Leicester, North Carolina 28748
828-683-3662The Long Branch Environmental Education Center, Inc. is a small educational institute in Buncombe County’s Newfound Mountains, about 18 miles northwest of Asheville, North Carolina. Set aside in 1974 as an ecological sanctuary and land trust, it has developed into an educational center for sharing positive strategies of sustainability and local self-reliance in the areas of environmental design, organic food production, renewable energy, shelter design and construction, appropriate technology, resource conservation, recycling, wildlife protection, ecological restoration, and improved environmental quality.
The Land itself is over 1600 acres of rugged wilderness and farmland ranging in elevation from 3,000 to 5,152 feet in the Newfound Mountain range, a side-chain between the Black Mountains on the Blue Ridge Escarpment to the east, and the Great Smoky Mountains, 9 miles to the west.
Over sixteen hundred acres are mostly mature mixed mesophytic woodlands with elevations ranging from 2,500 to 5,152 feet including both ridge and nose as well as moist cove areas of all aspects, bisected with several mountain springs and streams where rare and endangered native plant species are conserved. Five acres are managed in a Permaculture design of small scale organic gardens, crops, orchards, and rainbow trout aquaculture in an integrated edible landscape.
This is a campus group.
Geographical Scope: Local
Added on 12-13-2005
Updated on 12-18-2005