Volunteers Bring Hope & Trail Skills to Earth Day

By Katey Schultz

“Trails are like the highways of the Earth,” says Jarroh Passanisi, an 8th grade volunteer on Earth Day, 2017. Clouds gather and part around the summit of Mt. Mitchell, high above this trail crew workstation in Pisgah National Forest, where NC High Peaks Trail Association has partnered with students and staff from Arthur Morgan School for a day of work and good cheer. “I actually prefer trail work to hiking,” Jarroh continues. “It means that more people can come here and enjoy it.”

High Peaks MEMBERS ONLY Wildflower Stroll on Saturday, April 29 Not a Member? Join Now!

High Peaks members will have an opportunity to join a wildflower stroll led by Tal Galton of Snakeroot Ecotours, an expert on our local flora and fauna (https://www.snakerootecotours.com).  The stroll will be limited to two groups of 12 each and will take place on private land near Celo.  The stroll is less then one mile round trip, and includes a short ascent at the beginning of the excursion.  This event will take place on Saturday, April 29.  The first group will leave from the Rose’s parking lot in Burnsville at 8:30 AM.  South Toe members

NC High Peaks Board Meeting, Thursday April 20

Please join the High Peaks board members this Thursday for our regular Board meeting.  Have a cup of coffee with us at Appalachian Java while we discuss hiking plans, our upcoming trail work on Earth Day with the Arthur Morgan School at Black Mountain Campground and other issues.  Meeting begins at 9 am.  Hope to see you there!

High Peaks Trail Work Weekend, April 7, 8 and 9

NOTE:  Due to poor weather on Friday we will not be working on that day.  However all the other events noted below will take place.


High Peaks Leads Roan High Knob Hikes April 1

Join the NC High Peaks Trail Association Saturday, April 1 for one of two hikes on the Appalachian Trail that will summit Roan High Knob, one of the region’s signature peaks.

The more challenging hike will start at Carver’s Gap, proceed over the Roan High Knob and then descend steeply to Hughes Gap. The overall distance is 6.6 miles and the hike is rated as very strenuous, mainly because it includes a descent of about 2,000 feet, which can be punishing on the knees.

Birding Stroll - Green Knob Fire Tower


HP Birders General Meeting

       Bill Jones, founder and president of Carolina Native Nursery on Prices Creek Road, has agreed to take time out from his busy spring schedule to present a talk to our membership called, Native Plants For Birds. This is an excellent opportunity to talk to an expert about native plants and birds and how they interact. Learn what to plant this spring and summer at your house or place of business.

First Birding Stroll of 2017

       Join us on Saturday, March 25th at Cane River Park, 9am, for our first Birding Stroll of the year. The bird population at the park is already changing quickly as migrants begin to move through and summer residents arrive to breed. Recent reports at the park include Wood Duck and Wilson's Snipe.

OWLS Meeting

The next OWLS Meetings will be held on Tuesday, March 21, 9am at Appalachian Java. Our meetings are open to all High Peaks Birders members. If you receive this Newsletter you are a member. If you are interested in helping us organize birding activities this spring and summer, you are welcome to attend. Our meetings are fun and informative and last an hour or an hour and a half. We hope to see you in the "nest" on March 21. For more information: birds@nchighpeaks.org

High Peaks Spring Work Days at Black Mountain Campground, POSTPONED! to April 7, 8 and 9

Due to weather conditions we have decided to POSTPONE our work weekend at Black Mountain Camptround to April 7 through 9 (Friday through Sunday).  The plan is still the same but the weather should be better!



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