Wildfire Preparedness Day- May 5th, 2018

On May 5th, the Buck Mountain Community, in Wilkes County, hosted a Wildfire Preparedness day/Firewise Fair. Over 50 people attended and learned how to reduce wildfire risk around their homes and community. Information packets were provided to all attendees and a cook-out followed the outdoor information session. The community and local fire and emergency personnel also simulated a mock emergency (UTV crash) and response. The event was extremely successful and Buck Mountain was presented with their new Firewise USA communities sign. As a result of the event, existing partnerships were strengthened and new partnerships were developed. Thanks to Buck Mountain, the North Carolina Forest Service, Champion Fire Department, Wilkes County Emergency Management, Wilkes County Sheriff's Department, Wilkes County EMS, and Wilkes County Soil & Water Conservation District for a very successful event! 

Nolichucky Wild & Scenic Film Night

The Nolichucky River is a collaboration of the North Toe, South Toe, and Cane Rivers, and flows 115 miles through Western North Carolina and Eastern Tennessee. The Nolichucky traverses through Pisgah National Forest, Cherokee National Forest, and numerous private and state lands. These watersheds and waterways are nothing short of magnificent. we are fortunate enough to live in one of the most bio-diverse areas in North America. 

It was wonderful to see a room full of people supporting the Nolichucky River and our natural resources. 

Shade Your Stream Workshop

Live staking is a common practice that is sustainable for any landowner. It provides a low cost (or free) solution to unwanted stream problems. It was great having the local community out for some hands on learning about erosions, invasive species, stream bank stabilization, and live staking. 

Students Sample Macroinvertebrates

MHHS Natural Resource students take on the macro-invertebrates in the Cane River. Species such as the Stonefly larvae and the Dobsonfly larvae determined that the water quality is good.

Mitchell County Toes in the Toe

Mitchell County Toes in the Toe was a success! Fifth-graders from Deyton, Bowman, and Spruce Pine Montessori school all completed river stations that were put on by the NC Wildlife Resource Commission, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, River Link, Beekeepers, and Penland School of Crafts. Volunteers from the Mitchell High School FFA club did a tremendous job leading each group of kids to and from each station. Thank you to all the teachers, educators, and volunteers!

Student Volunteers

Thank you to the wonderful group of student volunteers from Yancey County who helped remove invasive plant species, clean up the local rivers and streams, and improve pollinator habitat at the high school.

Building Pollinator Habitat

Cub Scout Pack 515 helped build and plant a pollinator garden along the greenway in downtown Bakersville. The garden is filled with native flowering plants that will attract pollinators such as butterflies, bees, and birds. 

Invasive Removal

A huge thank you to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy for bringing a crew of interns over for some invasive species removal at the Cane River dam removal site. We focused on Japanese Knotweed, a rigorously growing and rapidly spreading herbaceous perennial.