Why Sherwood Forest Friends?
Sherwood Forest Friends was created in 2017. The mission of the organization is to promote, enhance and preserve the natural resources and cultural heritage in the vicinity of Sherwood Forest and Cedar Mountain, NC. The organization’s service area is defined as the area within a five-mile radius of Cedar Mountain, NC. Goals of the organization include:
To promote a greater understanding of the geological, historical, ecological, environmental and social features of this mountain community, by offering opportunities for ecology research and hosting community-wide seminars by recognized experts in these fields.
To enhance the appreciation of traditional mountain culture, including the music, dance, theater and art of the area, by sponsoring community-wide events to showcase these cultural assets.
To preserve and protect the natural resources and ecosystem of the area, by promoting policies that protect the area’s watershed, by expanding habitats for native animals and plants, and by acquiring and protecting land within or adjacent to the Sherwood Forest to be maintained in a natural state.
In order to achieve these goals, Sherwood Forest Friends will partner with the Sherwood Forest community to sponsor educational seminars to be offered to the residents of Cedar Mountain. SFF will provide honoraria and travel expenses for invited speakers who can offer educational programs at Cedar Mountain Community Center or at one of Sherwood Forest’s two venues—the Robin Hood Centre and the Robin Hood Barn.
SFF also plans to sponsor cultural events such as square dances, musical performances, art exhibits, etc. to showcase the area’s mountain heritage, particularly during the summer months when many seasonal visitors are in the area. SFF will partner with Brevard College’s music department to bring traditional and contemporary music performances to the area.
SFF will provide opportunities for research to expand understanding of the mountain ecosystem, by partnering with universities, private and public entities engaging in ecological research, and by offering an outdoor laboratory for research projects. The organization will invite naturalists to lead walks, give talks, and do research.
Finally, SFF plans to acquire property, by purchase or by donation, to preserve native plant and animal habitats, and to preserve environmentally significant land. By enabling property owners to receive a tax deduction for donating land to SFF, the organization hopes to protect environmentally significant land from development. SFF will partner with Conserving Carolina (formerly Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy) to place conservation easements on property if possible. Where this is not possible, SFF will place deed restrictions on property to protect it.
This organization will promote the goals of environmental responsibility represented in this community, accept land that can become protected, and generally enhance the quality of life in this mountain community.