“Nature holds the key to our aesthetic, intellectual, cognitive and even spiritual satisfaction.” -E.O. Wilson
How your donation helps
Educational centers like OM Sanctuary offer a platform for educators to make a change, starting with our guests’ health and wellbeing. Your donation will help support an institution that cares about a whole system approach to wellness and sustainable living.
The OM Sanctuary Sustainable Green Stewardship Project focuses on holistic solutions, education, and practices that can enhance the resilience of our ecosystem for the sake of people and the planet. For this reason, the continued stewardship our 42 acre forest is at the center of our efforts to promote a sustainable future.
As caretakers of a beautiful property, OM Sanctuary recognizes the importance of restoring the native plants for the health of all the living things in the region.
Together, we can make a difference. Our past work work has brought our organization into partnerships with other eco-friendly non-profits. We encourage you to become a part of our future as part of the SOLUTION for preserving life and health.
Ecosystem Restoration Timeline:
- 2011: OM Sanctuary donated the Pearson Bridge property to RiverLink during the initial Richmond Hill purchase. At the purchase both parties set aside a 20-foot strip for the future City Greenway passage. OM Sanctuary retained river side access on the French Broad River for programs and continued restoration.
- 2012: OM Sanctuary participated in a Hospitality Greening Assessment with the Waste Reduction Partners on February 3 & 22, 2012 of the facility to understand its carbon footprint. The Hospitality Greening Assessment received on April 4, 2012 has been guiding the implementation of the organization’s ongoing energy efficiency changes.
- 2014: In partnership with the Nature Conservancy, the first stage of the campus holistic Grounds Management Plan for OM Sanctuary was implemented.
- 2015: To further our commitment, a Deed of Conservation Easement on April 13, 2015 was placed on the 42 acres of undeveloped woodland forest with Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy as our partner.
- 2016: A Forest Stewardship Plan for the OM Sanctuary forest was adopted on August 30, 2016.
- 2016: MountainTrue and OM Sanctuary partnered to begin an ongoing invasive removal with volunteers for OM Sanctuary’s 42 acre forest.
- 2017: A Forest Carbon Sequestration Evaluation was prepared by the EcoForesters of Asheville for the OM Sanctuary forest on April 17, 2017.
- 2018: On April 6, 2018 a phase I, Prescribed Burn took place in the OM Sanctuary woodland acreage. The burn was lead by Nature Conservancy in partnership with Asheville Fire Department training crew.
- 2019: Beginning in March, OM Sanctuary will be accelerating the invasive plant removal. The treatments will consist of a combination of applied herbiary removal with goats, cut stumps, low-impact foliar treatments, and forestry mulching operations.