A Common Goal

“When you think of conservation land you don’t think of housing projects, but I think both of our organizations have the common goal of serving the community,” says Ashlynn McCoy from The Housing Assistance Corporation.

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The Hiking Club

Kids in the Rise & Shine hiking club in Brevard connect with the outdoors in their own ways — whether they’re taking photos, wading in waterfalls, or just laughing with their friends.

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The Kudzu Warriors

Greg Miner says his coworkers would look at him like he was crazy when they heard about his volunteer work. They’d tell him kudzu is an impossible problem. Turns out kudzu is tough, but it’s not impossible.

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A Passion for Wildlife

After a whirlwind romance, Dale Weiler and Loti Woods dedicated themselves to helping endangered wildlife. Dale says, “Her passion for nature and wildlife rekindled mine.”

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A River for All Ages

Susan Brown, coordinator of the volunteer group Transylvania French Broad Stewards, finds that delight in nature can lead to a commitment to good stewardship.

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What the River Wants

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.

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A Giving Garden

Delaney Cullen wanted to start a garden at her library—the Mountains Branch Library near Lake Lure. But she was only five. How was a little kid going to do that?

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