Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Monday, May 16, 2016
Please join us at Lost Province Brewing Company on Tuesday, May 17th at 6:30pm for an opportunity to meet the new Middle Fork Greenway Project Director, Wendy Patoprsty. Enjoy lunch, dinner, and/or a few pints of local microbrews to support Blue Ridge Conservancy. Lost Province Brewing Company will be donating 10% of sales from that day towards BRC conservation projects in the High Country. Lost Province officially named their Honey Brown Ale in the name of conservation. Order a Liquid Land-Saver during the month of May and Lost Province will donate a percentage of this special brew’s sales to BRC.
Wendy started with Watauga County Cooperative Extension in 2001 as a grant funded Water Quality Technician and was hired as a Natural Resource Extension Agent in 2003. In this position Wendy collaborated in community development projects including stream restoration, urban stormwater projects and community environmental education. Wendy plans to integrate her experience with the cooperative extension with the development of the Middle Fork Greenway to protect the natural resources along the Middle Fork of the New River for future generations to enjoy.
This is a great chance to hear about the latest MFG updates, ask questions, and give suggestions!
We hope to see you there!
Friday, April 8, 2016
Thursday, April 7, was a good day at Sterling Creek Park.
A team from New River Conservancy and Foggy Mountain Nursery came laden with native livestakes and rooted plants which they installed along both sides of the Middle Fork through the entire length of the park.
Among the livestakes are elderberry, silky dogwood, ninebark, and silky willow. The livestakes are driven into the wet ground and in a few weeks they will begin to form fibers which will eventually become dense root systems capable of holding the streambanks in place.
Among the rooted plants are rhododendron, flame azalea, and blueberry bushes.
Josselyn Lucas, Environmental Consultant, and Glen Sullivan, of Foggy Mountain Nursery & Stream Restoration, on left, and Chelsea Blount, New River Conservancy River Builder Coordinator, on right, after a long day's work.
Saturday, February 6, 2016
Amy Cooke took this picture of Canada geese this morning on the monthly High Country Audubon Society nature walk along the South Fork New River trail at Brookshire Park, 250 Brookshire Road, Boone.
Friday, November 20, 2015
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Watauga County, in partnership with
Blue Ridge Conservancy & High Country Pathways,
is holding a public meeting to inform and seek input on
the Middle Fork Greenway.
Where: American Legion Building
333 Wallingford St., Blowing Rock
Where: Wednesday, November 18, 4:00-6:00 pm
Format: Drop-in with presentation at 5:00
~Find out about the latest developments
~Help provide support for grant applications
~Provide your thoughts and ideas
We hope to see you there!
Thursday, September 24, 2015
The highlight of Tuesday's Dedication was a Seisin Ceremony, a ritual dating back to the days of freehold estates, in which the grantors of property presented the grantees with a clump of dirt and, in return, the grantees gave a bunch of leaves and twigs. In these pictures, Sterling and Barbara Whitener and family members are shown presenting a cup of earth from Sterling Creek Park to Eric Hiegl, Blue Ridge Conservancy Director of Land Protection & Stewardship, and Watauga County representatives Joe Furman, Director of Planning & Inspections & Economic Development, and Stephen Poulos, Director of Parks & Recreation. In exchange, Eric, Joe, Stephen, and Ann Browning, Executive Director of Middle Fork Greenway, presented the Whiteners with a basket of leaves, thus sealing the transaction.
Since late Fall, 2014, when the 0.9-mile section of the paved greenway trail from Tweetsie, through Mystery Hill, the DOT culvert, to and through the donated Whitener property was completed, the volunteers of the Middle Fork Greenway Task Force have been busily sawing dead trees, removing stumps, grading, pruning, clearing brush, sowing grass seed, planting milkweed to attract Monarch butterflies, and building and installing picnic tables--to prepare Sterling Creek Park for public use. Plans are for New River Conservancy to fortify the park's streambanks with several varieties of native livestakes and rooted plants this fall, and for volunteers to gather one Saturday in October to carpet bare sections of the riparian buffer with native shrubs which will be donated by The Mustard Seed.
Walk, run or ride your bike from Tweetsie to Sterling Creek Park. Pack your lunch and sit at one of our picnic tables (lumber for two generously donated by Watauga Building Supply, and two donated by Lowes Building Supply). Fish in the sterling stream, chase a leaf, sit on a boulder and read a book, recite a poem, pick up litter, and thank your lucky stars, as we do everyday, that there are people like the Whiteners willing to share the beauty of their land with all of us. photos by Karen Keys
|Sterling & Barbara Whitener, Beth Goode, daughter of Donald & Elizabeth Whitener, Dana Whitener Froetschel, Barbi Whitener|
Friday, September 18, 2015
We're dedicating Sterling Creek Park on Tuesday, September 22,
12 noon to 1:30 pm, rain or shine!
Come, have lunch beside the river, and celebrate this beautiful place!
106 Whitener Mountain Road
(across the highway from Doc's Rocks/Mystery Hill)
You may park on the grass beside the highway and walk down Whitener Mtn Road to the park, or park at the southern end of Tweetsie and walk on the greenway trail through the culvert beneath the highway.