Welcome to Montreat Landcare!
Monday, 10 November 2014 21:17
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!
A landcare group is a community-based group of volunteers working on conservation projects that contribute to positive environmental, social and economic outcomes. Developing financially viable local landcare groups and getting existing landcare-like groups to sponsor landcare conservation projects in the southern Appalachian region represents an opportunity to build widespread support for the ecological restoration and protection of the southern Appalachian landscape.
With help from the Land-of-Sky Regional Council, the Montreat Landcare Team formed in January 2007 and became the first landcare group in North Carolina. The team has brainstormed a list of about twenty potential projects ranging from erosion control to environmental education to electric vehicles to a website with a scientific database of projects.
In the Town of Montreat, eight organizations comprise the Landcare Committee:
• Montreat Conference Center
• Montreat College
• Town of Montreat
• MRA Wilderness Committee
• The Cottagers Wilderness & Open Space Committee
• The Backyard Wildlife Habitat Program
• Montreat Trail Club
• Montreat Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) Earth Ministry Team
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. Projects include:
• Annual native plant sale
• Interpretive signage
• Open space and greenways
• Certified wildlife habitats
• Invasive species education
• Native plant garden
Interested in getting involved? Call our information line at 828.669.8002