The Heartwood Forest Council is a regional gathering of advocates for protection of public lands and is
happening near Bakersville, NC on May 26-29 at Camp Spring Creek.
Heartwood is hosting the gathering which offers a variety of presentations on topics such as genetically engineered trees, continued clear cutting of Southern forests to feed European power plants, mountaintop removal coal mining, forest and stream protection, public lands protection and climate.
Keynote speakers will be from the Indigenous Environmental Network and Dogwood Alliance. Indigenous Environmental Network will discuss their “Save Our Roots” campaign, the Rights Mother Earth and the threats of genetically engineered trees to our regional forests.
Danna Smith from Dogwood Alliance will present on our best climate stabilizing technology – standing forests. Her talk will spark a conversation among scientists, activists and organizations working on climate change about the need for US forests to be at the forefront of our efforts to avoid the most catastrophic impacts and meet the goals of the Paris Agreement.
Heartwood prides itself on good, local food and is bringing together a menu of locally sourced food from area farmers, prepared by Seeds of Peace Collective. Heartwood gatherings partner with the local growers to bring the freshest farm to table experience possible.
Entertainment includes a contra dance with Carolina Wildcats on Friday. On Saturday, local band the Screamin J’s will provide acoustic piano “boogie woogie rag and roll.” The weekend will wrap up with a silent and live benefit auction, followed by the infamous Heartwood talent show.
The Heartwood Forest Council is open to the anyone with an interest in protecting forests, sustainability, music, food, and building community. For more information, please visit https://heartwood.org/events/2017-forest-council-strong-roots or call 812-307-4326.