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EarthShare NC is launching a  Green Team Roundtable this September in Charlotte. Employee Green Teams are comprised of volunteers who engage employees in their company in sustainability activities, and in some cases drive the creation of corporate goals. The Roundtable will bring together Green Team representatives to share successes and best practices, discuss common challenges, and collaborate on solutions.

Attendees of the first meeting will design the structure for future roundtable meetings. The event is hosted by Wells Fargo and is invitation only. To receive an invitation, email 
EarthShare NC was represented at the  EarthShare National Annual Meeting by Executive Director Heather Beard and Outreach and Engagement Director Allison Harrison. The two presented on EarthShare NC's newest programs, Corporate Forums and Corporate Earth Day Events. Heather has also been appointed to the National Board.


Congratulations to  HBO for winning the EarthShare National Campaign Award!
Sound Rivers was formed by the merger of the Neuse and Pamlico-Tar River Foundations, two of the oldest conservation organizations in North Carolina. Sound Rivers continues the mission and purpose of both previous organizations, to monitor, protect and enhance the Neuse and Tar-Pamlico Rivers and watersheds. The Neuse and Tar-Pamlico watersheds comprise 12,000+ square miles and include the Pamlico Sound, the second largest estuary in the United States. Check out their new website and like their new Facebook page .

MountainTrue i s the new name for Western NC Alliance , Environmental and Conservation Organization, and the Jackson-Macon Conservation Alliance. The three organizations each have deep roots and strong histories in tackling local and regional issues in Western NC. Together they create a new voice for environmental advocacy for NC's beautiful mountain communities. You can visit  their website.

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Altapass Facebook
The Orchard at Altapass Wins Permanent Protection

Conservation Trust of North Carolina  (CTNC)   recently protected the Orchard at Altapass, ensuring that the land will remain a working apple orchard and vibrant Blue Ridge Parkway visitor destination long into the future. CTNC and the NC Clean Water Management Trust Fund purchased conservation agreements (easements) on the 125-acre orchard that will ensure its permanent preservation. The Orchard, nestled below the Parkway between mileposts 328 and 329, lies within more than 3,500 acres that CTNC has already protected.

T he orchard is open from early May through October, hosting approximately 50,000 visitors who can enjoy musical performances and clogging; experience Revolutionary War history and local storytelling; purchase fresh apples, fudge and ice cream; and take part in hayrides and environmental education activities. The property contains a portion of the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, the route walked by patriot militia to the pivotal Revolutionary War battle at Kings Mountain.

"We're absolutely thrilled that all of the 'good stuff' at the Orchard at Altapass - the apple trees, music and dance hall, scenic vistas, hiking trails, and values of the community - will be protected for future generations to enjoy," said Orchard at Altapass co-owner Bill Carson.


For more information about th e CTNC's work, visit .


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Mountains to Sea Trail Celebrates Newly Opened Trail Segments

Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail (FMST)  celebrated the opening of the Onslow Bight and Jacksonville segment of the N.C. Coastal Crescent Trail in four cities including Jacksonville, Burgaw, Roseboro, and White Lake. This 91-mile segment takes MST travelers through the Onslow Bight, formed where the coast makes a shallow bend or "bight" between Cape Lookout and Cape Fear. From Jacksonville, the trail winds over to Stella, before the segment ends on the White Oak River, giving hikers a chance to see all that the Onslow-Pender portion of the North Carolina coast line has to offer. 

Kate Dixon, FMST Executive Director, stated "The Carolina Bay Country Segment of the trail will allow hikers to explore one of the most diverse and intriguing ecological areas in the nation as well as Harmony Hall, a Revolutionary War site, and the resort community of White Lake."

The ro ute navigates public lands that provide habitat for many rare and endangered plants and animals. The pocosins (wetlands) and longleaf pine forests are critical homes for nesting and foraging red-cockaded woodpeckers, while the barrier islands are essential  nesting  habitat for sea turtles and water birds.

Dixon hopes to draw millions of visitors per year, whether they are weekend backpackers or more dedicated hikers setting out to complete the whole journey. "Towns on the trail will see economic benefits associated with the trail," Dixon said. New jobs may be created, while current jobs will be supported by the flow of people into the towns. Towns may enjoy reliable tourist spending, increased property values, and an easier time recruiting and keeping businesses.

Find the downloadable guide of the Coastal Crescent trail with turn-by-turn directions hereDon't forget to check out FMST's other recent trail development including the Neuse River Greenway Trail , which the City of Raleigh celebrated in June.
From Festival for the Eno 2014
Summer Events: Mark Your Calendars


Join  NC Coastal Federation for their 2015 Coastal Cruise Series. This year's program features Marsh and Shelling Cruises and departs from Swansboro. Cruises are 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, and August 5, 12, 19. For more information and RSVP, visit NCCF's website

Eno River Association will be hosting their 36th annual Festival for the Eno on July 4th and 5th at West Point on the Eno in Durham City Park. Please visit their event website for details.

Piedmont Land Conservancy will host Dan River Paddle in beautiful Stokes County. Enjoy a summer paddle on Saturday, July 11th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. More information on PLC's event page.

Save the Date for SEEDS' Harvest Dinner on September 25th at 6:00 p.m. in The Pavilion at Durham Central Park. For inquiries contact

See the calendar in the sidebar for more events!
ESNC Member Events:
See all events on our  ESNC Member Event Google Calendar


7/4 & 7/5: Festival for the Eno with Eno River Assocation. Details

7/11, 7/13, 7/20, 7/25, 8/1, 8/8, 8/10, 8/15, 8/17, 8/22: Friends of the Mountain to Sea Trail workdays. See their calendar

7/15: Plant Identification hike in Sanford with TLC. More info

7/16 & 8/20: Rhythm & Brews with MountainTrue in Hendersonville. Details.

7/17 & 8/23: Summer Paddle Series with LTCNC  in Ellerbe and on the Daniel Boone Heritage Canoe Trail. 

7/17-7/18 : Volunteer with MountainTrue at the "Burning CAN Beer Fest" in Brevard. See details

7/21 : End Hunger Now, Durham with SEEDs. Details

8/8: Jones Island Kayak/Yoga trip with NCCF in Cedar Point. More info

Legislative Wrap-Ups: 7/23 - Hendersonville, 7/30 - Asheville, 7/31 - Franklin. More and RSVP

Bird nesting season is in full swing from May through August and many of your favorite birds will rely on you to share the beach this summer.


Audubon's Tips to Share the Beach: 

Respect protected areas and signs.

- Avoid disturbing groups of birds that are nesting or feeding.

- Always keep your dog on a leash and away from the birds.

- Please don't leave trash or fishing line on the beach.

- Take reusable drink containers instead of plastic bottles. Many bottle caps get left on the beach.


Visit Audubon NC's full article on how you can take small simple actions to help protect their nesting habitat, so you can help them raise the next generation!

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