Our Mission

The Balsam Mountain Trust inspires people to be responsible stewards of the natural and cultural resources of the southern Blue Ridge Mountains through education and conservation leadership.

Upcoming Events

  • Creature Feature: Radical Rattlers

    April 29 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

    Timber rattlesnakes, one of most misunderstood critters, play a critical role in regional ecosystems. As they begin to emerge from their winter dens, join us and our resident rattler to learn a little bit about their fascinating natural history, what to do if you encounter one, and why nature develo...

  • Pollinator Program @ Haywood County Library

    May 16 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    Learn how to protect and attract pollinators in your yard at this free program for all ages.

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Balsam Mountain Trust
Balsam Mountain TrustThursday, April 27th, 2017 at 7:00am
Happy #wildwednesday, everyone! Today we're highlighting the Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) because of its early arrival to the States. The butterflies are several weeks ahead of schedule and reports of caterpillars have been coming in from Trust staff. While it's exciting to see them so early, this also means that there may not be enough milkweed plants for all of the larvae, as female monarchs have been doing what's referred to as "egg dumping" - laying multiple eggs on a single plant instead of just one egg. Much of the milkweed growing in the area is still quite small, so this is likely why females have been utilizing this strategy. Keep a lookout for the caterpillars and ask us about where you can acquire milkweed if you don't have any!

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Balsam Mountain Trust loves the AMERICORPS!

Our Conservation Trust for North Carolina AmeriCorps members have allowed us to more than triple our reach to underserved community members in Jackson and Haywood Counties. With a focus on environmental education for elementary school students, we also reach folks through partnerships with local libraries, REACH shelter for domestic violence, and the Latino community.

We would like to ask for your help by contacting your senators and representatives and asking them to protect the AmeriCorps program. Please let them know that you are a constituent and share your own, short personal perspective about why the AmeriCorps, or a program they support, is important to you.

AmeriCorps is an investment in our nation.

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