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Third Annual Pisgah Pride Day Coming Soon

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The Pisgah Conservancy, U.S. Forest Service, and a host of supporting organizations have announced their third annual broad-based volunteer work day in the Pisgah Ranger District called "Pisgah Pride Day 2018," which will be held on May 5.

Most work crews will convene at the Ranger Station on Highway 276 and disperse to a number of different locations to perform trail work, treat invasive species, pick up trash, and -- this year -- raise a new Ranger Station sign. Groups will be working on the US276 corridor, trails in the Turkey Pen Gap area, Mt. Pisgah Trail, Avery Creek Road, Sycamore Flats, and more.

"Each year Pisgah Pride Day allows people who love Pisgah to give back and take care of this incredible natural resource, which has given so much to them,"stated Executive Director of the Pisgah Conservatory John Cottingham.

The 2018 work day is being supported as in the past with a wide array of local organizations, including the Carolina Mountain Club, Pisgah Area SORBA, Trout Unlimited, Oskar Blues, Sycamore Cycles, Backcountry Horsemen, the Fish & Wildlife Conservation Council, REI, Western Carolina University, MountainTrue, Diamond Brand, Conserving Carolina, Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards, Highland Brewery, MustAsheville Bikes, and many others.

"Last year, when I had recently been appointed District Ranger, I was thrilled to see the outpouring of support for Pisgah Pride Day from the local community. This year I'm looking forward to building on past successes to make this event even more beneficial to the forest. It is a great opportunity for everyone who loves Pisgah to get out and help us take care of it," said District Ranger Dave Casey.

Volunteers do not have to be members of any affiliated organization to work on Pisgah Pride Day, but must register beforehand. To sign up, go to www.pisgahconservancy.org/how-you-can-help/pisgah-pride-day.html

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