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It’s easy for us to take for granted the amazing public lands that surround us and afford such wonderful opportunities for outdoor adventures here in Western North Carolina, such as Pisgah National Forest:  treasured as some of the most scenic and treasured wild land in the eastern U.S.

Join us for this informal evening with noted author and naturalist, Marci Spencer, to learn more about how this fantastic area was preserved and the natural features that make it so special. Now comprising more than 500,000 acres in three districts, Pisgah National Forest owes its beginnings to George Vanderbilt. When Vanderbilt constructed Biltmore House in the early 1890’s, he hired forester Gifford Pinchot and later, Dr. Carl Schenck, to manage his forests, which then encompassed 125,000 acres. Over 80,000 of his woodland acres became the home of America’s first school of forestry, and the heart of the East’s first national forest.

Marci Spencer is a certified NC Environmental Educator, a Blue Ridge Naturalist, and volunteer educator for Appalachian Bear Rescue.  She is author of two regional histories: Pisgah National Forest: a History, and Clingmans Dome, Highest Mountain in the Great Smokies. She is currently writing the history of Nantahala National Forest. Her recent children’s book, Potluck, Message Delivered: “The Great Smoky Mountains are Saved!” was inspired by true events.

As usual, our program will begin promptly at 7:00 pm; doors will open at 6:30 for refreshments and socializing.  This program is free.  Please pre-register as space is limited.

*This program is now full.  If you wish to be placed on the waiting list, email us at info@compleatnaturalist.com, or you may RSVP on our Compleat Naturalist Meetup Group page. Or give us a call at 828-274-5430.  Thank you!

Author/naturalist Marci Spencer

Author/naturalist Marci Spencer

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