On Saturday, May 2nd, Montreat Landcare will host its annual “Native Plant Sale” on the campus of Montreat College adjacent to nearby Black Mountain. What is Montreat Landcare? Click here to learn more, but in a nutshell, its a joint effort of several Montreat stakeholders following a program established in Australia in 1989 to restore damaged watersheds and native landscapes. It encourages personal responsibility, “neighbors helping neighbors”, whole eco-system thinking, scientific research, volunteering and fund raising for certain objectives.
Among the many projects, Montreat Landcare currently has initiatives to combat the Woolly Adelgid which continues killing our Hemlock trees; protection of Galax from illegal harvesting; education about native and invasive plant species; and maintenance of the Jones Wildlife Sanctuary at Montreat which includes a seven station prayer path of meditation. Given that Creston was created as a conservation community with a focus on the natural world around us, it is fitting that a posting about Montreat Landcare be included here. For more information click on www.montreatlandcare.org.