Experience

Experience

Along the French Broad’s 219 miles is a variety of experiences for people of all ages. RiverLink showcases many of ...

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Interactive Map

Utilize our interactive map to plan your paddle trip.

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RiverFest

RiverFest

There’s something for everyone at RiverFest — RiverLink’s biggest party of the year. On August 8, 2015, we will mark ...

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Success Stories

Success Stories

In efforts to improve the water quality within the French Broad River Watershed, RiverLink has spearheaded numerous water quality projects ...

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Our Mission

RiverLink is a regional non-profit spearheading the economic and environmental revitalization of the French Broad River and its tributaries as a destination for everyone to work, live and play.

RiverLink accomplishes its mission by providing permanent public access to the river through conservation and recreation easements, reclaiming contaminated lands for public use and enjoyment, greenway development,  creating public no-fee, no-reservation overnight camping  sites along the river,  adaptive reuse of historic  structures,  educating  5,000 students  K-12  annually as well as the public-at-large about  the French Broad River watersheds’ importance  and empowering over 1,700 volunteers each year.

RiverLink was established in 1987 and is the only French Broad River watershed  non-profit exclusively focused on the French Broad River.

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RiverLink Seeks Land Trust Accreditation

In 2015, we are submitting our application to become an Accredited Land Trust. RiverLink has worked to revitalize and protect the French Broad River and its watershed the past 28 years utilizing conservation and recreation (along with other important tools) easements to protect water quality, wildlife, and preserve natural history. Becoming an Accredited Land Trust […]

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The RiverLink app is now available for your portable electronic devices.

RiverLink’s new mobile app for your smartphone will geo-locate you to all the amenities you will need to enjoy the French Broad River watershed. It’s now available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch in the iTunes store! Android users can download the app from Google Play. Like the French Broad itself and RiverLink the app is […]

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The Comprehensive CreekCare Program

RiverLink announces the Comprehensive CreekCare program, an approach to neighborhood creek care that tackles water quality improvements in a variety of ways. Neighborhoods, businesses, churches and other groups around Western North Carolina have already worked to improve water quality through RiverLink’s Adopt-A-Stream program. RiverLink is now offering more tools for more improvements: litter cleanups, stormdrain […]

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March 2, 2015 Posted by dave

The Wildlife Society Seeks Logo Entries for National Conference

Jodie B. Owen – NC Wildlife Resources Commision RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 19, 2015) — Got an eye for design and a fondness for wildlife? The North Carolina chapter of The Wildlife Society is seeking logo entries for the Society’s conference, which will be held in Raleigh in October 2016. The winning logo will be used to […]

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March 1, 2015 Posted by dave

SPRING PEEPER

NC Museum of Natural Sciences Spring Peepers (Pseudacris crucifer) are small frogs common throughout North Carolina and most of the eastern US. Topping out at an inch and a half, these little frogs come in a variety of color forms, including tan, grey, yellow, pink, and orange. Spring Peepers generally remain well-hidden, but the X-shaped […]

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February 28, 2015 Posted by dave

Deeper Ties to Corporate Cash for Doubtful Climate Researcher

By JUSTIN GILLIS and JOHN SCHWARTZ  - NY Times For years, politicians wanting to block legislation on climate change have bolstered their arguments by pointing to the work of a handful of scientists who claim that greenhouse gases pose little risk to humanity. One of the names they invoke most often is Wei-Hock Soon, known as Willie, a scientist at the […]

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Mar
4
Wed
Wednesday Workday March 4 @ RiverLink Sculpture Plaza
Mar 4 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Wednesday Workday March 4 @ RiverLink Sculpture Plaza | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

WednesdayWorkdays is an initiative to get more volunteers out in the community and to help keep the French Broad River clean!  WednesdayWorkdays will take place every week from 1pm-4pm and will be an extension of our Comprehensive CreekCare program.  We will focus on trash removal along rivers and streams, invasive plant removal, native tree planting, storm drain marking and more.

On March 4, we will meet at the RiverLink Sculpture Plaza, 144 Riverside Drive!

Location details and sign up here

Mar
6
Fri
Who is Wilma Dykeman and What is the Wilma Dykeman RiverWay All About? @ RiverLink
Mar 6 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Join RiverLink’s executive director Karen Cragnolin and Jim Stokeley, Wilma Dykeman’s son and Chairman of the Wilma Dykeman Legacy Board of Directors, for an informative presentation on Friday, March 6 from 4 to 6 p.m. at RiverLink’s Warehouse Studios, 170 Lyman Street in the heart of the River Arts District.

Karen and Jim are teaming up to present: Who is Wilma Dykeman and What is the Wilma Dykeman RiverWay All About?

RiverLink raised $250,000 to develop  four consensus plans: transportation, economic development, landscape and architectural for the rebirth of the French Broad River watershed as a destination where everyone would be welcomed to live, work and play.  The resulting Wilma Dykeman RiverWay plan consolidated 20 years of previous planning that RiverLink had initiated into a comprehensive plan designed to promote and protect the French Broad River, conserve land, control storm water and attract mixed-use, mixed-income multi-modal development.

Reservations are a must as seating is limited so call 828-252-8474, ext. 10 or even better, email melinda@riverlink.org to make your reservation today.

Mar
11
Wed
Volunteer Session Morning @ RiverLink Offices
Mar 11 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Volunteer Session Morning @ RiverLink Offices | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

The information session will detail all of RiverLink’s volunteer positions in a 30 minute Powerpoint presentation. Volunteers will have a chance to fill out a volunteer application, and the Volunteer Coordinator will be available to answer questions and help volunteers find their best fit at RiverLink.

Download the RiverLink Volunteer Application
RSVP to attend

Wednesday Workday March 11
Mar 11 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

WednesdayWorkdays is an initiative to get more volunteers out in the community and to help keep the French Broad River clean! WednesdayWorkdays will take place every week from 1pm-4pm and will be an extension of our Comprehensive CreekCare program. We will focus on trash removal along rivers and streams, invasive plant removal, native tree planting and also storm drain marking.

On March 11, we will focus on cleaning up the Swannanoa River Greenway and will meet at the entrance to the greenway at 1pm.

Click here to register

Volunteer Session Evening @ RiverLink Offices
Mar 11 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Volunteer Session Evening @ RiverLink Offices | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

Join RiverLink for an evening volunteer info session.  Starting at 5:00 p.m., there will be light snacks and beverages. The information session will begin at 5:30 p.m.

 The information session will detail all of RiverLink’s volunteer positions in a 30 minute Powerpoint presentation. Volunteers will have a chance to fill out a volunteer application, and the Volunteer Coordinator will be available to answer questions and help volunteers find their best fit at RiverLink.

Download the RiverLink Volunteer Application
RSVP to attend

Mar
12
Thu
“STARTING A BETTER BUSINESS” SEMINAR @ RiverLink Office
Mar 12 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Part of RiverLink’s mission is to stimulate the economic and environmental heath of the French Broad River watershed through arts & crafts, recreation, and health and wellness.  To further that effort, RiverLink and the Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) are pleased to announce a seminar focused on encouraging entrepreneurship and the nuts and bolts of starting a business in the French Broad River Watershed.

Noah Raper from SBTDC will cover the following topics:
– how to assess your business ownership skills
– how to assess the feasibility of your business idea
– the parts of a business plan
– the different types of business formations (sole proprietorship, LLC, partnerships, etc.)
– required licenses
– financing options

Session handouts will include a business plan outline, additional planning documents, and helpful resources to guide your business planning process. There will be an opportunity for discussion and to ask questions about specific aspects of business.

These sessions are free and open to anyone interested in starting a business, but registration is required in order to assure seating. 

 

About SBTDC
Founded in September 1984, North Carolina’s Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) is the business and technology extension service of the University of North Carolina which oversees the 16 constituent institutions of the University system. The Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. With a lead center located in Raleigh, NC, the SBTDC operates 10 regional service centers in 16 total offices, five specialty programs, and a strategy and organization development unit. Western North Carolina is served by two offices: one on campus at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee and one in downtown Asheville.

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