* Save the Box Creek Wilderness – Dec Update

Where Things Stand: Condemnation Case

On October 1, a Superior Court judge dismissed Rutherford Electric Membership Corporation’s proceeding to condemn a power line right of way through Box Creek Wilderness. Citing due process and statutory considerations, the judge ruled that Rutherford Electric could not proceed with its petition in Rutherford County to condemn an easement through the McDowell County portion of Box Creek Wilderness. REMC’s separate petition to condemn a right of way through an additional 600 acres in McDowell County is still pending and the fight to protect and preserve Box Creek Wilderness continues.

Mark Schmerling Photography in Box Creek Wilderness

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In November, environmental photographer Mark Schmerling spent a day exploring and photographing Box Creek Wilderness with BCW Land Manager Barry Ellenburg. The result was a gorgeous collection of photos from this unique, beautiful natural area. Schmerling uses his photography to educate the public on social and environmental issues. Thanks to Mark for his wonderful photos from Box Creek Wilderness.

Announcing: Box Creek Wilderness Road Race – January 4

We are proud to be the official sponsor of a brand new road race! The Box Creek Wilderness 5K Run/Walk and 10K Run will be presented by the Union Mills Learning Center on Saturday, January 4, 2013.

Come run or walk with us!

Registration will open at 8:30am. The 5K Run/Walk will begin at 10:00am and the 10K Run will begin at 12:00pm at 6495 Hudlow Road, Union Mills, NC. Proceeds of the race go to benefit the Union Mills Learning Center, Inc. Route descriptions and an online version of the race registration form are available on the Union Mills Learning Center website.

Participants can register for the 5K Run/Walk, the 10K run, or both. Mail-in registration forms must be postmarked by December 23. Shirts are guaranteed to all participants who pre-register.

  • 5K Run/Walk: $15 pre-registered, $20 race day, $10 kids 12 & under
  • 10K Run: $15 pre-registered, $20 race day
  • Double Race 5K+10K: $20 pre-registered, $25 race day

5K Description
Participants will start at Union Mills Learning Center on Hudlow Road, travel west towards Highway 221, turning left onto Coney Island Road, and then left onto Ferguson Ridge Road. At the dead end, runners will turn around and go back, ending the 5K at Union Mills Learning Center. Some hills, all pavement.

10K Description
Participants will start at Round Hill Church on Hudlow Road, traveling east
and turning left onto Box Creek Road. This scenic route will take runners
across the Second Broad River and alongside the CSX Railroad. At Hwy. 221,
runners will turn around and go back, ending the 10K at Union Mills Learning Center. This route contains some gradual incline, paved and gravel roads.

Awards will be given for Top Overall Male/Female (1st & 2nd); Top Male/Female in each age group; and a Finishers Award to all who complete both 5K & 10K.

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