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** Guide to the Natural Communities of North Carolina

This document presents a revised framework for the classification of natural communities in North Carolina. Natural communities are central to the work of the Natural Heritage Program. Tracking occurrences of good examples of them comprises a major portion of the program’s inventory and database work. Natural communities are important components of biodiversity. They also represent a crucial means of conserving species diversity, as they offer a means of capturing many of the poorly known and un-tracked species that occur in them. The classification of natural communities has also proved useful for a variety of other purposes, including guiding research, organizing ecological information, characterizing sites, and defining habitat for particular species.

GUIDE TO THE NATURAL COMMUNITIES OF NORTH CAROLINA

Books and publications recommended by George Ellison on North Carolina’s natural heritage:

Exploring North Carolina’s Natural Areas: Parks, Nature Preserves, and Hiking Trails (UNC Press, 2000) edited by Dirk Frakenberg, is a collection of 36 Tour Guides divided among the coastal, coastal plain, piedmont and the mountains. 

Wildflowers and Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachians  and  Waterfalls and Wildflowers in the Southern Appalachians: Thirty Great Hikes (UNC Press) by Timothy P. Spira


**Appalachian Indian Trails by Lamar Marshall

Three hundred years ago, the southern Appalachians were home to the sovereign Cherokee Nation. Over fifty towns and settlements were connected by a well-worn system of foot trails, some of which later became wagon roads turnpiked by Cherokee turnpike companies. This Indian trail system, which climaxed around 1800, was the blueprint for the basic circuitry of the region’s modern road and interstate system.

Stagnant European economies and the discovery of new natural resources sparked competitive world markets that led to wars between nations to procure land, gold, furs and slaves from North America.  By the 1700’s, the British, French and Spanish were fighting for control of the modern Southeast.   Continue reading


Are You Bear Smart? Living Responsibly in Bear Country

Wednesday, May 30  Socializing: 5:30PM Programming: 6:00PM

Location: Posana Cafe, 1 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801

If you live in WNC, you have probably seen a bear in the wild while hiking and you might have encountered one in you own backyard. Bear have even been spotted in downtown Asheville!

Asheville Green Drinks will team up with the Bear Education and Resources Task Force (B.E.A.R) of the Western North Carolina Alliance for a bear preparedness program.  Come out to learn more about how to keep bear out of your trashcans and how to stay safe in the wild.

Presenter Debbie Lassiter will host this free program to share practical advice on living responsibly in bear country and reducing human/bear conflicts.

Socializing: 5:30PM Programming: 6:00PM

Location: Posana Cafe, 1 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801 (directions)

Thank you to our weekly host and sponsor Posana Cafe, a 3-star certified Green Restaurant! We encourage you to support their efforts by ordering drinks and/or food at Green Drinks’ programs. Just make sure to tip your server or bartender and come a little early if ordering food.

Join Posana for lunch Tuesday through Friday 11am – 3 pm, Weekend Brunch, Saturday & Sunday 9am – 3pm and Dinner Tuesday through Sunday 5 pm – 9 pm.  You can visit their menu online and view lunch, dinner, weekend brunch and dessert offerings.


#Explore Historic Western North Carolina in the Blue Ridge Mountains 

The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area is dotted with small towns and cities with downtowns and neighborhoods that have been officially designated as Historic Districts in North Carolina.  Some of these quaint small Appalachian towns began as post-Revolutionary War settlements.  Others evolved from 19th-century farm communities or as a direct result of the coming of the railroad to Western North Carolina after the Civil War.


Guides to WNC’s Diverse Natural Wonders of the Southern Blue Ridge

At 250 million years of age, the Appalachians are now passing through the mature phase that such violently uplifted terrain experiences as it erodes and becomes extraordinarily diverse in two regards: plant life and distinctive natural communities.

Those benchmarks apply to the entire range from the Gaspe Peninsula in Canada to the foothills of Alabama. But the greatest diversity, in both regards, is attained in the Southern Blue Ridge Province, which extends from just south of Roanoke in Virginia to Mount Oglethorpe in north Georgia, encompassing portions of east Tennessee, Western North Carolina and northwest South Carolina.  Continue reading


The Astronomy Club of Asheville Sky Calendar

The Astronomy Club of Asheville is a501(c)3, non-profit organization that is open to visitors and is dedicated to helping people understand and enjoy astronomy at all levels of interest. No equipment is needed to participate.  Many of us have one or more telescopes and either observe or image or both. Some of us observe using only binoculars or our unaided eyes. But all of us love the night sky, and we enjoy both learning more about it and sharing our knowledge of it with others.                      Click here for Meeting and Star Gazes


Friends of the Smokies Presents “Books to Take Backpacking”

History, poetry, and children’s literature inspired by the Great Smoky Mountains will be featured in “Books to Take Backpacking,” presented by the Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Historian Margaret Brown, poet Thomas Rain Crowe, and children’s author Ann Clayton will read from their works at 3 p.m.Sunday, April 15, at Malaprop’s Bookstore and Café, 55 Haywood St in downtown Asheville. This “Writers at Home” event will encourage and inspire stewardship of the Great Smoky Mountains, and is free and open to the public.

 


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