The River Rangers have officially kicked off our third season! River Rangers is an education and outreach program sponsored by The Pisgah Conservancy, the U.S. Forest Service, Trout Unlimited and Clemson University. We aim to educate the public on stream health, ecological stewardship and species-specific problems, like threats to hellbenders and the problems that rock-stacking can incur in benthic macroinvertebrate communities. Additionally, we work to remove dams and rock stacks, pick up trash, and clear fire rings from areas that should not have campsites. Our work last year was mostly limited to virtual programming, but this summer we are ready to get back in the field and interact with more visitors.

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Above: The 2021 River Rangers, from left to right: Roean Allen (lead ranger), Ivy Scott (American Fisheries Society Hutton Scholar), Emily Treadway, Hunter Boyd, Lance Underwood, and Zoe Wills (Clemson student conducting hellbender research)

We have been awarded a $5,000 grant from REI Co-op! REI awards impact grants each year to organizations that help connect people to the outdoors. The grant is awarded by invitation only.

“We are thrilled to continue to work alongside REI for the benefit of life outdoors and particularly for the Pisgah Ranger District,” says TPC Director of Development Lavoe Davis. “This grant will help us to continue our work in Pisgah for the preservation of her natural resources as well as for the experiences of her many visitors.”

Ken G. from Sarasota, FL took delivery of his Pisgah Project Bike earlier this month and then took it out for a break-in ride. He's now ready to go explore the Pisgah Ranger District and all it has to offer!

The Pisgah Conservancy is proud to be part of a team that will work to construct a Joel Branch Connector Trail this year. The project is part of an ongoing effort to increase the sustainability of the Pisgah Ranger District and improve the recreational experience of its visitors.

The project is located in the Pisgah Ranger District, northwest of Brevard. The new Joel Branch Connector Trail will be approximately 1.3 miles long, running between the terminus of USFS Road 5002 and USFS Road 475C. The Trail will be designated for hiking, non-motorized biking, and equestrian use.

Recently, Executive Director John Cottingham sat down with Richard W. Downes to be interviewed for a Podcast entitled, Protecting Pisgah - The Pisgah Conservancy Story.   You can listen to the complete podcast through this link, or read the transcript here.