.

For more info or to register, contact Kana Miller at kana@appalachian.org or (828) 253.0095 ext. 205. Directions and additional details will be provided after registration.


"For Love of Beer & Mountains" Partnership
Lost Cove Pale Ale Release Party

Highland Brewing Company, Asheville NC
Date: May 15
Time: 4 to 9 pm

Come celebrate your "Love of Beer and Mountains" with the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy, Highland Brewing Company, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife for the release of the new seasonal Lost Cove American Pale Ale, named for a scenic forest cove and historic ghost town near the Nolichucky River on the NC/TN border.

Raise a pint to help us protect the unique peaks, farms, streams, and habitat of the Southern Appalachians. Highland will donate $1 from each pint sold during the evening to SAHC to help protect the beautiful mountains around us. Invite your friends to this family-friendly event and enjoy FREE music from 7 to 9 pm.


Sandy Mush Game Lands Hike
Sandy Mush Game Lands
Date: May 16
Leader: Chris Henline, NC Wildlife Resource Commission, and Kana Miller, AmeriCorps Conservation Education & Volunteer Associate
Cost: FREE for all participants, but pre-registration required

SAVE THE DATE - more details TBA.

For more info or to register, contact Kana Miller at kana@appalachian.org or (828) 253.0095 ext. 205. Directions and additional details will be provided after registration.


Appalachian Spring
Farmhouse Gallery & Gardens in Unicoi, TN
Date: May 21
Time: 6 to 8 pm

Join the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy in celebrating 41 years of conservation in our community. Because of our dedicated members, volunteers, and community supporters, we can continue protecting the special places we all love. Please join us for an evening of celebration and merriment, with footstomping entertainment provided by the ETSU Old Time Pride band. We are honored to have Farmhouse Gallery and Gardens donate their venue space for this event and continue to support SAHC in our conservation efforts.

Event Ticket Price includes: Dinner, 1 drink ticket, music and fellowship.
Early-bird discount tickets: SAHC Members: $20 | Non-Members: $25

Purchase your tickets early and save! Early bird tickets, purchased by May 3rd, are discounted. After May 3rd, all tickets will be $30.

Raffle ticket sales help support our conservation work, and raffle tickets can now be purchased along with your event ticket:
1 for $5
5 for $20
15 for $50

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Have questions about this event? Contact Cheryl Fowler at cheryl@appalachian.org or 828.253.0095 ext 209.


Catawba Falls Hike
Near Black Mountain, NC
Date: May 29
Time: 10 am
Difficulty: Moderately Difficult (7-8)
Leader: Kana Miller, AmeriCorps Conservation Education & Volunteer Associate
Cost: FREE for SAHC members, or $10 for non-members

Join us for this unique, guided hike along the headwater streams of the to the top of spectacular Catawba Falls. The Catawba River flows for approximately 220 miles, beginning in the Southern Appalachians until it drains in the South Carolina Piedmont. While the headwaters of the Catawba can be found in neighboring McDowell County, public access is limited. Our hike begins on a tract which has been protected through a conservation easement with SAHC. The trail involves several creek crossings – 18 round trip! – So prepare for wet feet. This will be a rugged and adventurous hike, through rich cove forest and into streams. Most who access Catawba Falls have only viewed the large falls from below; come hike with us to see this rare view of the upper falls!

What to Bring: Sturdy waterproof hiking shoes (Chacos, Tevas, Keens, waterproof boots), rain gear, water, sunscreen, insect repellent, lunch, camera, and a bag to carry all personal items. Long [waterproof, non-cotton] pants are recommended for protection from poison ivy. If possible, drive a vehicle with high clearance from the ground, to help with shuttling to the trailhead.

For more info or to register, contact Kana Miller at kana@appalachian.org or (828) 253.0095 ext. 205. Directions and additional details will be provided after registration.


Land Trust Day/National Trails Day
Regional event
Date: June 6, 2015

In conjunction with National Trails Day, local business across the mountains choose this special day to donate a percentage of sales to SAHC. They recognize that the mountains, streams, forests, and farms we preserve are important to their clients, and Land Trust Day is a wonderful way to "give back" to help protect the natural resources that drive our region's economy.

We are sincerely grateful to last year's participating businesses, who helped us raise $14,000 for land and water conservation. If you are interested in becoming a Land Trust Day sponsor for 2015, contact Cheryl Fowler at cheryl@appalachian.org or 828.253.0095 ext 209. We would love to help promote your business!!

As part of our Land Trust Day celebration, we will also offer a guided hike along the Discovery Trail at our Community Farm. Details TBA.


June Jamboree
Highlands of Roan
Date: June 20, 2015

Mark your calendar for our annual day of guided hikes in the Highlands of Roan, celebrating SAHC's flagship focus area and the unique, globally important mountain ecosystems which launched our conservation work. We will have a variety of outings for many skill levels and interests, free for all participants. More details To Be Announced.

For questions, directions and registration for hikes or events, contact
Kana Miller,
kana@appalachian.org or 828-253-0095 ex. 205

Hike Key Note: We are introducing a new hike key to better explain the difficulty of hikes. Hikes will be rated 1-10 (greater than 10 for extremely difficult hikes). A rating of 5 is considered moderate, 10 difficult, and 1 extremely easy. We come up with this number by plugging in the hike elevation change and mileage to this formula: (0.002 x elevation gain (ft.)) + Round trip distance (miles) = Difficulty rating (1-10).

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Upcoming events

Everybody's Environment Family Fun Festival
Arthur R. Edington Education & Career Center, Asheville
Saturday, April 25

Foraging Sustainably - Wild Edibles Hike
Highlands of Roan
Tuesday, April 28

"For Love of Beer & Mountains" Little Hump Partnership Hike
Highlands of Roan
Saturday, May 9

"For Love of Beer & Mountains" Lost Cove Pale Ale Release Party
Highland Brewing Company
Friday, May 15

Appalachian Spring Membership Celebration
Farmhouse Gallery & Gardens
Thursday, May 21

Catawba Falls Hike
Near Black Mountain, NC
Friday, May 29

Land Trust Day
Saturday, June 6

June Jamboree
Saturday, June 20

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