Now’s the time to start thinking about conserving water in the garden. The Men’s Garden Club of Asheville will host a program on water-wise gardening in WNC at its next meeting, Tuesday, Feb. 5.
A small — but important — conservation easement was added to several others on the Buncombe/Henderson highlands last month.
Every so often, wilderness gets a break. Consider the case of the Box Creek Wilderness, a 3,300-acre forest tract straddling the Rutherford/McDowell county line just east of Asheville.
Large areas of untrammeled nature are increasingly hard to come by in North Carolina — especially where the mountains meet the Piedmont, the state’s most urbanized and densely populated region. But every so often, wilderness gets a reprieve. So it is with the Box Creek Wilderness, a 3,300-acre link between the Blue Ridge and the South Mountains just east of Asheville.
The board passed a zoning ordinance that could allow more asphalt plants to be built in the area and voted to allocate over a million dollars to fund land conservation easements.
The Conservation Fund has announced the $5.5 million purchase of a 786-acre tract, formerly owned by Congressman Charles Taylor, which represents the last, unprotected section of the storied Foothills Trail that winds along the border between North and South Carolina.
The good news and the bad news: Committees present annual reports on conservation easements and adult care facilities.
The project, which will produce photo-maps of unmatched detail, is part of the state’s 911 emergency-readiness program. “You will be able to make out individual branches on the trees,” said N.C. forester Andrew D. Bailey. In addition to helping emergency response, the imagery will also be used by other state and local agencies, including conservation agencies such as the state Forest Service and local parks and recreation offices.
On June 6, a host of local businesses will donate portions of their sales to the regional nonprofit Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy.
Separate conservation actions are set to preserve some 2,260 acres of South Carolina’s famous low country.
Commissioners approve $1.8 million for conservation easements Affordable-housing development wins initial approval At the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners Oct. 7 meeting, the news wasn’t just what happened but what didn’t. The commissioners chose to delay action on three major items: the long-overdue appointment of new members to the powerful county Planning Board, a controversial […]
Buncombe County Board of Commissioners Oct. 7 meeting
conserA recent report by the U.S. Forest Service titled National Forests on the Edge lists North Carolina’s national forests as the fourth most-threatened in the nation due to development pressure along their boundaries. In fact, of the 10 most-threatened national forests in the United States, six are in the East, and three of those are […]
Twenty minutes northwest of Asheville, Highway 63 winds up a series of switchbacks, surmounts a ridge and dips down the other side. Views open up as the Walnut and Newfound mountains loom blue in the distance. In season, the fields lining the roadside are thick with tomatoes, rank stands of burley tobacco, feed corn and […]
I’ll drink to that Being an environmental crusader can be a depressing gig. Faced with a constant barrage of grim headlines about pending climate catastrophe, rapidly shrinking forests and toxic waterways, you couldn’t blame people working in the field for wanting to just forget about it all at the end of the day. Yet Asheville […]