Category Archives: Swain County

Watershed Film Series

Watershed Film Series Wednesday August 22, 2012

WATR is hosting a short film series all about our water. We welcome everyone to join us at the Swain Middle School media center on August 22, 2012 from 7:00-9:00p.m. We will have a community discussion after the films. We would like to give a special thanks to Rob Hawk (Agricultural Extension Service) and Janice Inabinett (WNC Alliance) for their help with the film series.


River Cane Chronicles IV: Important Invitation

The WATR River Cane Mapping & Education Project is gearing up for the summer, and WE NEED YOU and other volunteers.   The purposes of the project are

  • to educate ourselves and the public about the ecological and the cultural benefits of native river cane,
  • to snoop around creeks and rivers and locate river cane brakes that we can map, and
  • to work with the landowner to get permission so that artisans can sustainably harvest stalks on his/her property.

So click here to find out the details of the workshop — must RSVP by Friday, May 18,  for a free lunch.  NOW THAT’S AN INCENTIVE!!!

Jim Long strips a stalk of cane as WATR member Judy Knight watches

Board Meetings

Tuesday May 22, 5:30pm at the Bryson City Library. (Directions)
Tuesday June 17, 5:30pm in Sylva.

  • Tuesday September 18, 5:30pm Bryson City —  In June, the board voted to discontinue bimonthly meetings in favor of quarterly meetings

Tuesday November 13, 5:30pm Sylva.

Summer Picnic

Friday June,15.
We are outdoor enthusiasts and what better way to celebrate the great outdoors than having a picnic? Bring your friends, family, and anyone that enjoys the great outdoors. Good food, good friends, and a good community. Location TBA, so stay tuned.

WATR Public Meetings

Monday July 23, 6:45 p.m.

Sylva Public Library is the location of the WATR Mid-Summer Meeting.
We will socialize at 6:45 and discuss issues and have an open dialogue from 7:00 until 8:30p.m. Every man, woman, and child is invited to join the conversation.  With speaker Mark Cantrell.

The Must-See Conservation Film, Thurs. April 19

On Thursday, April 19, at 7:00 – 8:30 PM, there will be a must-see documentary movie at the Smoky Mountain Community Theater (130 Main Street, Bryson City).  It recalls the life of perhaps the most influential U.S. conservationists of the 20th century, Aldo Leopold.  The movie is more than dry history — it is a contemporary summons to challenge us to take care of the natural resources around us.

You should put his name up there in your pantheon of great American conservationists, along with Henry David Thoreau and John Muir.  Leopold is the author of the Sand County Almanac and the writer of “a land ethic” — a brief essay calling for a redefinition our relationship with the very land that we live on.  He is the instigator of “watershed restoration.”

If you do one thing for WATR or for your green-minded growth this year, come and see this film.  At least 25 students from Swain High should attend, and they should be bring their parents.  Friends should bring friends.  WATR’s contacts in the world of building and excavating are especially invited.  If you can help to usher or staff the WATR table — call the office.Green Fire Poster

Roger Clapp

River Cane Chronicles Part III

Morning comes and with it the question: Did the dye take? Sometimes it doesn’t. But today, Jim Long is in luck. The brown-dyed cane can be seen as soon as he removes the cover. He lifts out the cane and spreads it on the concrete of his driveway.

He will hose down the cane thoroughly to get rid of any grit that accumulates during the dyeing, then leaves it to dry. Long will then have some beautifully finished trips to cut into shorter pieces for his students’ weaving kits.