Are you a farmer looking for land to farm?
Are you a landowner aspiring to keep your farm or forestland in agriculture?
Check out WNC FarmLink! A new linking service that helps connect farm and forest land owners with available land with new and experienced farmers eager to find land to farm in WNC.
FarmLink works with each party to understand their personal interests, needs and vision. With combined personal support from WNC FarmLink staff, and the collaborative resources of partners FarmLink will help guide you toward the lease, sale, or alternative land use agreement that serves you best.
Check out http://wncfarmlink.org/ for more information!
Follow this link to download a Field Guide to the Southern Piedmont by Jonathan J. Storm, Briget C. Doyle, Rachel V. Furman, Julie M. Smoak, & Melissa A. Storm.
Follow this link to download a booklet on the Venomous Snakes of North Carolina distributed by the NC Museum of Natural Sciences.
Follow this link to download a booklet on Managing Backyards and Other Urban Habitats for Birds distributed by the NC Cooperative Extension Service.
Follow this link to download a booklet on Butterflies in Your Backyard distributed by the NC Cooperative Extension Service.
Follow this link to download Reptiles and Amphibians in your backyard distributed by the NC Cooperative Extension Service.
Follow this link to learn more about the benefits of Bats distributed by the NC Cooperative Extension Service
Follow this link to learn more about Black Bears distributed by the NC Cooperative Extension Service
Click here to read the NCSU Stream Notes about Riparian Buffers.
Click here to read the French Broad Training Center’s fact sheet on Riparian Buffers.
Click here to read the NCSU Stream Notes about Streambank Erosion.
Click here to read the NCSU Stream Notes about Soil in Our Streams.
Landscaping with Native Plants:
Click here download a booklet on Landscaping for Wildlife with Native Plants distributed by the NC Cooperative Extension Service.
Click here to read the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Native Plants for Your Backyard.
Click here to view the Asheville Botanical Gardens list of Native Plants (trees, shrubs, and vines) to landscape with.
Click here to view the Asheville Botanical Gardens list of Native Plants (ferns, grasses, and herbaceous plants) to landscape with.
Click here to view the Asheville Botanical Gardens list of Native Plant Suppliers in the area.
Local native plant nurseries:
Red Root Native Nursery, Asheville, NC
Sandy Mush Herb Nursery, Leicester, NC
Carolina Native Nursery, Burnsville, NC
Southeastern Native Plant Nursery, Candler NC
Plants-A-Plenty Forest City, NC
The NC Native Plant Society has a great web page dedicated to approved native plant nurseries in NC too.
Medicinal Plants & Native Plant Poaching:
Click here to read the “United Plant Savers Journal of Medicinal Plant Conservation,” Winter 2012 (page 12 has an article about poaching native plants from OUR National Parks (the Great Smokey Mountains, specifically) and the Blue Ridge Parkway; co-authored by a PAC/WCP speaker, National Park Service Ecologist, Nora Murdock!)
Non-native & Invasive Plants:
Click here to download a Pocket Guide on Non-native Plants and Their Native Alternatives for landscaping.
Click here to read the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Invasive Plants in Our Backyards.
Click here to read the Asheville Botanical Gardens publication Invasive Plants and Their Native Look-Alikes.
Click here to download the NC DOT publication
Click here to visit the Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council website
Click here for a link to NC Biodiversity with links to checklists for birds, moths, butterflies, and more, as well as links to Butterflies on NC, Dragonflies and Damselflies of North Carolina, and Mammals of NC…a great resource!
Appalachian Highlands Science Journal (from our National Park Service):
Conserving Water at Home:
Click here to read about how you can create a Rain Garden.
Click here to read about how you can build your own Rain Barrel.
Managing Waste at the Home:
Click here to download plans for building your own Rotating Compost Barrel.
MORE TO COME!