Special Announcement from Friends of Lower Haw (FLOHA)
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Stewardship, education, and advocacy for the Lower Haw River State Natural Area.

Special Message

February 2023 

Dear Friends -
We have been busy over the past six years working to improve and protect the Lower Haw River State Natural Area. In that time we have never charged membership dues. However now we are reaching out to you, our members, to ask for your financial support to continue our efforts.
We have benefitted in the past from generous donations from the bePhilARThropy's Bynum Bridge Fest and the Chatham Marketplace's Register Round-Up, but we can no longer depend on those sources of funding. So we are appealing to our membership to help fund our continued stewardship, advocacy and education work. We are an all volunteer board, but our projects and programs have costs. Please consider how our efforts have improved the area and make a donation to help us continue.

Stewardship - Enhancing infrastructure and restoring habitat.
Some examples include: the Paddle Launch at 64, Shade Shelter at 15-501, three Information Kiosks, our Trash Can Project (installation and trash removal), Invasive Plant Removal, Pollinator Garden, Bird Boxes.
Education - Providing programs and outings to connect people with nature and promote awareness of the Lower Haw ecosystem. 
We offer outings and presentations, and have created videos and informational materials. Our Wildlife Camera project documents the animals that live in the Lower Haw.

Advocacy - Encouraging conservation of lands along the Haw River and the establishment and maintenance of sustainable land and paddle trails.
We initiated the Haw River Trail Steering Committee, and we successfully advocated for a county Trails and Open Space Planner, who began work in January. We are a member of the Great Trails State Coalition that advocates for more state funding for all types of trails.

We know you share our passion and concern for the river we love so much. Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to continue these efforts. 
Donations may be made online at this link:  Click the Donate button and make sure the “Purpose” indicates “Friends of Lower Haw River State Natural Area” so that your donation will be dedicated to our Friends group.
Donations may also be made by check payable to “Friends of Lower Haw River SNA” and mailed to:
Friends of Lower Haw
PO Box 65
Bynum, NC 27228 

Thank you in advance.

Anne Geer, President
About Us

Enjoying Nature Through a Lens
Nature photographers share their wonderful photos taken in the Lower Haw River State Natural Area. To see more nature photos in past issues of our newsletter, check out the Publications page on our website. You can also find nature photos on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Follow Us on Facebook & Instagram!
Follow us on Facebook and Instagram (@lowerhawfriends). Check out our photos that inspire and inform!

Connect with Nature Through iNaturalist!
Post your observations from the Lower Haw River State Natural Area on iNaturalist, a popular nature app for sharing biodiversity observations online.  Record your observations, get help identifying plants and animals, and network with a community of scientists and naturalists. Anyone with a smartphone or computer can use iNaturalist to share observations. Check out how to get started here.

Annual Reports Available!
Friends of Lower Haw's Annual Reports are available on our website on the Publications page. Read about what we do and what we are accomplishing.

Watch 60-second Video About the Lower Haw River SNA!
See spectacular scenery in our 60-second video about the Lower Haw River State Natural Area and the Lower Haw Trails Plan.  Produced by Destination by Design, it was funded by a grant from Triangle Community Foundations' Support for Places Awareness Program. Want to see more?  We also have a 5-minute video with interviews!  Watch both videos at

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