Register by July 31 for Our Wild NC Wilderness Challenge

The Sierra Club Explore Our Wild North Carolina program is an opportunity to get out and explore some of the great natural treasures in our state. You may participate in organized outings or on your own. The record is an honor system but please have someone at the site initial your record and tell them about the program. When you have finished all 14 areas bring the record to your local Sierra Club meeting or email to OurWildNC@gmail.com to receive your award.

To register and receive a free Wilderness Explore patch, sign up at http://www.ourwildnc.org/the-challenge by July 31st!

Wilderness Explorer Patch

For additional information, go to http://charlottesierraclub.org/outings/30-years-of-nc-wilderness/ and http://www.ourwildnc.org/.

Have a great adventure!

North Carolina Wilderness Areas:

Birkhead Mountains Wilderness

Ellicott Rock Wilderness

Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness

Linville Gorge Wilderness

Middle Prong Wilderness

Shining Rock Wilderness

Southern Nantahala Wilderness

Swanquarter Wilderness / Lake Mattamuskeet Area *

Catfish Lake South Wilderness / Pocosin Wilderness / Pond Pine Wilderness /Sheep Ridge Wilderness / Croatan National Forest *

Craggy Mountain Wilderness Study Area

Harper Creek Wilderness Study Area

Lost Cove Wilderness Study Area

Overflow Wilderness Study Area

Snowbird Wilderness Study Area

* Due to limited accessibility, a visit and activity in any of these areas qualifies for the program.

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Happy 40th Birthday Mecklenburg Park and Rec!

Thanks to all the great Park & Rec staff that work so hard to preserve, protect and help us enjoy our natural treasures!

Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Celebrates 40 Years of ‘Recreating All Year’

July is a BIG month for your Park and Recreation Department. The department will recognize National Park and Recreation Month and celebrate its 40th birthday!

Help celebrate by enjoying a new activity this month:

  • Visit a park or nature preserve
  • Take a run or ride your bike on a greenway
  • Participate in a recreation or fitness center program
  • Tee off at one of five Park and Rec golf courses, or try disc golf at one of our 15 courses
  • Cool off at the Aquatic Center, Ray’s Splash Planet, an outdoor pool or sprayground
  • Go camping at McDowell Nature Preserve – don’t forget the s’mores!
  • Hit the lakes and launch your boat at one of our many launches or rent a canoe at Latta Plantation Nature Preserve
  • Go mountain biking – we’ve got over 40 miles of trails just for you and your bike
  • Go fishing in any of our lakes or ponds. With over 27 miles of shoreline and numerous fishing piers, you will find a favorite spot.
  • Visit a Historic Site and learn about Mecklenburg’s past
  • And so much more!

Visit www.parkandrec.com to learn more.

 

 

 

 

July 23rd Monthly Meeting: Outdoor Treasures of Mecklenburg County

Outdoor Treasures

Please join us on Wednesday July 23rd for a presentation on the Outdoor Treasures of Mecklenburg County.

Stephen Hutchinson, Nature Center Manager at Latta Plantation, will present on the abundant resources of Mecklenburg Parks and Recreation Department. You will be delighted to learn about such great opportunities as kayak tours, canoe rentals, horseback riding, tractor drawn hay rides, cowboy style campfire dinners, Segway adventure tours, GPS treasure hunts, hiking, camping, and more – all nearby.

As usual our meeting is at the Mahlon Adams Pavilion in Freedom Park. It begins at 6:30pm with free pizza, followed by a short business meeting, and then the formal presentation.

Parking is free. All are welcome. We look forward to seeing you.

Linville Gorge – 7.5 Mile Hike (Strenuous), Aug 3

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August 3rd (Sunday). Note: This is the reschedule of the rained out hike that was scheduled for June 8:

Linville Gorge Wilderness 7 ½ mile hike on the Conley Cove and Linville Gorge Trails. We will explore the scenic Conley Cove and Linville Gorge trails and the Linville River. The rhododendrons are likely to be in bloom which should make the natural beauty of the gorge even more spectacular. The trails are rugged and are unblazed, so the group will need to stay together. This hike is strenuous and is for fit, experienced hikers with sturdy comfortable closed toe footwear. Hiking boots or closed toe hiking sandals are recommended. We will stop periodically to admire the scenery. Please bring a minimum of ½ gallon of water and any food necessary to maintain energy for this hike. We will take a break for lunch and/or a snack at the half-way point. After the hike, we plan to stop at Wiseman’s View which is one of the more dramatic viewing points in the wilderness. Total hike time 4 hours plus breaks and a half hour at Wiseman’s View total approximately 6 hours. If we start at 10 AM, we should be finished around 4 – 5 PM depending on pace and length of breaks. Contact David Underwood at 704-675-2390

IMPORTANT: Group Size is limited to 10 people (Forest Service Rule for Wilderness Areas) We currently have 2 signed up. When we reach the 10 person limit I will note it below.

Liability Waiver: All participants on Sierra Club outings are required to sign a standard liability waiver. If you would like to read the liability waiver before you choose to participate in an outing, download a copy at NC Sierra Club Sign In Waiver

Outings Leader Training at Hanging Rock State Park–Aug 22-24–REGISTRATION IS OPEN!

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Hi Everyone,

We are excited to announce that registration for the upcoming Outings Leader Training (OLT) Weekend at Hanging Rock State Park is NOW OPEN! Space is limited and the registration deadline is Wednesday August 6th.

Training will include:

  • The Sierra Club Outdoor Leadership Training OLT201 (advanced OLT, this is required training to lead an overnight outing away from cars)
  • Basic First Aid (required of all Sierra Club Outings Leaders–you will receive a first aid card from ASHI good for two years at completion of the weekend)
  • Camping/Backpacking Skills
  • Special presentation by Recreation Specialist, Trevor Hudspeth (NOLS Wilderness EMT and NC EMT) on Wilderness Survival Skills!

Visit our Outings Calendar and on our Outings Resources | North Carolina Chapter for more information and the link for registration (via Eventbrite). There is a working document on our Outings Resource page that has additional details about the weekend.

Please note that we will not be teaching OLT101 this weekend–which is required for all Outings Leaders and must be renewed every 4 years. Outings Leaders (or Outings Leaders In-Training) that need to renew or take their OLT101 requirement should do so online prior to the training. Links and info are included in the announcements.

There will be some classroom instruction but we will be also be doing quite a bit of “on the trail” teaching/learning. It’s going to be a great time–we hope many of you will be able to make it!!!

-NC Chapter Outings Committee

Sign Up Now for “Explore Our Wild NC Challenge”!

Sign up today for the “Explore Our Wild NC Challenge”! North Carolina has some great Wilderness and Wilderness Study Areas. Why not plan to visit and experience all these great sites in the coming year? Check out the Sierra Club Our Wild NC website for information about all of these beautiful NC treasures.

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Sign up today for the “Explore Our Wild NC Challenge”! The sign up period ends July 31st.

 

Stop the Invasive Invasion at Evergreen Nature Preserve – July 12th

Stop the Invasive Invasion at Evergreen Nature Preserve – July 12th

Preserve Our Preserves Service Outing

Saturday, July 12, 2014

9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Winterfield Elementary School

3100 Winterfield Pl, Charlotte, NC

For the last 2 years, The Central Piedmont Group of the Sierra Club has been engaged in invasive species removal  at Ribbon Walk Nature Preserve, and we have done such an outstanding job  the Parks and Recreation Department has asked us to do the same for Evergreen Nature Preserve. Invasive species, also called “introduced species”,” non-native” or “non-indigenous” are plants that adversely affect the habitats or bioregions they invade.  The invasive species dominate the region and crowd out native species which had previously provided habitat and food for birds and other wildlife.  There is a great sense of satisfaction that comes from clearing a section of forest of invasive vines and seeing the natural open landscape restored.  We would love to have you join us at Evergreen to pitch in and restore this little slice of nature right in the heart of East Charlotte.

What to bring: Wear sturdy shoes for work and walking. Bring a water bottle and a snack if you would like to nibble while you work. Work gloves recommended. Tools are provided but you are welcome to bring your own loppers, trowels, knives, etc.

Liability Waiver: All participants on Sierra Club outings are required to sign a standard liability waiver. If you would like to read the liability waiver before you choose to participate in an outing, download a copy at NC Sierra Club Sign In Waiver

For questions or more information. contact Outings Chair David Underwood at 704-675-2390 davidmunderwood@mail.com

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And for you Kudzu Killers that want to learn more about identifying invasive plants, here’s a resource recommended by Mary Lou Buck!

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New Uwharrie National Forest Recreation Guide Available Online

Uwharrie Map July 2014

A great resource for connecting with a beautiful area about an hour away from Charlotte. Check it out!

New Uwharrie National Forest Recreation Guide Available Online

TROY, N.C., June 30, 2014 – The U.S. Forest Service today unveiled the new recreation guide to the Uwharrie National Forest.

Click here to access the new guide.

The Uwharrie National Forest Recreation Guide serves as the primary informational source for recreation in the national forest. The new guide gives visitors the information they need to have an enjoyable visit in the 50,000-acre forest in North Carolina’s piedmont. The guide offers general information about the forest, as well as special features about the Uwharrie National Recreation Trail and camping. The publication provides details on where visitors can engage in activities such as horse riding, off-highway vehicle riding, mountain biking and more. The guide also includes safety tips and a colorful map.

Hard copies of the Uwharrie National Forest Recreation Guide will be available at the Uwharrie Ranger District office beginning in mid-to-late August. The office is located at 789 NC 24/27 East, Troy, NC 27371.

For more information about the Uwharrie National Forest and the other three national forests in North Carolina, visit www.fs.usda.gov/nfsnc.

July 12 – Evergreen Nature Preserve Service Outing

Join us next weekend, Saturday July 12th, for a fun day of service, getting outdoors, and meeting new folks! Check out some photos from last month’s service outing (click on photo below) and I’m sure you’ll want to experience this beautiful Mecklenburg County resource.

Evergreen Nature Preserve

Preserve Our Preserves Service Outing

Saturday, July 12, 2014

9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Winterfield Elementary School

3100 Winterfield Pl, Charlotte, NC

For the last 2 years, The Central Piedmont Group of the Sierra Club has been engaged in invasive species removal  at Ribbon Walk Nature Preserve, and we have done such an outstanding job  the Parks and Recreation Department has asked us to do the same for Evergreen Nature Preserve. Invasive species, also called “introduced species”,” non-native” or “non-indigenous” are plants that adversely affect the habitats or bioregions they invade.  The invasive species dominate the region and crowd out native species which had previously provided habitat and food for birds and other wildlife.  There is a great sense of satisfaction that comes from clearing a section of forest of invasive vines and seeing the natural open landscape restored.  We would love to have you join us at Evergreen to pitch in and restore this little slice of nature right in the heart of East Charlotte.

What to bring: Wear sturdy shoes for work and walking. Bring a water bottle and a snack if you would like to nibble while you work. Work gloves recommended. Tools are provided but you are welcome to bring your own loppers, trowels, knives, etc.

Liability Waiver: All participants on Sierra Club outings are required to sign a standard liability waiver. If you would like to read the liability waiver before you choose to participate in an outing, download a copy at NC Sierra Club Sign In Waiver

For questions or more information. contact Outings Chair David Underwood at 704-675-2390 davidmunderwood@mail.com

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Take Action: Help Kids and Families Get Healthy Outdoors

Speak out today to help connect youth with the outdoors!

To find out more about our Sierra Club Inspiring Connections Outdoors (formerly Inner City Outings) program check out website or contact our ICO Chair Karan Barber.

Take Action: Help Kids and Families Get Healthy Outdoors

Take Action: Help Kids and Families Get Healthy Outdoors

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that children engage in 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day. Research shows that youth who have nearby access to parks and nature are more likely to get outdoors and be physical fit than those living in park poor communities.

Time in nature has also been shown to reduce stress and anxiety and improve overall mental health. Regardless of where kids live, every single one of them deserves the chance to explore and enjoy nature.

Take Action
Tell your representative to support the Healthy Kids Outdoors Act to help states create strategies to get our kids active, healthy, and outdoors.