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NOVEMBER EARTHSHARE NC E-NEWS
In This Issue
ON THE HOMEFRONT
Welcome to our newest Workplace Partner!

Thanks to the Local Government Federal Credit Union for hosting an employee giving campaign and partnering with EarthShare NC to support our Member nonprofits. Please consider supporting EarthShare NC through YOUR workplace giving program. Don't have a giving campaign? Contact us to find out how to start one.
Campout! Carolina

Campout! Carolina, ESNC's Statewide Campout, was a big hit again this year. Thank you to the almost 5,000 people who registered to camp October 10-12! We received many stories of creative "camp-ins" when the weekend turned out to be rainy. Whether it's a sunny day or a rainy day, we love how nature helps bring people together. Below are some of the award-winning photos from the REI Photo Contest. See all the photo entries on the Campout! Carolina Flickr site.

L to R: Best Sunset, Kira D, Ft Fisher; Best Iconic Camping Image, Bryce M, Linville Gorge; Best Nature Photo, Rebecca D., Girl Scout Camp Mu-Sha-Ni, Jackson Springs.

Business Competitiveness and a Thriving North Carolina

September 24th, Piedmont area businesses and EarthShare NC nonprofits came together at Proximity Hotel to discuss how a healthy NC is good for business. At the forum, titled "Business Competitiveness and a Thriving North Carolina," the group began discussing opportunities to work together to keep NC a thriving place to live and work. The keynote speaker was Dennis Quaintance (Proximity Hotel); panelists were Dan Meyer (Accenture), David Craft (Craft Insurance), and Brian Buzby (NC Conservation Network). Thanks to everyone who made this event a success--especially the sponsors below.
YOUR DOLLARS AT WORK
NC Big Sweep Collects Trash and Treasure

During September and October, North Carolina Big Sweep participants collected litter in almost every NC county. Volunteers were in charge of picking up litter and sorting it between recyclables and waste. Volunteers in Charlotte-Mecklenburg alone collected almost 700 bags of litter, as well as 63 tires, a bounce house, and an old fashioned typewriter! Remember to sign up for Big Sweep next year to see what kind of trash and treasure you can help collect. See more at www.ncbigsweep.org, or ask us about supporting a clean NC year round through your local river and land protection agencies.

 

Success! Red Wolf Protection

 

Southern Environmental Law Center earned a major victory for the protection of endangered red wolves. It is now illegal to hunt coyotes in Eastern North Carolina due to the proximity of the world's only wild population of 100 endangered red wolves. SELC has been pushing for this ban since six wolves were shot and killed during a six week period. The ban on coyote hunting will better protect this nearly extinct species. Click here to read more

SELC uses the power of the law to champion all the things you love about the South: clean water, healthy air, mountains, forests, rural countryside, and the coast. Their priority projects include water quality in North Carolina, smart growth and development in the Southeast, and renewable energy. You can follow their priority projects here.

 

 

Land Jam 2014 Rocks the Piedmont

Piedmont Land Conservancy held their annual Land Jam October 17th at the Historic Carolina Theater in Greensboro, featuring North Carolina bluegrass artists Laurelyn Dossett, Mipso, and Steep Canyon Rangers. Piedmont Land Conservancy has protected over 30,000 acres of land in the Piedmont Triad. The donations from this year's Land Jam will help protect many more. 

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Photo of Tasha from CTR
Orange Stripes on the Silver Screen  

Carolina Tiger Rescue (CTR) hosted their two-day Wildlife FilmFest in late September. The films featured animals big and small, including elephants, penguins, bugs--and of course, big cats! Profits from the event will help feed the tigers, lions, bobcats, and other animals who are cared for in the CTR sanctuary. 

CTR just rescued two new tigers and welcomes volunteers to help take care of these magnificent cats. Contact us to set up a volunteer opportunity, and see their Facebook page for gorgeous snapshots.
LOOKING AHEAD
November/December Events:
Mark Your Calendars

11/8 Fishing Creek Fall Hike, Tar River Land Conservancy, Hollister

11/9 Autumn Leaves Outing, LandTrust for Central NC, Asheboro

11/15 Oyster Roast, Pamlico-Tar River Foundation, Washington

11/22 Oyster Roast & Lowcountry Boil, NC Coastal Federation, Greensboro
 
12/2 #GIVINGTUESDAY. See our Facebook Page for information about supporting conservation during the holiday season.

 12/7 Calendar Celebration, Eno River Association, Durham
Thanks to Zach Wellman for contributing to this edition of E-News.

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SUSTAINABILITY CORNER
Autumn Tips:
 
  • Post Spook Seeding

    Fill up your Jack-o-lantern with seeds to make a natural bird feeder. Animals love pumpkin seeds almost as much as we do. (From the
    The Cornell Lab)
     
  • Pressed Leaves
    If you love the colors of fall, try to capture them! Place leaves between two pieces of wax paper, place a towel on top and, carefully using an iron, seal the leaves in the wax! This will ensure they stay colorful longer for home decorations and crafting fun. 
     
  • Buy Fresh, Buy Local
    It's harvest season! This means prime time for apple picking, and farmers markets. Search here to find your local farms and farmers markets to make a healthy fresh meal straight from the field. Plus, your local farmers may be great resources for delicious recipes. 
     

  • Thankful for clean water, places to play, and healthy air?

    #GivingTuesday is December 2

    Consider giving the gift of conservation.
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