Thank You for Another Successful Festival!

Great music, food, and fun – plus a lot of helping hands – made this year’s Festival for the Eno one of the most memorable. Thanks to each and all for coming, and thanks to all of our sponsors for supporting us. We’ll see you next year, if not before!

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Donate Your Old Vehicle & Benefit the River

If you have an old car, boat, RV, jet ski, motorcycle, or other vehicle taking up space in your driveway or garage, you can now donate it to the Eno River Association and support the permanent protection of land, water and wildlife in our community. We have partnered with CARS to make the process as easy as possible. Just call 855-500-7433 or fill out this simple web form. CARS will come to your house and tow or haul the vehicle away, give you a receipt for tax purposes, and send Eno River Association a check. So, what are you waiting for?

Resolution Regarding House Bill 2

Whereas, the Eno River Association is an organization deeply rooted in its community, dedicated to protecting the special natural places in the Eno River basin for the benefit of all people; and

Whereas, HB2 has already had a significant negative effect on plans for the 2016 Festival for the Eno; and

Whereas, the Board of Directors of the Eno River Association finds the discriminatory provisions of House Bill 2 and the curtailment of legal protections against discrimination under state law to be disappointing, mean-spirited, wrong, and clearly not in the best interests of North Carolina;

Now Therefore Be It Resolved, that the Board of Directors of the Eno River Association urges the North Carolina General Assembly to repeal House Bill 2 at the earliest opportunity.

– adopted by the Eno River Association  Board of Directors on 4/14/2016

Eno’s National Accreditation Renewed

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The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, has announced that the Eno River Association has been awarded renewed accredited status. The Eno River Association was first accredited in August 2010.  To learn more click here.

Wanna Take a Hike?

Ann Prince confluence hikeThe Eno River Association has been leading people out to hike and explore the Eno for the last 50 years. We hope everyone will take advantage of the miles of trails along the river in 2016 and Take a Hike! This year, you can log your hikes in our virtual log book and participate in our 50 Hikes on the Eno Challenge- to get out and hike on the Eno 50 times in 2016! Log your hikes here and find out more about the challenge. We can help you decide where to go- check out our Spring Hike Series if you want to learn more about the nature and history of the Eno.

Another Piece Added to the Park Puzzle

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On December 30th, the Eno River Association acquired 6.4 acres of land for addition into the Eno River State Park.  The property straddles the Durham – Orange county line off Sparger Road.  The Association purchased the property from local landowner Curtis Crosby using funds donated to the Association’s Margaret C. Nygard Land Acquisition Fund.  Many of the more recent gifts made to the fund were in memory of Margaret Nygard’s husband, Holger Nygard, who died in the spring of this year.  Though small, the property provides an important forested buffer to the Eno River and increased connectivity for wildlife in an area where the park was very narrow along the river.  This section of the Eno is designated as a Significant Natural Heritage Area by the North Carolina Natural Heritage Program, partly due to rare mussels like the Atlantic pigtoe, Yellow lampmussel, and Eastern lampmussel that live there.  The land is surrounded by the State Park on two sides and comes within 150-feet of the North Carolina Mountains-to-Sea Trail which runs along the river. The property will protect the view-shed of the trail by providing a scenic buffer from the adjacent residential developments and Sparger Road.

Hydrilla: The Eno River’s #1 Enemy

Hydrilla, a fast-spreading non-native weed, is threatening our river!

  • It is growing in dense mats, affecting swimming, paddling, and fishing
  • It is crowding out our native plants
  • It is making it hard for large native game fish like White Bass to thrive
  • It is encouraging the growth of toxic blue-green algae that can threaten local birds

To learn more about efforts to monitor & control Hydrilla, visit our Hydrilla webpage.IMG_0064In 2011, Eno River State Park rangers worked with iWalk the Eno Summer Camp volunteers to hand-pull Hydrilla.