Our 2016 year in review

Whether celebrating the centennial of the national parks system or expanding Mount Mitchell State Park, 2016 has been a great year. Join us as we take a look back at our top moments from the year:

The Conservation Fund acquired the land from Cattail Peak down 3,500 feet to the Cane River, which reset the park boundary from the bottom of the mountain to the top. Now that it is out of private ownership for the first time since 1925, hikers can enjoy the high-elevation spruce-fir trees that support a thriving ecosystem.

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Expanding Mount Mitchell State Park was one of the highlights from this year

We were part of the historic negotiations to purchase all 2,750 acres donated by the Conservation Fund to the state park. Fred and Alice Stanback provided the funds for the contribution made by the Conservation Fund to Mount Mitchell State Park. All ensuring a legacy for hikers and citizens to enjoy for years to come.

We joined Jake Blood of the NC High Peaks Trail Association, local conservationists and the Asheville Citizen-Times staff to hike the beautiful Black Mountain Crest Trail, ending at Cattail Peak.

We were part of the historic negotiations to purchase all 2,750 acres donated by the Conservation Fund to the state park. Fred and Alice Stanback provided the funds for the contribution made by the Conservation Fund to Mount Mitchell State Park. All ensuring a legacy for hikers and citizens to enjoy for years to come.

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Waterton Lakes and Glacier National Park

Famous for its rich blue color and crystal clear water, Crater Lake was formed 7,700 years ago when a volcano collapsed after erupting. It is the deepest lake in the United States (1,943 feet) and ninth deepest in the world.

Glacier National Park is located in Montana and the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia in Canada. The park borders Waterton Lakes National Park in Canada, which together form the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. We had the pleasure of visiting both the Canada and USA side of the national park, and captured these stunning views.

This year’s most viewed post was a tribute to my dad, Leo Kelleher.

Happy new year to all!

 

 

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