Current Projects

Firewise Communities/USA Recognition Program

The Firewise Communities/USA Recognition Program is a process that empowers neighbors to work together in reducing their wildfire risk.

About the Firewise Communities Program

Brush, grass and forest fires don’t have to be disasters. NFPA’s Firewise Communities Program encourages local solutions for safety by involving homeowners in taking individual responsibility for preparing their homes from the risk of wildfire. Firewise is a key component of Fire Adapted Communities – a collaborative approach that connects all those who play a role in wildfire education, planning and action with comprehensive resources to help reduce risk.

The program is co-sponsored by the USDA Forest Service, the US Department of the Interior, and the National Association of State Foresters.

To save lives and property from wildfire, NFPA’s Firewise Communities program teaches people how to adapt to living with wildfire and encourages neighbors to work together and take action now to prevent losses. We all have a role to play in protecting ourselves and each other from the risk of wildfire.






Past Projects

Forest Products Grant

Land of Sky Regional Council (LOSRC) awarded grants to 11 local businesses to produce jobs and stimulate the economy of Western North Carolina.  The American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) funds were the second round of economic stimulus awards provided by the USDA Forest Service's Southern Research Station and dispersed from LOSRC to generate jobs by helping forest producers improve their forest products, marketing, and production methods.  Total awards from both rounds come to $1,209,764.00.  Mountain Valleys RC&D was proud to be one of the recipients to receive ARRA funds from LOSRC in the amount of $97,500.00 which was used to train loggers and forest works to sustainably open old roads and trails in private forests while implementing forest stewardship plans for innovative approaches to forest uses.


Southern Appalachian Weed Management Partnership

In 2010 and 2011 Mountain Valleys RC&D provided grant administration for the Southern Appalachian Weed Management Partnership. SACWMP works cooperatively to protect and restore the significant natural heritage of the Southern Appalachians by preventing, detecting, and controlling invasive exotic plants.

Their primarily focus is along the Appalachian National Scenic Trail (A.T.) corridor, USDA National Forest lands, National Park Service units, and along state roads and highways where invasive exotic plants and natural areas of high conservation significance occur. The collaborative management effort overcomes jurisdictional boundaries and the resource burden of individual agencies and organizations while establishing common goals and facilitating cooperation and shared environmental stewardship. 


Mountain Valleys RC&D supports the efforts of:

Backyard Bow Pro, a local organization that links ethical licensed bow hunters with landowners wishing to sustainably control white tail deer populations on their land.  A portion of the deer meat goes to local food relief agencies.

For more information please visit their website: