We interrupt my travelogue through the Piedmont and Coastal Plains of North Carolina for an important message.
Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail has been working hard to convince the Asheville City Council to add Earth Share groups (including FMST) into its employee giving campaign. The Council is expected to vote on February 14th. The open meeting is at 4 P.M. in City Hall, room 209. Yes, Valentine’s Day!
EarthShare NC is a federation of national, state, and local environmental organizations, many of which are located or work here in Asheville and Buncombe County.
EarthShare NC has provided the workplace giving option for the environment in North Carolina for 20 years, raising over $7.5 million for programs to preserve clean air, safe drinking water, and in general, to promote a healthy environment for North Carolina residents. EarthShare NC is part of more than 100 workplace giving campaigns in North Carolina including those of Orange, Wake and Guilford counties and Durham City, Chapel Hill, Raleigh and Greensboro.
Two groups that are vital to the Asheville community and that I support include:
Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy has saved and bought thousands of acres of land in Hickory Nut Gorge. Without CMLC, the gorge would be a mess of high-priced houses. Even worse in this economy, the land would have been razed, cut up and left for dead and there wouldn’t have been any houses at all.
Friends of the Mountains-Sea Trail supports the MST. We’ve all seen the iconic white circles on the Blue Ridge Parkway. This is the MST, our state trail that goes from Clingmans Dome in the Smokies to Jockey’s Ridge State Park. The trail is built, maintained and blazed only with the help of thousands of volunteers. We’re blessed that in the mountains, the MST is almost continuous for 300 miles but we need the support of Friends of the MST.
Adding Earthshare is a natural partnership for Asheville, given the City’s focus on sustainability and environmental protection, and this opportunity comes at a time when the environmental non-profit needs your help. Asheville depends on its mountains and trails to attract visitors.
I hope you will support the recommendation for a
combined campaign when the issue comes before Council next week. Here are council email addresses:
Mayor Terry Bellamy – email@example.com
Vice Mayor Esther Manheimer – firstname.lastname@example.org
Cecil Bothwell – email@example.com
Jan Davis – firstname.lastname@example.org
Marc Hunt – email@example.com
Chris Pelly – firstname.lastname@example.org
Now, if you are so moved, please send a personalized email to our Asheville Council members. What better present to your sweetheart on Valentines’ Day!
But what is this picture of Pilot Mountain doing up there? Stay tuned for more MST news!