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French Broad River Series to Kick Off Countdown to Riverfest

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FBR Series – Part 3 Invertebrates

LEARN! Invertebrates of the French Broad River Watershed

05/10/23 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.                                                                                  Rogow Room of the Transylvania County Library
Dr. Luke Etchison, Aquatic Wildlife Diversity Coordinator, NC Wildlife Resources Commission, will enlighten us on the state of the invertebrates of the French Broad River watershed. A specialist in mussels and crayfish, he will introduce us to these important, but lesser-known residents of our local waterways.
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EXPLORE! Invertebrates of the FBR Snorkeling Field Trip

05/19/23 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.                                                                        Headwaters Outfitters, Rosman
The upper French Broad River (FBR) flows just outside of National Forest boundaries and is one of the oldest rivers in the world. This river snorkeling adventure offers many opportunities to observe numerous aquatic insects and other invertebrates such as the French Broad Crayfish, and maybe even the legendary and protected Hellbender salamander. Oxbow River Snorkeling will lead this event, there is a fee of $100 per person to participate
Number of Participants: 12
Contact Kim Gunderson at to register for the program.

ACT! Invertebrates of the FBR Stream Assessment Day

05/12/23 10:00 a.m. – 05/12/23 12:00 p.m.                                                                   Mills River, exact location to be announced closer to the event
Become a citizen scientist! We’ll be joining the Mills River Partnership for a macroinvertebrate stream assessment. This involves identifying aquatic insects that live in the stream and using those identifications to determine stream quality. Training will be provided.
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FBR Series – Part 4 Vertebrates

LEARN! Vertebrates of the French Broad River Watershed

06/01/23 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.                                                                                Rogow Room of the Transylvania County Library
Mike Knoerr, Wildlife Biologist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, will present: “Hellbenders and Bog Turtles: Natural history and conservation of a giant salamander and a tiny turtle in Western North Carolina”. Mike will improve our understanding of the status of these rare reptiles and amphibians, and address restoration projects that improve habitat conditions for our hellbenders and bog turtles.
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EXPLORE! A Discussion about Fly Tying and Fishermen’s Impact

06/02/23 9:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m.                                                                              Davidson River Outfitters, Pisgah Forest
Join us on the banks of the beautiful Davidson River, a tributary of the French Broad River. Here, Davidson River Outfitters will offer us a fly fishing demonstration, and address how human users of our rivers affect fish and macroinvertebrate habitats.
Number of participants: 20
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ACT! Participate in a Hellbender Habitat Restoration Project

06/03/23 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.                                                                                Mills River area, details will be sent prior to the day.
Learn how Defenders of Wildlife creates habitat for Hellbenders and participate in a habitat restoration project on the Mills River, a tributary of the French Broad River.
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FBR Series – Part 5

Learn! Challenges and Opportunities in the French Broad River Watershed

Thursday, July 6, 1:00-2:00                                                                                 Rogow Room, Transylvania County Public Library
Jack Henderson, French Broad Paddle Trail Manager with Mountain True, will talk about the many challenges that the French Broad River watershed has come up against in the past, and the opportunities that are presented to us now to keep the river flowing in the right direction.
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EXPLORE! A float on the French Broad River!

Friday, July 7, 1:00-4:00                                                                                            French Broad River, meeting spot TBA
Let’s get on the river! Join us on a class 1 and 2 urban float on the French Broad River. Joining us will be Trevor Freeman from the Western North Carolina Historical Association talking about past challenges to the health of the French Broad River, and Jack Henderson of Mountain True talking about ways we are currently addressing these challenges to keep the river healthy. We will be using both inflatable rafts and kayaks, a fee is required.
Number of participants: 20
Contact Kim Gundler at to register for the program.

ACT! Participate in a workday maintaining a French Broad River campsite

Saturday, July 8, 10:00-12:00                                                                                       Banks of the French Broad River at Mud Creek
This service day with Mountain True will take place on one of the many riverside campsites on the French Broad River. We will work on repairing/replacing campsite equipment, picking up litter, and/or removing invasive plants in the peripheral areas.
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