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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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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Engaging More People with the Outdoors

When Alexla was growing up, she wasn’t able to get outside much. In Summer of Service, she fell in love with the land. Now, as a Conserving Carolina intern, she’s helping make the great outdoors more accessible to all.

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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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