A New Day for Rivercane 

Cherokee artisans need rivercane to make traditional baskets. But this native plant has dwindled to 2-3% of its former abundance. We’re working with Cherokee partners to restore rivercane at the Mouth of Mud Creek, which will be harvested for traditional crafts.

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An Epic Pandemic Project

During the pandemic, our Rock Crushers volunteers found solace in nature and salvation in trail building. The result is the amazing Youngs Mountain Trail!

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Youngs Mountain Trail Opens

A new hiking trail just opened at Youngs Mountain, offering spectacular views of Lake Lure, Rumbling Bald, Weed Patch Mountain, and the lower Hickory Nut Gorge.

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87 Acres on French Broad River Protected

An 87-acre former sod farm on the French Broad River in Mills River could be the site of a new floodplain restoration, similar to the nearby Mouth of Mud Creek restoration. There’s also potential for public river access.

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