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Eco-Community NC & Acres and Acres of Land

Dateline Asheville, North Carolina, October, 2009
News and Views from "GREEN-O-Lina"   

The Eco-Community & Conservation Land

THIS WEEK I had the good fortune to hike the sunny trails leading from an amazing eco-friendly community just minutes from downtown Asheville. This model for sustainable innovation, Hickory Nut Forest is one of the first ECO developments in the USA to combine wide-ranging land conservation with an eco-friendly community of green-built  homes, to be powered by renewable energy -(wind power, hydropower , geothermal) - to create  a  "net-zero-energy community". Living in this conservation neighborhood means enjoying the forever-wild mountain forests, soaring cliffs and pristine, cascading streams, out your back door. You can walk for miles in the serenity of nature.  
 
Hiking trails lead conveniently from the building sites into 800+ acres of nature preserve lands  with waterfalls, streams, cliffs and mountaintop vistas. And, here a learning/teaching and community center is taking shape. Based on the model of the grist mill that once stood here, the building is being "built green" and features wood harvested with TLC from the site. (see video)

 

 

 

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Here is an example of sustainable forestry.

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) about 9 years ago

janeAnne - I have never seen anything like this before.  The video was great... and I enjoyed the music as well.  What a great enterprise to be involved with.

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) about 9 years ago

Hi janeAnne, I have been watching National Parks this week and this video is excellent and seems as a current example of the concepts taught through the Sierra Club and other envirnmental groups. As green construction increases , it helps to understand the part that all of our public lands and re-forestation will play in ur future.

Posted by William Johnson, San Diego Real Estate Voice, GRI CRS e-Pro CDPE (RE/MAX Associates) about 9 years ago

I've been asked several times about how does one get an eco-community going. So janeAnne, I'll ask you how this one began. I'm wondering about county regulations, state regulations, a group of determined people...how, how, how. Wonderful that this is happening. Please keep us informed as it comes along.

Posted by Sherry Siegel, Managing Broker, EcoBroker, ABR (BrokersGroup, serving Sequim and Port Angeles) about 9 years ago

Joan~

I am HUGELY attracted to the idea of sustainable innovation and consider this project to be a fine example...

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) about 9 years ago

Hi William~

I've been watching Ken Burns' amazing series as well. .."..our national parks...the best idea we've had..." I agree with you when you say, " it helps to understand the part that all of our public lands and re-forestation will play in our future.

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) about 9 years ago

Sherry~

This is an amazing tale...I will ask those who spearhead the project to do a guest blog! and will be sure to put a link here...

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) about 9 years ago
janeAnne, you have my attention! I keep an eye out for your blogs and most definitely keep up with the guest blogs you post.
Posted by Sherry Siegel, Managing Broker, EcoBroker, ABR (BrokersGroup, serving Sequim and Port Angeles) about 9 years ago

janeAnne,

This is great. It makes me excited to think that the other end of NC is getting a great eco community. By the way is this anywhere near Highland Lake? I was at Highland Lake last October and the owner of the Lake House was talking about a community there for retirees to be participants in growing food and all sorts of things. Great area you have there - hope some of the Eco-building finds its way to the coast.

Posted by Kathryn Gorham, Emerald Isle NC Crystal Coast (Green Key Realty) about 9 years ago

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