Walk with horticultural expert Jack Johnston as we search and find the beautiful and rare Stewartia. Participants will meet on Mainspring’s Queen Branch Property and travel by car to locations previously scouted by Jack. Wear comfortable clothing (you may walk on soggy ground, depending on the weather) and bring a camera and bottle of water.
Forestland owners, farmland owners, homeowners, and homeowner association representatives are invited to register for the “Low-Volume Private-Access Road Construction and Maintenance” workshop. The event will be held Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at the Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory in Otto, NC.
Registration is limited to 30 landowners. Rain date is September 27. Cost is $30 per person and includes lunch. To register and pay online, click here.
Job: Tree plantation maintenance.
In early 2014 and 2015, Mainspring planted 600 trees – white oaks, butternuts, and hickories, protecting them with weed mats and tree shelters. We will be removing competing vegetation and removing, replacing or repairing shelters and shelter stakes.
Franklin-area volunteers will meet at the far end of the Kmart parking lot at 8 am for carpooling for the 75-minute ride. Those volunteers coming from other directions can meet Hiwassee Programs Manager Sara Posey at the Welch Farm at 9 am.
Bring garden gloves, hand pruners, and a pocket knife, along with lunch. Depending on turnout, we should finish up by early or mid-afternoon.
Ever wonder what *exactly* this regional nonprofit does? Learn all about the “motivating force of conservation in the Southern Blue Ridge” at this field day, with hands-on activities and expert seminars on how our three core initiatives – Conserve, Restore and Connect – integrate together to be one of the premier land trusts in the United States.
Buy Tickets by September 12th.
A repeat of the September 16 Macon County event, this field day is another opportunity to learn more about the “motivating force of conservation in the Southern Blue Ridge.” With hands-on activities and expert seminars on how our three core initiatives – Conserve, Restore and Connect – integrate together to be one of the premier land trusts in the United States, you will walk away with a better understanding of the many projects and programs Mainspring leads.
Buy Tickets by Monday, September 19th.
Cowee School Heritage Center is sponsoring a series of programs called “Where We Live: History, Nature, and Culture”, to give people an opportunity to learn more about our local area from many different angles, and to enjoy a pleasant, informative evening together.
The series will resume on January 21, with a presentation based on Mainspring Conservation Trust’s Shade Your Stream program, featuring:
- An illustrated talk by local resident Dr. William O. McLarney, who has studied the Little Tennessee watershed for 29 years, suggesting how you can promote healthy streams and clean water.
- A short film, “Stewarding Streams in the Little Tennessee”, produced by the world renowned conservation film company Freshwaters Illustrated.
- Remarks by local landowner Tammy Stanfield, featured in the film, who has put some of Mainspring’s ideas to work on her property in Ellijay.
The program will begin at 6:30 at Cowee School. There will be time for discussion and questions, and light refreshments will be served.
Future programs include:
February 18- Barbara McRae, historian and author, will speak on “Three Women of Cowee.”
March 18- Paul Carlson, former director of Mainspring Conservation Trust, forester, and historian, will speak on “The History and Context of the Needmore Tract.”
April 15- Mary and Stan Polanski, author of the Franklin Press column Grow Native, will speak on growing native plants.
May 20-Lamar Marshall, research director for Southeast Heritage, will speak on “Cherokee Wars of the Cowee Valley.”
All programs are on the third Monday at 6:30 pm at the school.
This hike is on one of Mainspring’s earliest conservation easements on historic family land at the head of Tellico Valley in northern Macon County. The first half of the hike will visit a recent timber harvest done to regenerate mature timber stands and comply with the Present Use Value Program. The second half will pass through 2 miles of majestic older growth forest with ample spring flowers. Goals of the day include discussion of strategies to preserve family land across generations and to understand silvicultural and logging impacts on forest regeneration.
Moderately difficult with a 900′ elevation gain and 900′ drop over a 3 mile loop hike.
Bring water, lunch, sturdy boots and walking sticks and weather appropriate clothing.
Meet at historic Cowee School at 10:00 am to carpool or caravan to Tellico. Will return to Cowee School by 4:00 pm.
Limited to 20 people.
Join us on the Annual Stewartia Flower Walk led by Jack Johnson.
Meet at 9 a.m. at Mainspring’s Queen Branch property. We will caravan to the different locations and will be done around noon. Please wear comfortable shoes, as we will walk through the woods and potentially some muddy areas.