Nature Valley, National Parks Conservation Association, and SAHC team up for the Smokies!

Stewardship Team on Cataloochee Ranch

Nature Valley, National Parks Conservation Association, and Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy Host Restoration Event to Benefit Cataloochee Ranch and Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Saturday, July 28, 2012, 9:00 a.m . – 2:00 p.m . For directions to Cataloochee Ranch or to register as a volunteer, please contact Margot Wallston at (828) 253-0095 ext. 212 or margot@appalachian.org by Thursday, July 26.

The National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) and Nature Valley are partnering with the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy to improve song bird habitat and protect water quality on the scenic and historic Cataloochee Ranch in Haywood County, North Carolina. Cataloochee Ranch is a three-generation, family-run operation that has protected more than 300 acres of high elevation land adjoining Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Cataloochee Ranch serves as critical link to Great Smoky Mountains National Park; the ranch provides a valuable refuge for wildlife on the boundary of the park, including a number of threatened migratory song birds. For this restoration event, volunteers will enhance habitat for migratory song birds by feathering the forest edge along pasture boundaries and removing invasive plant species. Volunteer groups will also focus on improving a section of a popular horse and hiking trail to help protect water quality adjacent to the park.

National Parks Conservation Association, Nature Valley, SAHC and volunteers from surrounding communities are expected to help with the volunteer day.

Nature Valley’s Preserve the Parks program aims to encourage Americans to experience the beauty of our National Parks and raise awareness about the importance of preserving their natural and cultural resources for future generations. It benefits the National Parks Conservation Association and over the course of the three-year relationship, will have helped raise more than $1 million to benefit restoration projects in support of America’s national parks. Learn more at PreserveTheParks.com.

About the Partners:

Nature Valley created the granola bar category in 1975 and brings great taste to active consumers looking for wholesome snacks. Nature Valley offers seven great-tasting granola snacks: Crunch Granola Bars, Sweet & Salty Nut Granola Bars, Chewy Trail Mix Bars, Granola Thins, Yogurt Granola Bars, Roasted Nut Crunch Bars and Protein Bars. In addition to supporting the National Parks Conservation Association, Nature Valley is the Official Granola Bar of the PGA TOUR, Champions Tour and Nationwide Tour, the United States Ski and Snowboarding Association, Nature Valley NASTAR, and Vail Resorts. In addition, Nature Valley is the title sponsor of the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach and the Nature Valley Grand Prix. For more information: http://www.NatureValley.com, http://www.Facebook.com/NatureValley, twitter.com/nature_valley.

Since 1919, the nonpartisan National Parks Conservation Association has been the leading voice of the American people in the fight to safeguard our National Park System. NPCA, its more than 600,000 members, supporters and partners work together to protect the park system and preserve our nation’s natural, historical, and cultural heritage for our children and grandchildren. For more information, visit: http://www.npca.org.

The Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy conserves the unique plant and animal habitat, clean water, local farmland and scenic beauty of the mountains of North Carolina and east Tennessee for the benefit of present and future generations. SAHC achieves its mission by forging and maintaining conservation relationships with landowners and public agencies, owning and managing land and working with communities to accomplish their conservation objectives. Incorporated as a non-profit land trust in 1974, SAHC has helped protect over 50,000 acres. For more information, visit http://www.appalachian.org.

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