Support the work of the HCCA by renewing your membership! We need your help as we pursue becoming a BearWise community. Your annual $12 membership provides educational opportunities and resources for all our neighbors. Join today!
Haw Creek is the first neighborhood in North Carolina to pursue the BearWise designation. Through the BearWise program, our neighborhood aims to reduce the negative interactions with the native black bear population.
BearWise was developed by bear experts from the Southeastern states and is supported by Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. The program shares ways to prevent conflicts, provides resources to resolve problems, and encourages community initiatives to keep bears wild.
Want to help Haw Creek become BearWise? Join the BearWise leadership team today and help implement the six BearWise basics in our neighborhood. Email us today at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to join the leadership team.
The Six BearWise Basics
Never Feed or Approach Bears: Intentionally feeding bears or allowing them to find anything that smells or tastes like food teaches bears to approach homes and people looking for more. Bears will defend themselves if a person gets too close, so don’t risk your safety and theirs!
Secure Food, Garbage and Recycling: Food and food odors attract bears, so don’t reward them with easily available food, liquids or garbage.
Remove Bird Feeders When Bears Are Active: Birdseed and grains have lots of calories, so they’re very attractive to bears. Removing feeders is the best way to avoid creating conflicts with bears.
Never Leave Pet Food Outdoors: Feed pets indoors when possible. If you must feed pets outside, feed in single portions and remove food and bowls after feeding. Store pet food where bears can’t see or smell it.
Clean & Store Grills: Clean grills after each use and make sure that all grease, fat and food particles are removed. Store clean grills and smokers in a secure area that keeps bears out.
Alert Neighbors to Bear Activity: See bears in the area or evidence of bear activity? Tell your neighbors and share information on how to avoid bear confl icts. Bears have adapted to living near people; now it’s up to us to adapt to living near bears.
There’s currently an opening on the HCCA Board of Directors. Live in Haw Creek and want to help build up your neighborhood? Email us today at email@example.com.
The HCCA Board works to build community through social events, including the summer BBQ and other events throughout the year, and we encourage and help residents in creating local interest groups. We maintain the neighborhood through litter cleanups and augment it by working to create shared spaces such as Haw Creek Park and the Masters Park. We also work closely with the city to improve pedestrian and bike safety with sidewalks, to prevent over-development, and to advocate for Haw Creek homeowners and the neighborhood in general whenever issues arise.
What is involved with being a board member?
Be a member in good standing of the HCCA with annual dues paid.
Attend monthly board meetings, which are approximately 1.5 hours in duration. Some month’s meeting may be shorter if combined with a social event. Be accessible for personal contact in between board meetings.
Attend Association sponsored events.
Be willing to serve on a committee or take on an assignment if needed.
Take responsibility for self-education on the major issues before the board.
Act as an ambassador for HCCA by helping to communicate the mission of our organization with neighbors and Haw Creek organizations through the Association’s various communications and at social events.
Membership in the Association is available to residents, as well as property owners, in the Haw Creek community.
Memberships are payable in January although you can join at any time. Only $12 per Household
The Association needs your participation to keep communications flowing. In an effort to make membership affordable for more community members, we keep the amount low. However, membership fees alone fall short of the money required to publish and mail newsletters, and maintain a website. If you are able to contribute beyond the membership amount, your tax-deductible donation will be greatly appreciated by the Haw Creek community.
You may pay by check or pay online through PayPal (no PayPal account necessary – credit cards accepted) by clicking on the “donate” button below.
If paying by check, make your check for $12 to HCCA and mail to: HCCA P.O. Box 9193 Asheville, NC 28815
If not printed on your check, please write: member names, postal address, phone number, and e-mail address in the memo area.