Join Grammy Award winner Marc Pruett (of Balsam Range fame) on banjo with his wife, Anita, on guitar as we celebrate 20 years as Stewards of the Southern Blue Ridge! Beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres served by members of the Mainspring Board of Directors.
RSVP by October 6
If you’ve ever helped with a Mainspring project – stuffed envelopes, pulled weeds, built a bridge, worked at Rickman Store, etc. – we invite you to enjoy breakfast at the Mainspring Franklin office, made and served by a grateful staff.
RSVP by Friday, November 10th.
Our annual Stewartia Hike with Jack Johnston was moved to Saturday this year to accommodate requests from those who work during the week. Join us to learn more about this rare tree at the height of it’s blooming season. Hikers will meet at the Queen Branch property and car pool to various locations. Sturdy shoes that can get wet, water and a sack lunch are all recommended. Youth who are interested are welcome.
snorkeling with various groups. His favorite spot? The Cheoah River in Graham County.
Mainspring will have a table at this school event.
You gave, we give – drop by Currahee and let Mainspring buy you a beverage as a thank-you for the time, talents and energy you’ve given to help us grow! Please bring a friend who may be interested in joining our volunteer teams and wants to learn more about what we do and what is involved with being a volunteer. This laid-back event will be the perfect opportunity for them to meet others who care about conservation in the southern Blue Ridge.
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.