Eno River Currents Fall 2016

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December 2016

E no River Currents Eno River Association

77 Acres Protected: Farms, Plants, and Trails Kim Livingston The Eno River Association has had a stellar fall with three completed land protection projects spanning the spectrum of what helps make North Carolina great – local farms, biodiversity, and trails. FARM: This October, Eno, in partnership with Orange County, closed a 73-acre working lands easement on the Pope Farm in Cedar Grove. The Pope family has farmed this land since the 1870s. The farm is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is designated by Orange County as a Local Historic Landmark. Two springs on the farm feed a stream that bisects the property and flows into the East Fork Eno River. The property’s entire 2,000-feet of stream frontage is buffered by forest, providing exceptional water quality protection. The Popes’ own generous contribution to the project was enhanced by funds

from Orange County’s Land Legacy Program and grants from the NC Agricultural and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund and the City of Raleigh. PLANTS: Our Blue Indigo Slopes Nature Preserve, created in the mid-1980’s, was the Eno River Association’s first land purchased to hold in perpetuity and provides protected habitat for rare plant species living there, such as Wild Blue Indigo. This fall we acquired two adjoining parcels to expand and buffer the preserve. The project is part of a growing concentration of conserved properties along the Lower Eno

managed by Eno, the NC Plant Conservation Program, and the NC Botanical Garden. These properties also protect 215-feet of Eno River frontage. It was funded through Eno’s Margaret C. Nygard Land Acquisition Fund and a grant from the City of Raleigh. TRAIL: If you have ever hiked the NC Mountains-to-Sea Trail between Hillsborough and Falls Lake, you’ve probably noticed that some sections are on roads rather than trails. This winter, Eno will complete a trail easement acquisition filling one Continued on Page 3 CURRENTS 1

Sitting Privy Kim Livingston Confluence Natural Area: Just in time for the New Moon JamborEno, we completed our vault privy at the Confluence Natural Area north of Hillsborough. Though this may not seem exciting, it is a creature comfort we are thrilled to provide. And to boot, I heard more than one volunteer say, “that is the nicest privy I have ever used!”

The mission of the Eno River Association is to conserve and protect the nature, culture, and history of the Eno River basin.

Board of Directors Barbara Driscoll, President Alanna Garrison, Vice President Carson Harkrader, Treasurer Bercedis Peterson, Secretary Sara Childs Jo Fisher Joe Liles JoEllen Mason Milo Pyne Holly Reid Mike Salemi

Pete Schubert David Singleton Emeritus: Don Cox Nancy Gustaveson Duncan Heron

Staff Robin Jacobs, Executive Director Greg Bell, Festival Director Cynthia Satterfield, Development Director Kim Livingston, Conservation Director Hillary Bruce, Assoc. Director of Development & Communications Dave Cook, Education & Outreach Coordinator Carolee Helgesen, Volunteer Coordinator

Contact 4404 Guess Road Durham, NC 27712 919-620-9099 association@enoriver.org www.enoriver.org Layout & Design, Janice Eten Grapevine Print & Design Printed on 100% post-consumer content


Leave Nothing on the Table We live in an extraordinary time and an amazing community that has supported our conservation work for 50 incredible years. As we turn the page on our first half decade and anticipate the promise of our second, I want to thank each of you. Many individuals – from our founders to our newest volunteers and donors – make it possible for us to protect farms, forests, water, and wildlife across the watershed. In this newsletter, we celebrate three of our latest successes. If we have our way, each of these projects will open the door to yet another new opportunity to save land. You can make sure we never have to leave anything on the table. We have an ambitious year-end fundraising goal to meet, so I hope you will honor our 50th with an extra generous year-end gift. Please also tell your friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers about the Eno River Association, and ask them to support us. Together, we can save more of the places you love in Durham and Orange counties! Sincerely,

Robin Jacobs Executive Director

The new privy adds to the existing improved entrance road, parking area, and our growing trails, enhancing the property as a community resource. We are currently fundraising to construct an open-air classroom/pavilion that will be the anchor for our sensory garden and house school programs and community events. Planning is underway to open the Confluence to the public in the near future. Bees: Last Fall we collected seeds from nature preserves managed by the Eno River Association, NC Plant Conservation Program, and the NC Botanical Garden located in an area of the Lower Eno called the Diabase Sill. This region of Durham

supports a highly diverse and rare community of plants. Eno was awarded funding last year from the Burt’s Bees Greater Good Foundation to enhance these nature preserves and increase the numbers of bee-loving plant species. This October, volunteers from Burt’s Bees planted more than 300 seedlings into the nature preserves from the seeds they collected last fall. Establishing these plants will encourage bee activity and pollination, help preserve biodiversity, and enhance the stability of native and rare plant populations. If you are interested in getting involved in stewardship activities, please email kim@enoriver.org.

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77 Acres Protected: Farms, Plants, and Trails of those gaps. Once opened, this section will unlock 3 miles of additional trail in Eno River State Park. Future plans for the site include a pedestrian bridge across the river, eliminating the need to cross the Pleasant Green Road Bridge. Funding for the easement was provided by the Duke Energy Water Resource Fund.

Memories from the Pope Farm “I don’t remember going to a grocery store until the late 1940s. If we couldn’t produce it on the farm, we usually did without. Corn and wheat were converted to flour and meal. Grapes, apples, peaches, and pears were made into jams, jellies, and pies. We rambled over every inch of the family farm, and even played baseball in the pastures.” – Bob Pope Buttermilk Biscuits 2 c. flour 1 tsp. salt 1 tsp. baking powder ¼ tsp. baking soda 3 Tbsp. shortening ½ to ¾ c. buttermilk Sift flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda together. Cut in shortening and add buttermilk. Do not overmix. Turn out on lightly floured surface and knead 2 or 3 times. Pat out ½-inch thick and cut out biscuits. Bake at 425 degrees until lightly browned on top. – Janie Pope CURRENTS 3


The Eno River Association has been celebrating our semicentennial all year with events and outings, from a 50th Celebration at the Washington Duke Inn to a 50 Hikes on the Eno Challenge, a namesake beer brewed by Mystery Brewing, an awesome Festival for the Eno at West Point, and a killer Jambor-Eno at The Confluence in Hillsborough. We now have one last goal to meet this anniversary year: raise $50,000 for general operations and $20,000 for our land protection funds. General operations are the foundation of our work, so bolstering these funds will guarantee that we enter the new year (and our next decade) strong. Amping up our special funds will provide much needed cash for land protection and make us more competitive for grant funding. How can you help us meet our year-end fundraising goal? BUMP IT UP! You’ve read in this newsletter about three

recent land protection successes. We have three more in the works for 2017, a full schedule of volunteer workdays, and environmental education programs planned that will mentor a thousand kids. We have a lot of work to do and have planted a lot of seeds along the way. Now is NOT the time to miss new conservation opportunities for lack of funding. First and foremost, we’re asking you to consider bumping up your usual gift to our general fund (check the box on the enclosed remit envelope that says “Use Where Needed”). Second, consider bumping it up again for an additional gift to our land protection funds (check the box for the Margaret C. Nygard and/or Allen Lloyd Funds). Thanks to everyone who has supported the Eno River Association over the last five decades. Whether you are a donor, a volunteer, have attended an event, or all three, you are helping turn the dream of a permanently protected Eno into a reality. Here’s to another 50 years!

organization. You can make us a sole beneficiary, specify a dollar amount or percentage of your estate, or name us as a remainder beneficiary once specific sums have been paid to others. You can include us in your existing will with a simple amendment called a codicil. The Eno River Association can also be named a beneficiary of your life insurance policy, IRA, or pension plan.

“We must begin thinking like a river if we are to leave a legacy of beauty and life for future generations.” — David Brower, the first Executive Director of The Sierra Club A planned gift to the Eno River Association guarantees the continued protection of the river and its streams, the expansion of its parks and trails, and the conservation of local farms and

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significant support for our environmental education programs, which are reaching many minority and underserved children in our community. For camp registration information, contact Dave@enoriver.org. To help provide camp scholarships for needy kids or add to our pavilion fund for The Confluence, contact cynthia@enoriver.org.

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The Eno River Association’s education programs not only connect kids with nature, but they also help them succeed in the classroom. Thanks to ongoing support from the BurroughsWellcome Student Science Enrichment Fund, we will be continuing our iWalk the Eno Science and Nature Camp. We will also be launching a new middle and high school Summer Science Academy in 2018 at our Confluence Natural Area. The Burt’s Bees Greater Good Foundation has provided $5,000 in seed money to build a covered pavilion on the property that will serve as an outdoor classroom. Duke Energy Foundation and the Triangle Community Foundation have also provided

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Mentoring A New Generation

forests. If you haven’t thought about leaving such a legacy, now is the time. Gifts to support our general operations are especially appreciated. However, you can also express your deepest values with a contribution to one of our special funds. While gifts of cash and stock can have an immediate impact, a bequest to the Eno River Association in your will can be a change maker for the

You need our legal name, address, and Tax ID number to leave us a bequest or name us as a beneficiary: The Association for the Preservation of the Eno River Valley, Inc. at 4404 Guess Road, Durham NC 27712. Our Tax ID# is 56-1134204. To learn more about your planned giving options, call 919-620-9099 or email association@enoriver.org. It’s also a good idea to consult with your attorney, financial advisor, or insurance agent.

December Members-Only Sale Look for us in the INDY Week Give!Guide

The goal of the Give!Guide is rallying year-end giving from new donors and promoting philanthropy among those who are 35 an under.

Check out the Give!Guide and support Yours Truly today!

Stop by our office on Guess Rd. December 6th and 7th to stock up on Eno gifts for the holidays. Special members-only prices on Eno tees for men, women, and kids - and Festival of the Eno posters. Not a member yet? Don’t fret! You can join at the sale. Also available: ~ baby onesies ~ hats ~ bandanas ~ calendars ~ water bottles

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New Moon Jambor-Eno

The Eno River Association held two events at our emerging Confluence Natural Area this fall. In September, a wine and cheese party gave Wildflower Society members a sneak preview of the latest developments at the property. In October, 250 revelers came out for our New Moon Jambor-Eno featuring the music of Dr. Bacon plus Joe Tullos & The Bold Chorus. All enjoyed hayrides, hot dogs, hikes, a campfire, and s’mores. 6 CURRENTS


Heads-Up If You Give at the Workplace If you give to the Eno River Association through a payroll deduction at work, please note that we are no longer a giving option in the following campaigns: NC State Employees Combined Campaign, Greater NC Combined Federal Campaign, United Way of the Greater Triangle, Earth Share of NC, City of Durham, City of Raleigh, Duke University, Orange County, Town of Carrboro, Town of Chapel Hill, and Wake County. While we recognize that giving through the workplace is convenient and offers other benefits to employees, receiving donations through third party administrators has meant as much as an eighteen month delay in receiving donor gifts and putting them into action. Varying campaign rules have also made it difficult for us to provide donors with

timely acknowledgments and consistent, quality information about the impact they are helping make in our community. The Eno River Association continues to be a giving option in all “direct pay” campaigns where a third party administrator (such as United Way and Earth Share of North Carolina) is not involved. We are also still eligible for all corporate matching gifts. Please help spread the word that direct contributions to the Eno River Association are gladly accepted on our website at www.enoriver.org (and monthly recurring gifts are an option). Your contributions will be promptly acknowledged, and put to good work! Questions? Contact Cynthia at 919-620-

9099, x201 or cynthia@ enoriver.org.

A Tradition on Foot Our annual winter and spring hike series will be here soon. It is a opportunity to experience the Eno River with a group of people who enjoy the outdoors guided by knowledgeable leaders. Come for fun, come for exercise, come to explore the river and meet new people. We will kick off with the New Year’s Day hike at Eno River State Park’s Fews Ford Access, which will include steaming blackeye peas, hot chocolate, and marshmallows roasted in the fireplace. Every Sunday afternoon following until May 14 will be a different hike. Visit www.enoriver.org for details.

The Traveler, Eno Crow Broadside From the FLOW exhibition last winter at the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts, dedicated to the Eno River and the Eno River Association’s 50th Anniversary, poet Jeffery Beam and artist Michele Yellin have collaborated with Horse & Buggy Press to create this beautiful broadside featuring Michele’s lovely painting and Jeffery’s exceptional poem, with digitally printed images and letterpress text. Signed and numbered copies, donated to the Association by Jeffery Beam, are available at the Association office for $25. A special holiday gift! 8 CURRENTS

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Eventually you end up ambling past bushwhack and pine cathedral to Eno warble Light spangling through oak hickory standing in

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Water moss singing silent song to salamander fish


Up over never heard such cackle Treetop black-robed Caw-Caw sparring oak-muscle and water-sinew Boulders and call loosening body’s thrumming tether Needing only to be

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centuries, its watershed occupies most of Orange and Durham counties. Notable for its beauty and water quality, and for the determined

This broadside was designed by Dave Wofford of Horse & Buggy Press. The image was printed at Laser Image in Morrisville and the text was printed on a hand-fed, hand-cranked Vandercook letterpress by Dave in Durham. 150 broadsides were donated to the Eno River Association by the author.

citizen efforts which have preserved it, the river, an initial tributary of the Neuse, covers barely more than forty miles from its source to

Green Finch Press

its convergence at the Neuse. Artist Michele Yellin’s delightful response, The Traveler, to the poem Eno Crow, inspired this broadside.

Green Finch Keening #87. Of 350 broadsides this is number

These two works were born of an exhibition, FLOW, dedicated to the Eno River and the Eno River Association’s 50th Anniversary, at the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts in 2016. The Eno River rises in Orange County, North Carolina, and flows through downtown Hillsborough. Named for the the Eno tribe (also known as the Enoke or Wyanoak) that lived among its banks during the 17 th and 18th

Festival Volunteer Survey Results

This fall, we sent out a volunteer survey to our Festival volunteers and 200 participated. All 24 volunteer categories were represented in the results. To summarize, 92% of respondents said that the Festival for the Eno was “excellent” and “very good,” and the remaining 8% rated it as “good.” Of those who took the survey, 30% of them were first time volunteers with the vast majority being long time volunteers; 90% rated their volunteer experience “awesome” to “very good”; 86% of our volunteers felt they were prepared ahead of time; and 97% of our volunteers who took the survey said they would continue to volunteer and recommend volunteering to others.

All in all, we collected data and gathered ideas to make the Eno volunteer experience even better. We also learned more about how skilled and talented our volunteers are and hope to utilize those traits in the future. We want your input in how we can improve our Festival volunteer experience so, if you have thoughts or ideas you’d like to share with us, please email Carolee at carolee@ enoriver.org. Also, be sure to mark your calendars for Festival for the Eno 2017: Saturday, July 1st and Tuesday, July 4th! We look forward to working with you and truly appreciate your support.

Welcome New Staff Join us in welcoming three recent additions to the Eno River Association staff. Associate Director of Development and Communications Hillary Bruce helps with many behind-thescenes aspects of our fundraising program and keeps our supporters well informed. She has a background in fundraising and event management for non-profits, and a M.Ed. in higher education administration. You may have met Carolee Helgesen if you volunteered at this year’s Festival. Having worked in education and event planning, she started as our Festival Volunteer Coordinator and will now help meet all of our volunteer needs year-round. Dave Cook, our Education and Outreach Coordinator, now leads our educational programs at the river for school and community groups. He retired from NC State Parks and many of you may know him from his time as superintendent of Eno River State Park. We hope you have the opportunity to meet all three of our new team members, if you haven’t already!

50 Hikes on The Eno Challenge To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Eno River Association, we encouraged everyone to take 50 hikes on the Eno in 2016 and to get a “50 Hikes” tee shirt. So far almost 900 hikes have been logged and there is still time. Visit http://www.enoriver.org/50hikes/ for information.

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