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.
Macon County 6th graders will participate in this multi-partner event on Mainspring’s Tessentee Bottomland Preserve. Activities include a bird banding station, a Monarch tagging station, a farm history station and educational games.
Partnering with Mainspring are the Franklin Folk Heritage Association, Southern Appalachian Raptor Research, Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory and Macon County Schools.
Mainspring will have a table at this school event.
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.