Q: What is Pisgah Pride Day?
A: Pisgah Pride Day is a broad-based volunteer workday in the Pisgah Ranger District. We had our first Pisgah Pride Day in September 2016, and it was a big success for all who participated – and for Pisgah. We are now signing up volunteers for the second one, which will be on April 29. Because of the strong response to the first Pisgah Pride Day, we are limiting participation this year to 400 volunteers, so be sure to sign up quickly. We are expecting this to become an annual event in the late April/early May timeframe. The Pisgah Conservancy is sponsoring Pisgah Pride Day, with the support of numerous forest user groups, local businesses, schools, nonprofit organizations, and individuals passionate about Pisgah. Volunteers will receive an extremely stylish t-shirt and other miscellaneous goodies for their efforts. We will gather afterwards at Oskar Blues in Brevard for a bit of refreshment, with a percentage of the proceeds going to The Pisgah Conservancy.
A: Volunteers will meet at the Pisgah Ranger Station on US 276 just north of Brevard unless otherwise directed by email. Once you have signed up at the Ranger Station you will carpool with your group to the specific job site. One Exception: we have added a project in Bent Creek this year for folks living in Asheville. Volunteers for that project will meet in Bent Creek -- specific time and place to be communicated by email in advance of April 29.
A: Volunteers will meet at the Ranger Station between 8:00 and 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 29th. Groups will head out with their crew leaders by 9:00 sharp. The crews will wind up their work by about 2:00 p.m., and we will get together afterwards at Oskar Blues Brewery, 342 Mountain Industrial Dr., Brevard, N.C.
Q: What is the Follow Up Work Day on May 6?
A: Last year we felt that we left a few loose ends after Pisgah Pride Day, so this year we are planning to have a small group of volunteers (no more than 50) come back on May 6 to help tidy up. It remains to be seen what will need attention then, but it will likely include hauling off piles of limbs, vines, and whatever that pile up on April 29.
Q: How Do I Volunteer?
A: Just complete and submit the form below to sign up, but act promptly -- we are limiting participation to 400 volunteers this time. Use the form below to let us know your interests, and we will help you land in the right work group. By completing and submitting the form below, you agree to the terms of the attached Volunteer_Affirmation.doc.
Q: Can someone under 18 participate?
Q: Who is supporting this event?
A: We have been strongly supported by a variety of user groups. To date, the following organizations have committed to supporting the effort:
Back Country Horsemen
Carolina Climbers Coalition
Carolina Mountain Club
Carolina Mtn. Land Conservancy
Cradle of Forestry in Amer. Interpretive Association
Fish & Wildlife Conservation Council
Oskar Blues Brewery
Pisgah Area SORBA/IMBA
Pisgah Master Gardeners
So. App. Wilderness Stewards
U.S. Forest Service
Warren Wilson College
Western Carolina University
Q: How did you come up with the name “Pisgah Pride”?
A: We hope to instill a new pride in how we, the public owners and users of Pisgah, take care of the forest and the facilities in it. Too often we see examples of people not taking enough pride in how this beautiful forest is maintained, and we want to promote a new mindset in that regard.
Q: What should I bring?
A: A bag lunch, your own re-usable water bottle (bring a filled bottle; we will have coolers at each site for re-filling), plus whatever you think is appropriate for working in Pisgah in late April. Some suggestions:
Work gloves (we will have gloves available for those who don’t bring their own)
Work boots or hiking boots
Extra clothes for the after party
Long pants (think poison ivy)
Toilet paper (if you are going to work in a location without facilities...yep, it happens)
(We will provide all tools needed.)
Q: How do I get a t-shirt?
A: Just complete the form below with your t-shirt size and submit it by April 12.
Q: Does a volunteer have to be a member of one of the sponsoring organizations to participate?
A: No. But all volunteers must be signed up to work on Forest Service property. To sign up just complete and submit the form below. By completing and submitting the form, you agree to the terms of the attached Volunteer_Affirmation.doc.
Q: I’d like to work with a specific, informal group of people. How do I do that?
A: Just write a note to us in the “Comments” section of the sign up form, and we’ll put you with that group.
Q: Can I bring a pet?
A: Sorry, but with this many people working in close proximity in the forest, for safety reasons we cannot allow volunteers to bring their dogs or other pets.