Welcome to Montreat Landcare!

If you are familiar with Montreat, you know what a special place it is. This small cove is home to many people and organizations, and it is visited by well over 45,000 people each year. Lookout and Graybeard Mountains, Flat Creek, and Lake Susan hold many meaningful memories for generations of visitors and residents.

The Montreat Landcare Committee has been charged with the task of organizing projects to protect, to preserve, and to present the natural features of our cove. And this website has been designed to let you know about our progress, but more than that, to hopefully inspire others to develop their own projects in their own communities.

This site is very much a work in progress, so please check back often for information on and photos of our projects, resources for beginning your own projects, listings of upcoming hikes and events, and much more. Thank you for your support!

Next Landcare Meeting

The Landcare Committee meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 9 a.m.

Montreat Landcare Native Plant Sale PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 28 January 2014 00:00

Join us for the


Saturday, April 26, 2014

at Pratt Park in Montreat, N.C.
(just inside the Montreat Gate)

Exactly what is a “native plant” and why should you add native plants to your landscape?

Take advantage of a unique opportunity to purchase plants and learn more from the native plant experts!

Montreat Trail Conditions PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 05 February 2013 02:09

The Landcare Committee and Montreat Trail Club have put together a repository for trail conditions and maintenance needs.

A current record of trail conditions can be found here.

The numbers on the trail condition list correspond to the trail numbers on the MRA trail map.

Those who wish to report a problem with a trail may contact Joe Standaert or post a comment on the wall of the Montreat Wilderness group on Facebook.

UPDATED: Landcare Work Day - Gate Trail PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 05 February 2013 01:59

Thanks to all who helped on today's Gate Trail work day!!

Looks like we accomplished much more than we had in mind!

We did all of this:

  • Cleared dead wood and blow downs from Ball Field to the Shenandoah Bridge. Dead wood removed ~15 feet from either side of the Gate trail and stacked in the woods off trail. (O'Neil Tate, Charles Jolley, Gill Campbell, Joe Standaert, and John Johnson)
  • Cleared dead wood and all the dead Wisteria vines (cut in the last two work days) from all around the Ball Field and Roger's Place. Stacked by the Texas Road bridge. (Mary Standaert)
  • Spread two big mulch piles and mulched the trail from near the "Bellsouth Box" all the way to Shenandoah and from there south to near the end. (Dottie Shuman, ~5 of Dottie's class students from Montreat College, Dane Gomez from Montreat College SEEDS program, and Rusty Frank)

If I missed anyone, let me know!

Again, thanks to all to a job well done. - Joe


The Montreat Landcare Committee has scheduled a work day for the Gate Trail on:
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 9th (weather permitting)

We will meet at the Ballfield / Texas Road bridge location and work south to the Shenandoah Bridge.

The project's primary goal will be a general cleanup of the Gate Trail, removing blow-downs, dead Rhododendrons, and any storm debris from the trail and both sides. We will *not* do any work with the blow downs in or across the creek. As a secondary goal, if excess labor is available, we could also distribute several mulch piles on the trail that were left from the community work day in the fall.

So, if interested, please bring water, work gloves, loppers, handsaws, and strong backs! We will *not* be doing any chainsaw work. If we do the mulch project, please bring shovels and / or wheelbarrows if possible. We will try to provide some tools and some 5 gallon buckets as well.

This is a Landcare project and will involve Dottie Shuman's Montreat College students as well as members of the Landcare and Wilderness Committees and any community folks. The Town may also be involved with a possible special brush pickup request.


Landcare Displays at Cottagers Meeting PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 02:05

The Landcare Committee put together displays about Invasive Species and Certified Wildlife Habitats for the Montreat Cottagers Meeting in July.

2012 Black Mountain Garden Show PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 06 August 2012 23:22

The seventh annual Black Mountain Garden Show and Sale was held in May on the grounds of the newly refurbished Monte Vista Hotel. Vendors at the show sold annuals and perennials, vegetables, shrubs and garden gifts and accessories.

The Montreat Landcare team staffed an information booth, handing out information on invasive species in local gardens and distributing packets of native wildflowers, provided by local seed company Sow True Seed.

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