Deep Roots in a Family Forest 

Elaine Friebele and her family are restoring the health of a forest in Fairview that has been in their family for generations. Here’s how they transformed it from a white pine monoculture to a certified sustainable working forest.

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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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