Happy Earth Day from Friends of Panthertown

We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors; We borrow it from our children.
“We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors; We borrow it from our children.” – Native American Proverb; Photo by Chevalier Des Lieux Sauvages


Happy Earth Day!
Every day we are grateful for the magnificent natural world all around us.

Today is Earth Day and we celebrated with a hike in Panthertown Valley, of course. The fruits of spring are already very abundant in the valley, with lush new growth, and a significant increase in wildlife and black bear sightings reported throughout the area – a reminder that we are just visitors here.

Join us this weekend, all day Saturday, April 26 at Greening Up The Mountains festival in downtown Sylva, North Carolina for a celebration of the arrival of spring in the mountains. We will have all kinds of Panthertown goodies to give away. Stop by our booth for details.

April 12, 2014 - Black Bear Close Encounter on Little Green Mountain in Panthertown (Photo submitted by Jack Tamorski)
April 12, 2014 – Black Bear Close Encounter while camping on Little Green Mountain in Panthertown Valley (Photo submitted by Jack Tamorski)

Bears Love Panthertown
Panthertown Valley is designated by the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission as part of the Panthertown-Bonas Defeat bear sanctuary. Bears live here and are protected here. This is their natural habitat. Do your part to avoid their curiosity.

Read what the U.S. Forest Service suggests to avoid bear encounters.

Save The Date: Saturday, June 28
You are invited to join us for a celebration of Panthertown and benefit for Friends of Panthertown on Saturday, June 28 at the Bald Rock equestrian community in nearby Sapphire Valley, adjacent to Panthertown. Join us for the 2014 Bald Rock Horse Exhibition & Silent Auction, a benefit to fund important conservation projects in Panthertown over the next year. Read about the event here and invite your friends.

Become A Friend
Show your support for Panthertown, today! Join Friends of Panthertown as a supporting member or trail volunteer. Your involvement is greatly appreciated and will inspire new generations of forest stewards, trail advocates, and conservation leaders.

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