Fall has been briefly in the air but I’m sure it is on its way with all of that glorious color we find in Pisgah! The summer has been busy for TPC with lots of good things coming to fruition.
We are excited to announce that we have entered into an agreement with the Forest Service that allows us to engage independent specialists to conduct surveys and prepare reports to satisfy requirements of the National Environment Policy Act. NEPA review, which includes archeological, botanical, and other surveys of the subject area, is often required before trail or riverbank projects can move forward.
This is an important protection for our public lands – we definitely do not want to be disturbing prehistoric sites or harming protected plant or animal species on the Pisgah! Often, however, the requirement for NEPA review and the limited number of specialists in the Forest Service available to conduct these reviews can create bottlenecks and slow down projects. So, we are excited to be working with the Forest Service in creative new ways to satisfy NEPA requirements in a more timely manner.
Our first project is at Cantrell Creek, where we are working with a number of partners to fix a trail that is currently causing significant damage to the creek. We will do stream restoration work there, close a section of trail, and build a new multi-use trail that will be located away from the creek using sustainable trail building techniques. All in all, it’s a great win for the District, and it’s moving forward faster as a result of our new ability to get the NEPA work completed.
Pisgah Pride Day Grant:
TPC was the recipient of a $2,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina. The monies were used for a very successful Pisgah Pride Day 2018.
New Belgium Donates $2,000 to TPC:
John and Lavoe accepting check from NB’s Katie DeCurtis
New Belgium Brewing Company celebrated The Pisgah Conservancy by collecting tips at their Asheville Tasting Room. New Belgium’s $2,000 donation will help us continue our work in Pisgah.
TPC is making a difference!
It’s made possible only by the support of many who care deeply for Pisgah. Please show your love and support of Pisgah by attending one of our events, becoming a member of TPC, volunteering or making provisions for a special gift in your estate planning. Check to see if your employer will match your gift to TPC. If so, please fill out the paperwork and let us know it’s on the way (the company doesn’t always let us know who made the gift they are matching). TOGETHER we are making a difference.