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CLIMATE, CLIMATE, CLIMATE and What’s Affected By It

in AVL Today a part of The City Council’s making moves

Building upon their Climate Emergency Resolution from January of this year, City Council also approved a decision establishing a zero-net loss tree canopy policy. Its goal? To establish tree canopy coverage of 50% by 2040 in order to fight canopy loss and ensuing “heat islands,” which can disproportionately affect minority communities. This resolution supports the establishment of a Comprehensive Urban Forestry Program in the future.

Want to dig in further? Check out the video of the meeting here.


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Welcome to OAK Outdoor Adventure Kids at the Arboretum

A SAFETY-FIRST YOUTH DROP-OFF PROGRAM 

The North Carolina Arboretum is excited to announce a new weekday drop-off program for children ages 6 – 9 years old beginning this fall. OAK (Outdoor Adventure Kids) is a safety-first approach to exploring the natural world with other kids. The Arboretum’s team of expert environmental educators will lead small groups of students through inquiry-based, outdoor learning by exploring the Arboretum’s 434-acre campus.


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Asheville Restaurants Offering OUTDOOR DINING

in Explore Asheville

Asheville has long been called “Paris of the South” — thanks in part to its abundance of restaurants and cafes with outdoor and sidewalk seating.

As restaurants and the city of Asheville work to take important social distancing precautions in response to COVID-19, they now are expanding outdoor areas for waiting and dining. These expanded areas are known as “parklets.”

The list below includes restaurants known to have outside seating. Restaurants are working to meet new health and safety guidelines so hours of operation and services may change. It is recommended that you contact restaurants in advance to learn whether they are open and what outdoor seating options are currently available. The state of North Carolina requires masks inside restaurants (when you’re not eating). Masks are required outside if social distancing is not possible.  CLICK TO CONTINUE


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5 Things Travelers Can Do Now to Combat Racism

by Tiana Attride in HERE

Five first steps travelers can take to be an anti-racist ally wherever they go.

As the Black Lives Matter movement gains traction worldwide, industries across the board are gearing up to diversify at last—and the travel and hospitality industries, like most, have plenty of work to do. 

While many changes need to take place on an industry level, individual travelers can still do their part to work against racism on their own personal trips. Although there are countless ways to combat racism in everyday life, these first five steps present a clear path to rearranging the way you—and your fellow travelers—think and act when you go out into the world. CLICK TO CONTINUE

 


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WORKSHOP SERIES FOR MARKET GARDENERS Covers Everything about Common Crop Families

From Living Web Farms

Vegetable gardening and farming concerns itself with the culture of many crops, most of them fitting into one of five or six botanical families. Living Web Farms is producing an educational series that covers these crop families, one by one, delving into the particulars of growing the various species within each family, including tips for cooking and preservation. A virtual Zoom workshop on June 20, 2020 entitled All About Legumes will detail crops such as peas, beans, and other nitrogen fixers.


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USE OUR MAP to Support Local Sustainable Farmers Near You and Madison BioBlitz!

Protect Our Rivers By Supporting Sustainable Farms

Many small farms in our mountain region have lost business due to the COVID-19 outbreak. In addition, large-scale meat operations in North Carolina are one of the leading contributors to water pollution in the state. Buying from sustainable local farms now is a way to not only feed your family but to protect our environment.

We’ve compiled a map of farms in our region that feed us while using practices that support healthy rivers, lakes and streams. Check out the map to find sustainable farms in your local watershed, and sign the pledge to support sustainable farms here.


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OVERLANDING – 17 Things to do to Reduce Your Impact on the Environment

Sustainable travel is a very important issue these days so we’ve covered this subject from an overlanding perspective. Overlanders usually use large vehicles, with either gas or diesel engines with low mpg’s.

While using hybrids or even electric vehicles for overlanding is still in the distant future (and those type of vehicles may not even be desired by the overlanding community), there are still several things that overlanders can do to decrease their impact on the environment. CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE


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THE WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA NATURE CENTER – Vision 2020

We do not love what we cannot name, and what we do not love we will not save.”  Robert MacFarlane

The Western North Carolina Nature Center is proud to present 2020VISION: A new strategic plan for our future. Highlighting the unique wildlife of the Southern Appalachian region both past and present, the Nature Center will become a true gateway to the incredible world of the Southern Appalachian Mountains.

NEWS AND BLOG


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THE NORTH CAROLINA ARBORETUM Exhibits and Events

For more than 30 years…Cultivating Connections between People, Plants and Places…amid a 434-acre public garden, The North Carolina Arboretum is located within the Bent Creek Experimental Forest just south of Asheville and adjacent to the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 393. Surrounded and crisscrossed by forested coves and meandering creeks in the botanically diverse Southern Appalachian Mountains, The North Carolina Arboretum is set in one of the most beautiful natural settings in America.


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How Will the Travel Industry Reinvent Itself Post-Coronavirus?

By in HERE Online

As the coronavirus pandemic brought travel to a screeching halt, an industry that had been growing rapidly thanks to budget airlines, the sharing economy, and Instagram culture (to name a few reasons) suddenly had to reckon with a future that looked permanently altered. But with this pause comes the opportunity to reroute—to address the social, environmental, and economic issues that arise from tourism, for better and certainly for worse.


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Watch video recordings of CITIZENS’ CLIMATE LOBBY: 2020 Virtual Conference: A Community Stronger Than COVID

Join the Citizens’ Climate Lobby Asheville Chapter

Asheville, North Carolina
We meet every 3rd Monday of the month from 6:30-8:30pm at Asheville School. See more info on this event with directions and parking info as well as other events on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ashevilleccl


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THE BIRDS OF THE FRENCH BROAD RIVER PARK

Fall, 2011

Nature guru Worth McAlister and expert birder Bob Wilson embarked on early morning journeys into the exciting world of avian friends, along with about a dozen local nature enthusiasts. Armed with binoculars and field guides, the groups headed out from French Broad River Park to see how many bird species could be encountered, in just a few hours’ time, along the Wilma Dykeman RiverWay. The crews were amazed and thrilled with what they found.


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JUST SAY NO! To Protect Open Greenway Space on the French Broad River

By Karen Cragnolin

What is Jettie Rae’s Seafood Restaurant?

Jettie Rae’s is a proposed new seafood restaurant in the middle of the new greenway and sidewalk project along Riverside Drive, across from the Cotton Mill Studios and directly on the river in the *riparian area.  The proposed new restaurant is 5,500 square feet, has 36 parking spaces, a pavilion and open lawn and a public restroom  that will be only open when the restaurant is open.

Why are concerned citizens raising red flags and voicing concerns about this proposed restaurant? 


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THE MUSIC TRAILS of The Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina

The Blue Ridge Music Trails are nestled within the North Carolina mountains and foothills, a region known for its spectacular beauty, moderate climate, Cherokee heritage, handmade crafts, small family farms, and, of course, its rich musical traditions. The geographic footprint of the Blue Ridge Music Trails consists of twenty-nine counties in the western third of the state.


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