Over a hundred years ago, Bishop Paul Matthews and his sister Mother Eva Mary started protecting land in Bat Cave. Then, two neighbors met in church, discovered the family connections, and brought their land together.
Saluda resident Susan McHugh says, “The journey has come full circle from something very bad for our community to something very, very good. The end result is that this beautiful forest will be protected forever.”
Gigantic muskellunge—or muskie—have long made their home in the French Broad River. They’re a favorite of anglers. But today’s French Broad is a challenging habitat for muskie. An ambitious floodplain restoration could help bring them back.