Vote for West Point on the Eno Park!

parksbuildThis Earth Month, the National Recreation and Park Association is having a contest- whichever Durham Park receives the most votes will get a $20,000 grant. At West Point on the Eno, the funds would go to great use to revitalize a natural play space and create a more accessible boat launch. Let’s help more people connect with nature at the Eno. Vote every day and let’s win this for the Eno! Go to NRPA.org/beinspired and vote today- and tomorrow, too. Registration is quick and easy. Share this with your friends and neighbors and help our community build upon our already awesome parks.

Resolution of the Board of Directors of the Eno River Association 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 in regular meeting 4/14/2016

 

 

Eno River Association Earns Renewed National Recognition

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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.

Spring Hikes on the Eno

Spring Hikes Get You Outside
Sundays at 2:00 PM! For a complete schedule, click here or check out our Google Calendar!

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Eno River Paddle Trips

Join Frog Hollow and the Eno River Association as we make our way down the Eno River. Each month, we’ll paddle a new section of the river. Come with us and discover the river that has been home to Native Americans and Colonial settlers. Check out the 867 foot monadnock called Occoneechee Mountain, and watch turtles sunbathe. Register now at FrogHollowOutdoors.com. Eno River Association members receive a discount – email education@enoriver.org for the discount code!

Photo by James Hill

Photo by James Hill

March 12 Three Rivers Exploration – Approx. 3 hour trip
May 22 West Point to Penny’s Bend – Approx. 2.5 hour trip
July 3 Penny’s Bend to Redmill Road – Approx. 2.5 hour trip
August 13 West Point on the Eno Night Paddle** – Approx. 2 hour trip
September 4 Hillsborough – Approx. 3 hour trip
October 8 Occoneechee Mountain area – Approx. 2 hour trip

 

Education Intern Position Available

We are seeking a summer intern to assist with education programs including iWalk the Eno Science and Nature Camp and at the Festival for the Eno. Apply today- Internship Information: 2016 Eno Education Program Assistant

We want you to 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.

2016 Calendars available now- 50 Years of Protecting the Eno

EnoCalendarCover-WebNeed a great way to kick off 2016- the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Eno River Association? Need to hang some beautiful photos on your wall? Need a bunch of little squares to write birthdays on? We’ve got you covered! Pick up your Eno calendar at these fine local shops or the Association office on Guess Road. Email calendar@enoriver.org for more info or visit the calendar webpage here.

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?

Land on the Banks of Pea Creek Protected

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Eno River Association has completed the acquisition of the 17.52 acre Rees Property in eastern Orange County, about 1000 feet east of Eno River State Park.  Joe Rees, who served on the Eno River Association’s board from 1996 to 1999, donated the property to the Association. The Rees property is identified as a high priority parcel, within the top 2% of all properties in the Eno basin, in the Upper Neuse Clean Water Initiative watershed protection plan. The forested property will provide wildlife habitat and permanent stream buffer protection for approximately 2,480 linear feet along Pea Creek, a major tributary of the Eno River.  Joe Rees’ generous land donation is enhanced by a grant from City of Raleigh to the Association’s stewardship endowment as part of the City’s program to protect the headwaters of Falls Lake.