Press release from The Pisgah Conservancy:
The Pisgah Conservancy is pleased to announce the return of Pisgah Project Day – a community work day that allows volunteers to make hands-on improvements to the Pisgah Ranger District – on April 30. Interested volunteers are invited to register online now through April 25 at www.pisgahconservancy.org.
Pisgah Project Day was first held in September 2016 – just eleven months after The Pisgah Conservancy was founded – and returns this month after a three-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The most recent Pisgah Project Day in 2019 resulted in more than 2,000 working hours spent improving the Pisgah Ranger District across 18 different projects in a single day thanks to the 300 individuals who volunteered.
This year’s projects include building a thirty-foot bridge on Cat Gap Trail, trail improvements and staircase construction on Andy Cove Trail, invasive species removal and split-rail fence construction at Sycamore Flats, graffiti removal at Frying Pan Tower, and much more. These efforts reflect The Pisgah Conservancy’s overarching project plan with a focus on trail maintenance and management, watershed improvement, non-native invasive species eradication, waste and graffiti removal, and community education.
The following event sponsors donated a combined total of $49,000: Transylvania County Tourism Development Authority, Hunter Hometown Foundation, Hunter Subaru, D.D. Bullwinkel’s Outdoors, Mast General Store, Oskar Blues Brewery, Pilot Cove, Range Urgent Care, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Vulcan Materials Company, Asheville Print Shop, Bartlett Tree Experts, Comporium, Ecusta Brewing, Gaia Herbs, Looking Glass Realty, Murphy’s Naturals, O.P. Taylor’s, Piney Mountain Bike Lounge, Pisgah Coffee Roasters, Pisgah Map Co., REI, SylvanSport, 3oak HandCrafted, Adventure Treks, ELEVATE Physical Therapy, First Citizens Bank, Platt, Samsel Architects, and Water Oak Dental.
The following partner groups are involved in Pisgah Project Day: U.S. Forest Service, Back Country Horsemen of Pisgah, Carolina Climbers Coalition, Carolina Mountain Club, FIND Outdoors, Fish and Wildlife Conservation Council, Transylvania County Master Gardeners, Pisgah Area SORBA, Pisgah Cowboys, Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards, Trail Dynamics, and Trout Unlimited.
The Pisgah Conservancy is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) whose mission is to provide funding to preserve the natural resources and scenic beauty of the Pisgah Ranger District and to enhance the recreational experience of all visitors to Pisgah. For more information, visit www.pisgahconservancy.org.