Today is Giving Tuesday. You know that because you’ve been inundated with requests from nonprofits all across the country.
Right now, Western North Carolina needs your money more than ever. At no time is this poster more appropriate.
Our public lands are burning. Great Smoky Mountains National Park is now closed. The park folks have closed everything because of the wild fires. I don’t know if they’ve ever done this before. Even Park Headquarters is without power and phone service.
But we’re all interconnected here. The Appalachian Trail travels for over seventy miles through the Smokies. The Mountains-to-Sea Trail across North Carolina starts on Clingmans Dome in the Smokies. All of these lands need our help.
At this point our Congress doesn’t even have a budget past December 9. So it’s not going to put any extra money into our public lands. I’m just hoping that Congress will go back to work and pass a budget.
But we’re not helpless. We need to support Friends groups that support the trail. There are so many of them in our area. Choose one and donate your money today. Plan to donate your time and effort on a regular basis.
Don’t wait until the end of the year. Yes, you’ll get a tax deduction but that’s not a reason to support a cause.
Friends of the Smokies – which assists Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I lead monthly hikes for the group.
Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail – which champions the Mountains-to-Sea Trail Across North Carolina
Great Smoky Mountains Association – which assists the Smokies by managing the bookstores and publishing awesome books and maps.