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April 2022

Lunch & Learn: New Public Lands

April 7 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Volunteers gather in front of Chestnut Mountain Nature Park sign

Lunch & Learn: New Public Lands  Thursday, April 7 | 12 p.m. Free. Virtual. One of our conservation goals at SAHC is to continue to add to our public lands and create more opportunities for outdoor recreation. We often work for years with willing landowners, state and federal partners, private and public funding sources to secure these acquisitions. Join us for this virtual presentation to learn more about three new and exciting projects: expanding Roan Mountain State Park, the future…

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2022 Bill Popper Memorial Hike

April 16 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Location: Price’s Creek Preserve near Burnsville, NC Date: Saturday, April 16 Meet Time: 10 AM  Distance: 3 miles Difficulty: Moderate (4-5) Cost: Free for SAHC members; $10 for non-members. Registration: Pre-registration is REQUIRED. We invite you to join us for a memorial hike to honor and remember our friend Bill Popper and his dedication to preserving the 573-acre property in Yancey County that he loved so much. This hike is a perennial favorite, taking participants through our Price’s Creek Preserve…

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Chestnut Mountain Nature Park Opening

April 23 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Chestnut Mountain Nature Park, Chestnut Mountain Nature Park
Canton, NC 28716
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On Saturday, April 23, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., the Town of Canton will host a public opening for the Chestnut Mountain Nature Park on Hwy 19-23. Situated as a park-within-a-park, the mountain biking Berm Park will simultaneously open the public. The family-friendly grand opening event will include live music, outdoor retailers, a kids pop-up bike park, and food and beverage available to purchase from local vendors. “We cannot think of a better way to celebrate Earth Day than…

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2022 Mountain Chaser Release – Pints with a Purpose at HBC

April 24 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Highland Brewing Company, 12 Old Charlotte Highway
Asheville, NC 28803 United States
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We’re ready to leave the cold behind and welcome the sun back to the mountains with the release of Highland Brewing Company's first Pints with Purpose beer, Mountain Chaser Hazy Pale Ale. Come on out to the brewery and help us kick-off this series with a scavenger hunt on Highland’s trails curated by SAHC, guided walks with Highland’s own Woodsman Corey, live music and the first Meadow Market of the summer. A portion of all draft and crowler sales will…

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2022 Chicken Volunteer Training

April 26 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
SAHC Community Farm Alexander, NC 28701 United States

The Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy Community Farm is looking for volunteers to manage our flock of around 150 chickens! Volunteers will be split into three primary roles: Chicken Care Volunteers, Egg Washing Volunteers, and Farmers Market Volunteers. Volunteers for these three roles will make a significant difference on the farm and massively help our current farm staff!  Chicken Care Volunteers will be responsible for ensuring the chickens stay healthy and happy by providing fresh food and water and harvesting freshly…

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Strawberry Gap Volunteer Workday with Conserving Carolina

April 28 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Background Info: Strawberry Gap Trail is a ~2.8 mile trail right on the continental divide in the Upper Hickory Nut Gorge. The trail features beautiful vistas, scenic rock outcroppings, high elevation pastures, and areas of old growth forest. It crosses land protected by Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy’s conservation easements and Strawberry Gap Preserve. The trail will be another section that is added to the State trail system that’s in the Upper Hickory Nut Gorge. This volunteer opportunity will have you…

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2022 Volunteer Work Day: Garlic Mustard Pull in the Roan

April 29 @ 9:30 am - 2:00 pm
Roan Mountain State Park, 527 TN-143
Roan Mountain, NC 37687 United States
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SAHC is partnering with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Roan Mountain State Park, and the Cherokee National Forest to remove invasive garlic mustard from the Park and heavily trafficked highways around Carver’s Gap and SAHC conservation properties in the Highlands of Roan. Plucking out the pesky invaders when they’re young and tender isn’t hard work, but it does take a lot of hands! Location: Meet at the Conference Center Parking Lot – Roan Mountain State Park in Roan Mountain, TN Date:…

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2022 Farm Hike – April

April 29 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
SAHC Community Farm Alexander, NC 28701 United States

Date: Friday, April 29th Time: Starting at 10 am Where: SAHC Community Farm Distance: 2 miles Difficulty: Moderate. Several inclines are present on the trail. Cost: Free for Members. $10 for non-members. Join the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy on our beautiful Community Farm to hike along our Discovery Trail and see all the terrific projects we have in the works.  Our Community Farm is a 140-acre educational and working farm just outside Asheville. The farm is a continually evolving home for…

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May 2022

Lunch & Learn: Building Local Food Systems

May 11 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Every day, the food we eat connects us to a vast web of farmers, traders, food manufacturers, retailers, and many other people involved. Feeding our community, providing a livelihood for farmers, and protecting the environment – must be tackled together. So, how do we build sustainable, local food systems that benefit farmers, consumers, and the land? Join us on Wednesday, May 11 at noon to learn how SAHC farmland programs are helping to build local food systems through opportunities to…

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2022 Spring Ornithology Hike

May 15 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am

Date: Sunday, May 15th Time: 8 am Where: SAHC Community Farm Distance: 2 miles Difficulty: Moderate difficulty, several inclines are present on the trail. Cost: FREE for Members, $10 for nonmembers Join the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy on May 15 for an ornithology-focused walk on the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy Community Farm. Led by Simon Thompson, participants will hike the farm’s Discovery Trail searching to identify bird species. Simon is the owner and operator of Ventures Birding and has led birding trips all over the world. We are extremely excited to have…

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