One of our newer events that celebrates forest resources and conservation. Local and regional conservation organizations will be at the Cradle of forestry with exhibits and demonstrations that show innovative ways to conserve forest resources. This event presented by:
The Appalachian Woodlands Alliance (AWA) is a project of Rainforest Alliance and leading forest products industries that promotes good stewardship through increasing owner participation in scientific, sustainable forest management in the Southern and Central Appalachians. A successful and responsible timber harvest can provide income while supporting all the elements that make Appalachian forests beautiful, healthy, and productive, now and for future generations. AWA will discuss the steps that landowners can take while harvesting or managing their woodlands to protect, support, and even enhance the incredible conservation and wildlife values of our region.
10:00am to 4:00pm: Meet & Greet with Exhibitors (fun activities, free information and resources)
11:00am & 2:00pm: Guided forest walk led by Cradle of Forestry naturalists
12:00pm to 4:00pm: Authors and photographers Les and Janet Saucier, of Saucier Photography, will be signing copies of their new book “Mountain Blue, the Beauty and Grandeur of America’s Southern Appalachian Mountains”
1:00pm to 3:00pm: “May the Forest Be With You” Speaking Session at the Cradle’s Outdoor Amphitheater. Come learn about the latest and greatest concerning forest conservation, research, and management resources from a variety of forest experts.
SPEAKING SESSION SCHEDULE- Located in outdoor Amphitheater. (inside Perkin’s Room if raining)
1:00- The US Forest Service will give a brief update on the current Nantahala and Pisgah National Forest Plan Revision.
1:15- The NC Forest Service will share information on the programs they offer such as Forest Management Plans, Forestation services w/ cost-share programs, Prescribed burning, and Wildfire mitigation programs(Firewise, CPP, CWPP).
1:30-EcoForesters will discuss the various resources they offer as a non-profit professional forestry organization dedicated to conserving and restoring our Appalachian forests.
2:00- Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory will present on their observed long-term changes in temperature, precipitation, water quality and quantity with a presentation titled, “Our Mountain Climate and Environment: Impacts and Changes”.
2:15-The Hemlock Restoration Initiative will share an update on the current state of hemlock health and the various treatment and restoration methods available.
2:30-The Appalachian Woodlands Alliance will discuss the steps that landowners can take while harvesting or managing their woodlands to protect, support, and even enhance the incredible conservation and wildlife values of our region.
2:45-Oxbow River Snorkeling will share about freshwater conservation in the Southern Appalachians.
3:30 to 4:30: Film Screening of Hidden Rivers, a film on the vibrant yet little-known life of Southern Appalachian Rivers.
4:30 to 5:00: Panel Discussion with the Hidden Rivers filmmakers and partner organizations.
US Forest Service
Appalachian Woodlands Alliance
NC Forest Service
Hemlock Restoration Initiative
Coweeta Hydrolic Labratory
Oxbow River Snorkeling
The Pisgah Conservancy