Fall Planting Time in Western North Carolina

This is a great time to design a garden with native plants to attract wildlife to your yard.  Many native plant nurseries are having sales.  Check with your local nursery to see which plants will work best in your yard.

You can plant seeds, too, between now and early January.  Watch for freeze warnings!  Plants, such as Common milkweed, need cold temperatures to help with germination.



Celebrate with Mountain WILD! at The Salvage Station on Thursday, October 4, 2018 ~ 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM.

We will celebrate the City of Asheville’s Community Wildlife Habitat Certification by the National Wildlife Federation.  There are only seven NC cities and 195 cities in the USA to have earned this certification!

Mountain WILD! will hand out native wildflower seeds from The Butterfly Highway (NC Wildlife Federation) WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!

Doors open at 5:00 pm; opening music acts begin at 6:00 pm; GREENSKY BLUEGRASS concert is at 7:00 pm.

Tickets required!  https://www.salvagestation.com/events2/2018/10/4/greensky-bluegrass

Mountain WILD! worked with Freshman Seminar students at Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, AB Tech students, businesses, community residents, schools and churches to certify 280 homes, seven schools, businesses, two churches, and 10 common spaces.

For more information, please see our BLOG post of September 3, 2018.



On August 28, 2018, Esther E. Manheimer, Mayor of the City of Asheville, issued a City of Asheville Proclamation.  She declared September 2018 as “Certified Community Wildlife Habitat Month.”

The proclamation recognizes Asheville as a Certified Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) in August 2018.  “Asheville became the 3rd community in the Western part of NC – and by far the largest city in our region – to be certified.”  (There are ONLY 195 cities in the United States with this certification!  Asheville is the 7th community in NC to earn NWF certification.)

The proclamation continues:

“WHEREAS, certification further solidifies the Asheville Community’s dedication to protecting and supporting our native flora and fauna.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Esther E. Manheimer, Mayor of the City of Asheville, do hereby proclaim September 2018 as CERTIFIED COMMUNITY WILDLIFE HABITAT MONTH.”

To certify your property during September (or any other month!), please visit:
https://www.nwf.org/Garden-for-Wildlife/Certify OR



We are incredibly close to completing requirements for our beautiful City of Asheville to become a Certified Wildlife Habitat Community! We need YOUR help to cross the finish line.

How to help? Certify your residence, business, school, church or public space! Follow the Link HERE for a step-by-step guide to certifying your wildlife habitat. You can contact us at mtnwild@gmail.com or tara@ncwf.org.


Mountain WILD! is the Western North Carolina chapter of the NC Wildlife Federation.  We are a volunteer group that wants to preserve and increase wildlife and wildlife habitat of the western North Carolina mountains through stewardship, education, conservation and restoration of natural resources.

We are involved in helping wildlife by volunteering, educating our youth and aligning our energy with others working to make a difference in our local community.

Mountain Wild is currently working on certifying the City of Asheville as a Certified Wildlife Friendly Community. For more information on how to support this cause, click here. 

What we do: Mountain WILD! partners with the North Carolina Wildlife Commission with both the Game Division and Wildlife Diversity Division. Volunteers work with projects such as peregrine falcon monitoring, northern flying squirrel monitoring, building bat habitat, surveying for box turtles, salamanders, snakes and wild turkeys. Opportunities to learn through working with biologists and other professionals are endless.

We also work closely with schools and faith-based wildlife garden projects. There are volunteer opportunities in unique ecosystems such as Mount Mitchell. If you want to help wildlife and wildlife habitat, we can direct you to the right opportunity.