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ASHEVILLE—The Western North Carolina Alliance announces the launch of its new Forest Keepers program to help residents become the eyes, ears and helping hands of North Carolina’s forests.

Join the organization from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. on May 4 at the North Mills River Picnic/Recreation area in Henderson County.

The organization will take participants on a hike and provide snacks and drinks (beer for those 21 and older).

During this gathering, participants will learn how to become a WNCA Forest Keeper and:

  • Participate in free classes and seminars
  • Take part in fieldwork such as water testing, trail maintenance, and forestry
  • Keep an eye on the streams and forests you love
  • Broaden your knowledge, and deepen your appreciation for the natural world

For more information, contact Volunteer Coordinator Cynthia Camilleri at or (828) 258-8737, ext. 207 or contact Public Lands Field Biologist Josh Kelly at or (828) 258-8737, ext. 210.

-Press release from the WNC Alliance, shared April 22.

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