RiverLink promotes the environmental and economic vitality of the French Broad River and its watershed as a place to live, learn,  work  and play.

A Word from our Executive Director

Thanks and Gratitude:

Please accept the deepest thanks and gratitude from our staff and board for supporting RiverLink in 2016 through a year of significant challenge and transition. We appreciate all that we accomplished in 2016 could not have been completed without your support of time, talent and financial resources. 2016 was also an anniversary year where we were able to celebrate the amazing work of our organization over the first 30 years and it was fitting that we were able to participate in honoring our founding Executive Director, Karen Cragnolin, on her retirement in August.

We have been reaching out to you over the past two months just to say “Thank you.”  We also started a monthly coffee to provide our generous supporters with the opportunity to join myself and our board to hear what is going on with the organization.  The next one will be on April 18 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at our offices at 170 Lyman Street.  Please drop in during those hours at your convenience.
Something new to talk about over a cup of coffee is the two newest members of our staff, R.J. Taylor and Renee Fortner. R.J. is the first Land Protection Manager in our history and will be overseeing our newly accredited Land Trust activities. Renee is not new to our organization and is currently serving out a year term as an Americorps Member.  At the completion of her term in July 2017, she will become the Watershed Resources Manager.

Finally, please donate here to continue supporting us as we move into the first year of the next 30 years. While we are under new leadership, we continue to dream boldly and we recognize that we have an enormous opportunity to grow our staff, build relationships and environmental initiatives, and replicate our successes throughout the watershed to continue to engage local communities to see the relationship between the environmental health of the French Broad River and economic potential of our region. We can only reach our lofty goals with your support.

Sincerely,

Garrett Artz, RiverLink Executive Director
Get Involved in April!
Spring is here and with that comes warmer weather to get out and support our work. Volunteer hours make a difference at our events, in meeting our grant-funded work requirements, and by simply helping to clean up the River.

We continue to conduct clean ups and invasive plant species removal throughout the 8 counties of the Watershed.  Please check out our website for an update on the latest workdays, including the March 29th workday at Malvern Hills Park in West Asheville.

Sign up to receive our volunteer digest for a calendar of workday events each month. 


 Ivy River Clean-up, late February    
RiverLink accepts the declaration awarding RiverLink Land Trust status
RiverLink's Land Trust Conserves Land to Improve Water Quality
RiverLink became a  nationally accredited land trust through the Land Trust Alliance in 2016. Receiving accreditation is an endorsement of the strength of our organization and that our board and staff uphold the highest ethical, financial, and legal standards as a nonprofit organization.  

RiverLink’s land protection priorities focus on land whose protection will positively impact water quality within the French Broad River Watershed. We accept conservation easements and donations of land to conserve vital properties into perpetuity so that future generations will enjoy the benefits of a clean and beautiful French Broad River Watershed.

Interested in learning more about our Land Trust Program? Contact Land Protection Manager, R.J. Taylor, rj@riverlink.org

Thank you to our Business Partners
Water We Doing in Education?
We had a busy winter of youth watershed education including braving the December chill for creek lessons, discussing the water cycle in classes, and even making an appearance on local news WLOS with Vance Elementary students.

Now we are shaking off the cold and jumping into a jam-packed spring and summer!

This year marks our  10th Annual Voices of the River Art and Poetry Contest, where PreK-12 grade students submit art and poetry in honor of Earth Day. We will recognize winning works, selected by local artists, at our Earth Day Kid's Festival at the Salvage Station on April 22.
Following the Earth Day Kid's Festival, students' art will be displayed at businesses throughout the watershed. Come out to the Festival or stop by one of the participating cafes to reflect on this year's theme "How are you connected to your watershed?"

French Broad RiverCamp, in its ninth year, has filled and we look forward to seeing the 48 campers on the river. We are grateful for the Duke Foundation and Huisking Foundation for supporting 11 need-based scholarships for camp this summer.
We are still looking for counselors for camp--if you know a college student who is passionate about the environment and loves working with children, send them our way.

To stay up to date on what we are doing in youth watershed education follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!
Talking stream health with Valley Springs Middle School
K. Baden, Asheville HS, 2016 Voices of the River Submission
French Broad RiverCampers enjoy rafting
Development Manager Suzanne Moore Accepting the check from Diamond Brand and Patagonia to RiverLink
RiverLink Excels in Online Diamond Brand Poll to Support Education Programs!
Special thanks to all of you for supporting us in an online poll for Diamond Brand Outdoors.  We excelled at the poll and received a $1,750 total award.  We will receive $1,500 from Patagonia and a $250 gift card from Diamond Brand Outdoors.

Thanks Adventure Center of Asheville for the generous donation!
Special thanks to Jeff & Sheena Greiner of the Adventure Center of Asheville and Jack & Becky Wise of Wildwater Ziplines for hosting Green Friday, an adventurous alternative to Black Friday on the day after Thanksgiving. These kind folks donated 50% of the day's sales to 4 area nonprofits, including RiverLink. In this picture, Jeff Greiner presents RiverLink Executive Director Garrett Artz a check for $1,000.

If you'd like to show support for RiverLink via a similar fundraiser, contact Suzanne Moore at suzanne@riverlink.org.

Jeff Greiner presents a check to  Executive Director Garrett Artz