BearWise: Tips for All of Us

Given the uptick in human-bear interaction in our community, neighbor Sarah Oram has these top tips from BearWise to to keep everyone safe!

BearWise Haw Creek participants agree to:

  • Not put out their garbage until collection day morning, and to secure it (in a garage, shed, or locked area) throughout the week
  • Not feel bears directly
  • Secure or remove unintended bear food sources around the house (birdseed, dirty grills, pet food, garbage, etc)
  • Contact State Assistant Biologist, Ashley Hobbs (Ashley.Hobbs@ncwildlife.org) to report escalated bear behavior and to secure/remove any bear attractants for at least two weeks after the reported incident
  • Notify NC Wildlife’s Justin McVey on 828 273 7980 about any bear encounters that feel unusually aggressive to humans or pets
  • Educate Haw Creek neighbors and friends about BearWise recommendations for the safety of both humans and bears

Sarah would like to organize neighborhoods in Haw Creek for BearWise certification. If you are interested in learning more, please contact her on 828 298 4893 or oramsarah@gmail.com.

 

Feature image from Pixabay

September 2021 in Haw Creek!

Don’t forget about these events and opportunities to participate!

DEVELOPMENT SURVEY

The Mt. Xpress is conducting a survey of residents to assess their knowledge of the development process in the City of Asheville and Buncombe County. Did you know, for instance, that in Asheville the approval process for the vast majority of developments – Level I, Level II, and Major Subdivisions – do not include participation by residents or neighborhood associations?

Take the survey today! and help CAN (Coalition of Asheville Neighborhoods) and Mt Xpress strengthen public participation in development processes!
In addition to the survey, three online conversations about the project are scheduled via Zoom for 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 13 (avl.mx/ae1); 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16 (avl.mx/adz); and 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 18 (avl.mx/ady). Advance registration is requested, but drop-in attendance is also welcomed.

 

FIREWISE

a Zoom workshop

with NC State Wildfire Mitigation Forester Wesley Sketo
  • Creating fire defensible space
  • Better home materials building selection
  • Fire resistant landscaping
  • and more!

Tuesday, 9/21/21 at 6 p.m.

To register, or for more info, please email Sarah Oram at oramsarah@gmail.com by 9/16 (with your name and zip code).

 

BEARWISE

a Zoom workshop

with NC Asst. State Black Bear Biologist Ashley Hobbs
  • New BearWise initiative to prevent and handle human/wildlife conflicts
  • BearWise community certification
  • Bear encounter must dos & more

Tuesday, 9/28/21 at 6 p.m.

To register, or for more info, please email Sarah Oram at oramsarah@gmail.com by 9/16 (with your name and zip code).

 

AUTUMN PLANT SALE

The Haw Creek Elementary School PTA will be selling mums, gords, and pumpkins from 8am – 3pm on Saturday 25 September at 948 Tunnel Rd. Proceeds benefit Haw Creek Elementary.

 

 

EAST ASHEVILLE TAILGATE MARKET

Get yourself to the Groce Methodist Church every Friday through November for delicious, fresh produce, honey, crafts, and more.

3pm – 6pm, Fridays.

https://www.eastashevillemarket.com/

 

 

 

Bearwise and Firewise Workshops

Democratic Voting Precinct, 23.2 presents:

FIREWISE and BEARWISE

in Western North Carolina

Tuesday, September 21st and Tuesday, September 28th, both at 6 p.m. via Zoom

 

To register, or for more info, please email Sarah Oram at oramsarah@gmail.com by 9/16 (with your name and zip code).

FIREWISE

with NC State Wildfire Mitigation Forester Wesley Sketo

  • Creating fire defensible space
  • Better home materials building selection
  • Fire resistant landscaping
  • and more

Tuesday, 9/21/21 at 6 p.m.

 

BEARWISE

with NC Asst. State Black Bear Biologist Ashley Hobbs

  • New BearWise initiative to prevent and handle human/wildlife conflicts
  • BearWise community certification
  • Bear encounter must dos & more

Tuesday, 9/28/21 at 6 p.m.

Living on steep slopes or in the Urban Wildland Interface, these topics are critical to living safely in our homes and neighborhoods.

Invite your friends and RSVP by Thursday, September 16th to oramsarah@gmail.com.

(You can participate while eating dinner or in your PJs with your cameras off!)

The Experience of Trees

Ally Fouts, McCullough Fellow at UNC Asheville, is conducting research about how the tree canopy affects the well-being of Asheville residents.

As a part of this research, Ally is distributing a virtual survey to gain an understanding of how Asheville residents perceive and value trees. The survey will be brief (approximately 10 minutes to complete), anonymous, and limited to Asheville residents who are at least 18 years old.

You can find the survey at: https://uncasocsci.iad1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9A1nbKylVEYgTxI 

Ally also hopes to conduct interviews (30 – 45 minutes) with a few residents from each neighborhood in pursuit of a more enriching discussion about these topics. Questions will be related to the amount of trees in the neighborhood, perception of trees, personal impact of trees, and what tree-related actions should be taken in the neighborhood. Insight shared with the interview will be anonymized in any published reports, unless the participant requests otherwise.

Interested parties can fill in this confidential form: https://uncasocsci.iad1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6WFpt7ETEMlKR7w

 

 

City of Asheville Greenway and Sidewalk Survey

Lucy Crown, the City of Asheville’s greenway coordinator, has asked the Coalition of Asheville Neighborhoods (CAN) to help promote a survey, gathering public input into updating the City’s Greenway Plan, ADA Transition Plan, and Pedestrian Plan.

 This combined planning process, known as the Close the GAP, will identify a network of the pedestrian, greenway, and accessibility networks for our community as well as programs and policies to support it.

The Close the GAP survey addresses sidewalks and greenways in Asheville. It also has questions related to a new initiative for natural surface trails (aka dirt trails) in Asheville, called “Asheville Unpaved

To take the survey, please click on this link: ashevillenc.gov/closethegap.

The survey will be live until Dec. 31.

Please take this survey if you’re interested in more and better sidewalks and greenways within Asheville city limits. The City recommends watching an overview presentation found on the Close the Gap webpage, before taking the survey.

The link to that presentation is https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/660321958f834674928a07ff4dda823b

CAN encourages public input into all City of Asheville’s initiatives that could help build better neighborhoods.

TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY. TAKE THE SURVEY.

Respectfully

Patrick Gilbert

Vice President, Government Relations

Coalition of Asheville Neighborhoods

HEADS UP, HAW CREEK!

Hello Neighbors!

We’ve all had our noses to the grindstone to pick our way through this long year … but the next few evenings give us every reason to look up and perk up! Our long-time Haw Creek neighbor and “resident astronomer”, Bernard Arghiere, sent a reminder about a celestial planetary event not seen as closely positioned since 1623.

Starting this evening, December 17, you can watch the “Great Conjunction” of the planets Jupiter and Saturn, joined by a bright crescent moon -but you’ll have to get away from city lights.  The Haw Creek Overlook on the Parkway gives you the necessary south-west orientation, and the closest the planets will come to each other is on December 21st, coinciding with the Winter Solstice. Go around sunset time (by 7:15 p.m. the planets will be too near the horizon), bump into some of your neighbors, and get uplifted by an event that no one has seen as closely in the past 400 years!

Please read Bernard’s informative article about this event at this link.

See you at the Overlook!

Asheville’s Proposed New Noise Ordinance: A Call to Action

by Patrick Gilbert

The City of Asheville has released its draft Noise Ordinance, and it is asking for public comment, before making any further changes and presenting it to the City Council in the Spring.

Haw Creek residents are fortunate in that, unlike those in West Asheville, downtown, North Montford, and other neighborhoods, we’re relatively unharmed by excessive noise disturbance from bars, large construction projects or large outdoor music venues–for now.

But as the City embarks on implementing urban centers and other large mixed-use high-density projects along the major corridors, such as Tunnel Rd, that could easily and quickly change.

It will be easier to advocate changes to protect the quality of life of all residential neighborhoods now, than it will be once an ordinance is in place.

The City has extended its public input until Monday, Dec. 14. Click here https://publicinput.com/noise to get to the City’s Noise Ordinance page, scroll down to the bar and find the Feedback Form.

Additionally, here
https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vTWnxR2NUPpLG1v6sUIQ1JDevRHjudEz0nLedNwUEJidvBF9CjcB2J2Kf_mtmixJbLb1KrGZAWXxCqj/pub

is the link to a handy guide created by the Coalition of Asheville Neighborhoods that shows the key issues of the draft Noise Ordinance and sample language to use in your feedback comments.

MAKE YOUR VIEWS MATTER.

2020 Holiday Cheer!

While the pandemic limits many activities, one that remains this holiday season is enjoying holiday lights displays. In Haw Creek some neighbors have stepped up big-time.

Two categories worthy of note:

Best street for holiday lights: Ozark Spring Lane (off Bell Rd) Beautiful displays and broad participation. Well done!

Clark Griswold Award for Individual Achievement: 893 New Haw Creek Rd has high wattage fun visible from the space station

If you know another address in zip 28805 worthy of recognition, please let us know.