When: March 18, 2024 @ 6:30 pm
Join us for an ecological evening at the Cowee School
Local land trust Mainspring Conservation Trust was formed in 1997 by a group of visionaries who were concerned about the impact that rapid development would have on WNC’s mountains, streams, farmlands, and heritage. Nearly 30 years later, conserving our pristine natural areas and rich cultural history in the face of urbanization remains a top priority for the land trust. With added threats like more frequent wildfires, increasing extinction rates, and intensifying weather patterns, forging a sustainable path towards a protected mountain region is no easy task.
This talk will dissect the strategies that Mainspring uses to identify high-priority conservation areas, from bottomland agricultural fields with incredibly fertile soils to isolated mountaintops that form islands in the clouds. Learn about the extensive foundation of ecological data that informs our decision-making, including examples of rare species, important habitats, and unique waterways that our work has protected in perpetuity.
The program will take place at Cowee School Arts and Heritage Center at 51 Cowee School Rd. in Franklin beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Mar. 18. The lecture series is designed to give people an opportunity to learn more about our local area, from many different angles, and to enjoy a pleasant, informative evening together.
No registration is required. Email Skye with any questions.
Meet Your Speaker
Skye is Mainspring’s Conservation Outreach Associate. She has a B.S. in Zoology from the University of Maine (2020), and experience in wildlife research as well as science communication. In her role at Mainspring, she organizes a variety of events and educational experiences with the goal of connecting people to their local landscapes.