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. The Pisgah Conservancy organizes Pisgah Pride Day, with the support of numerous forest user groups, local businesses, schools, nonprofit organizations, and individuals passionate about Pisgah. TPC, the Forest Service, and participating organizations will provide supervision and tools. Volunteers will receive an extremely stylish t-shirt, eco-friendly water bottle, 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 or use specially provided transportation to the specific job site.
Q: How do I volunteer?
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Q: Can someone under the age of 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
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
Southern Highlands Reserve
U.S. Forest Service
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 (filled - we will have coolers at each site for re-filling), plus whatever you think is appropriate for working in Pisgah in early May. 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)
Long sleeve shirt (in case you are working around poison ivy or herbicides)
Toilet paper if you are going to work in a location without facilities (yep, it happens)
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 Consent Form.
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 “Specific Requests” 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.
Please complete all the boxes including your phone number and address so that we can contact you if we have questions.