The Pisgah River Rangers is an outreach & education program designed to promote the balance between recreation and conservation of Pisgah National Forest and to ensure the ongoing ecological health of its waterways. Rachel Hess is our new Lead River Ranger. Read on to learn more about what led her to work at TPC and what she hopes to accomplish here.

More than 350 volunteers worked on 23 projects across the Pisgah Ranger District to accomplish the following in a single day:

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This past month saw the completion of the Graveyard Ridge East contract. Executed by Black Diamond Trail Designs, this TPC-funded trail project stands as an important landmark, linking together our successes of the past few years and paving the path forward for the implementation of our full-scale trail rehabilitation of the Graveyard Fields complex.

Continuing on the completion of the TPC contract on Investor Gap trail in the summer of 2020 and the Forest Service contract on upper Graveyard Ridge trail in the summer of 2021, the close of this project on Graveyard Ridge East is a great achievement. Within the space of a year and a half, 5.4 miles of continuous high-elevation trail in dire need have received heavy maintenance and rehabilitation.

This means many things: a better hiking experience, newly opened vistas, reduced impacts to the Dark Prong watershed, easier future maintenance, access for Forest Service Fire personnel to plan and implement prescribed burns, and more. Excitingly, this project also marks the first direct trail improvement project completed in the Graveyard Fields complex, standing as an initial step in our restoration of the Graveyard Field trail network at large.

Great thanks to Black Diamond Trail Designs for their excellent work on Graveyard Ridge East. Effective and consistent drainage along the length of the trail has been achieved through berm removal, out sloping, and the installation of armored grade dips. Impressive stone causeways and open stone culverts allow for comfortable walking and dry feet while traversing through boggy areas and the many seeps that spring from the mountainside of this high-elevation trail. A series of stone staircases have been constructed to stabilize the trail tread, mitigating past and preventing future rutting and entrenchment in the trail. All high quality, sustainable trail work.

Here’s to the completion of another great trail project and to keeping the momentum moving forward. Thanks, as always for your continued support of the Pisgah Conservancy and Pisgah National Forest. Be sure to get out on the trail and enjoy the all the beauties of Fall in the Pisgah!

We heard at a board meeting recently a rumor going around saying that Sliding Rock was closed permanently. We wanted to inform our supporters that is not true.

Hurricane Fred did a number on many of our local trails and outdoor recreation areas, requiring many repairs to be done to make them safe for the public again. These repairs will take some time to complete, but Sliding Rock is not permanently closed.

We spoke with the Forest Services about this and they verified that repairs to damaged infrastructure are currently underway and they expect these repairs to be completed by the Spring season.

This means that Sliding Rock has an anticipated re-open date in the Spring. Some of the repairs needed may not be 100% completed at that time, but the site is expected to re-open then.

This goes to show our supporters the extent and the effect that Fred did to our area. If you are interested in helping out with these rebuilding efforts, you may donate to our cause by clicking here.

As always, big thanks to our supporters for being patient and supportive while we go through this unprecedented time!

"I’m pleased to say that I was TPC’s first employee in early 2016, and I have thoroughly enjoyed my participation in this exciting and critical adventure. I’ve been working part time for the last few years, and it’s time for me to scale back a bit more and for TPC to bring on board a full time Director of Development. We are thrilled to be able to introduce to you Nina Ardle, who will be starting in that role on November 1." - Lavoe


Nina will be moving from St. Petersburg, Florida, where most recently she has been serving as the Director of Development for Tampa Bay Watch, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering a healthy Tampa Bay through community-driven restoration projects, education programs, and outreach initiatives. She has a B.S. from the University of Florida (with a minor in Nonprofit Organizational Leadership). She has a broad range of development experience and a demonstrated commitment to conservation causes.


Please help us welcome Nina to the mountains and into our growing TPC community!