October 22nd, 2020 -
In an era when things feel more divided than ever, it's a relief to know the Carolina Thread Trail is weaving us together. The "ribbon of green" encompasses 300 miles across 15 counties, two states, and 2.9 million people.
"We preserve green space for the benefit of all," says Bart Landess, Executive Director of the Catawba Lands Conservancy, which leads the Carolina Thread Trail initiative. "It's an effort to assure that everyone in our region has access to nature and to places of interest without the need for car travel."
In 2019, Charlotte ranked fifth in U.S. population growth and is projected to lose a quarter of its forest land by 2025. The Thread Trail is an effort to balance development with conservation and ensure that people from all socioeconomic levels have access to greenways.
Everyone Has a Voice
When the Catawba Lands Conservancy began leading the Carolina Thread Trail effort 13 years ago, they used a community conservation model to ensure that...
October 15th, 2020 -
Most passports are collecting dust, buried in a box or drawer, but Anne Springs Close Greenway (ASCG), a 2,100 acre nature preserve, now offers a trail passport detailing all their 36 miles of multi-use trails and gives a description along with other popular points of interest for local adventure seekers to explore. So grab a trail passport and like so many new visitors during this pandemic, find a new trail at ASCG. Take the 25th anniversary hiking challenge and complete all trails in the passport by the end of 2020 to earn a completion certificate and get a free t-shirt. ASCG is committed to conservation through educational and recreational opportunities for the whole community, and volunteers served over 11,904 hours in support of the Greenway in 2019. If you’re interested in experiencing the Greenway for yourself, here’s
Where to Start
Their most accessible trails are located at their Lake Haigler entrance, but you can enter through their other three major entrances as well....
October 9th, 2020 -
Written by Amy Andrews
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden (DSBG) holds a special place in the hearts of Carolinians as a place to reconnect with nature and create cherished memories with family and friends.
Michelle Spreitzer, Director of Development for DSBG, shared “it is important to us to express our sincere appreciation to our members and donors for their understanding and support during the time that we had to be closed.” She added, “We are grateful that the response has been so positive and that people feel safe to be back at the garden.”
DSBG is thrilled to be open to the public again and to share its charming outdoor haven with the community. They are currently open from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.
DSBG is hard at work creating their annual Holiday Lights installation, after announcing last week that their popular Chinese Lantern festival has been cancelled. “Our members have been so understanding of issues beyond our control,” said Spreitzer.
October 1st, 2020 -
Air and water pollution, global warming, and wildfires are just a few of the environmental issues that we are facing right now as a globe.
The GOOD news is that there are nonprofits working every day not only to protect and improve our environment here locally, but to go the step further and educate our community about the importance of being environmentally conscious. Small changes at a local level can lead to a bigger impact for our globe if communities around the world all do their part. So, let’s do ours.
In October, we will be turning our #SpotlightOnCLT on our nonprofit partners who work to protect and conserve our environment as well as those that serve to educate our community about the environment and renewable, sustainable energy.
Learn more about how these organizations and how YOU can support their work, below.
BONUS GOOD: You can VOTE NOW for one of these incredible organizations to take home this month’s Spotlight Series $5K courtesy of the Amy and...