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Environmental Threats to WNC’s Forests

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Understanding the Issues and Suggesting Solutions

In the face of environmental threats, including climate, pests and invasive plants, how will our national forests survive?. These and other important topics related to the overall health of the national forests in Western North Carolina will be discussed by a three-person panel, at 10am, Friday, March 13 at Trinity Episcopal Church in downtown Asheville. Sponsored by the French Broad River Garden Club Foumdation (FBRGCF), the program is designed to highlight critical environmental threats which may dramatically change the national forests for future generations.

The three experts, Lisa Jennings from the U.S. Forest Service in North Carolina, Sarah Workman from the U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Center, and Josh Kelly from the non-profit Mountain True (formerly WNC Alliance), will update us on the health of our forests with the knowledge they have from their work. They will share what some of the climate, human, and other threats are to our forests today. They will also tell us about what efforts are in place to control or eliminate some of these threats. They will present the issues and possible solutions, followed by questions and discussion with the audience. The program will be moderated by dedicated hiker and national park preservationist Stephen Woody

Lin Brown, chair of the event, remarked, “This garden club has been concerned about the health of our forests for many years. Not only is it part of our mission statement, ‘To promote the conservation, development and intelligent use of the natural resources of NC.’ but the club is also committed to educate the public on the preservation and protection of our beautiful, natural surroundings.”

“In fact, she said, “this garden club had its first program on the health of our forests in 1990. It was held in a venue one third the size of Tuton Hall, Taking seriously our mission of education, the club is taking this updated program to a bigger venue where many more people can attend. People in Asheville love the forests and are concerned about what is happening to them. We want this program to share information about what is going on today and provide an opportunity for discussion after the speakers’ comments”

Press Contact: Vinton Murray, 828 277-5489 or vinton.murray@me.com

For more information on the French Broad River Garden Club Foundation: go to www.FBRGCF.org

For directions and a map of the Trinity Episcopal Church, go to www.trinityasheville.org

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