Mountain True – Wild & Scenic Film Festival 2017 and Events!
Tickets are now on sale for the 2017 Wild & Scenic Film Festival presented by MountainTrue and Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. on Thursday, May 4. This year’s festival returns to the beautiful grounds of Sierra Nevada’s Mills River Brewery under the open sky of their outdoor amphitheater. Last year we sold out nearly two weeks before the festival. Get your tickets now and don’t miss the year’s best short-form nature, wilderness and outdoor adventure films. Get your tickets today.
Wild & Scenic Film Festival VIPs Get Special Access, Tour and Reception
VIP ticket holders are invited to take part in a special sustainability tour of Sierra Nevada’s Mills River Brewery — the first production brewery in the US to be LEED® certified, Platinum. After the tour, VIP attendees will enjoy an exclusive reception on the balcony of the High Gravity reception hall, a prime viewing area for the evening’s films.Get your VIP tickets today.
Best of WNC Short Film Contest at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival
Calling all WNC film makers! We are looking for the best short film (10 minutes or less) about outdoor adventure or conservation in the Western North Carolina region. Submit your film by midnight onMonday April 3rd, 2017! The winner will be announced prior to the Festival, and will be recognized on stage during intermission when their film will be screened. Click here to submit.
Join us for “Before We Burn Again: A Panel on the Future of Wildfires in WNC” on Monday April 3 at Highland Brewing Co. Presented by MountainTrue and the Asheville Citizen-Times, and sponsored by French Broad Chocolates, Highland Brewing Co. and NOC — Nantahala Outdoor Center, this special event brings together leading experts in the fields of wildfire management, fire ecology, climate change and community planning to discuss the dangers and ecological benefits of wildfire, critical issues at play in last year’s historic wildfire season and appropriate, proactive responses and strategies to manage future wildfire phenomena, mitigate threats and economic impacts, and save human lives. Tickets are $10, butfree for MountainTrue members.
Get your tickets for this special panel event.
America’s public lands are a sacred legacy for us all, but Congress is well on its way to changing that. The House has approved a package of rules that sets a zero-dollar value on federally protected lands that are transferred to states. By devaluing federal lands, Congress is paving the way to hand them over to states that cannot afford to manage these lands and will likely seek to raise funds by selling off our national treasures to developers or to mining, fracking and logging industries.
Call your Congressperson and let them know that America’s public lands are “priceless, not worthless”!
Meet Laura McPherson, Mary Kate Dodge and Jack Henderson, MountainTrue’s hardworking and dedicated AmeriCorps members. The federal agency that supports the AmeriCorps service program is one of 18 agencies that are recommended for elimination in the White House’s recent budget proposal.
Call your members of Congress and let them know that AmeriCorps is making a difference in our community.
On Saturday, March 11, MountainTrue held our Stream Monitoring Information Exchange (SMIE) bio-monitoring training at Blue Ridge Community College. Through the SMIE bio-monitoring program, we sample aquatic macro-invertebrates, or aquatic insects, as indicators of water quality. Bugs tell us a lot about the health and vitality of our rivers and streams.
Check out photos of the event.
MountainTrue is looking for some hard working, talented interns for the summer of 2017. To learn about our Community Engagement and Non-Native Invasive Plant Control internships, application deadlines and requirements, click here.
- April 8: 7th Annual Green River Spring Cleaning
MountainTrue is partnering with the Green River community, NC Wildlife Commission, Catawba Brewing Co., The Gorge Zipline and Liquidlogic Kayaks to help clear the Green River of trash and debris.Sign up to volunteer here and then RSVP on the Facebook Eventpage to get updates. There will be an afterparty at The Gorge Zipline with beverages donated by Catawba Brewing Co.
- April 8 and May 13: Richmond Hill Park Invasive Removal Day
Help clear Asheville’s largest forested park of non-native invasive plant species and restore the park’s native habitat.
- April 3: Before We Burn Again: A Panel on the Future of Wildfires in WNC
MountainTrue and the Asheville Citizen-Times bring together leading experts to discuss the future of wildfire in WNC.
- April 6: Hendersonville Green Drinks at Black Bear Coffee & Espresso
Allison Perrett of Appalachian Sustainable Agricultural Project will discuss community supported agricultural.
- April 15: Wildfire & Wildflower Spring Hike
Join MountainTrue Ecologist & Public Lands Director Bob Gale and Public Lands Field Biologist Josh Kelly for a Wildfire and Wildflower hike on April 15th!
- April 23: Creation Care Alliance Earth Day Vigil
The Creation Care Alliance of Western North Carolina invites you to join us for a vigil celebrating God’s creation and calling on people of faith to care for the planet.
- May 13: Equity in Planning: A MountainTrue Program on the Lasting Impact of Urban Renewal Policies
Join us for a facilitated discussion at the Wesley Grant Center followed by a trolley tour led by DeWayne Barton of Hood Huggers International and MountainTrue Co-Director Julie Mayfield.
ARE YOU MOUNTAINTRUE? MountainTrue members help protect our forests, water and air, and have the opportunity to hike with experts, volunteer to monitor streams, maintain our amazing Paddle Trail along the French Broad River, and clear trails in the national forest. Have fun with us, learn more about the incredible natural treasures of our region, and make a difference in your community — DONATE and be a member today!