Come to Your Senses
When you venture into the woods to celebrate North Carolina’s Year of the Trail, we want you to have the richest and most rewarding experience possible. That’s why we’ve enlisted the help of Torry Nergart, conservation easement manager at Conserving Carolina, to give us some insights on how you can get the most from your time on Transylvania County’s treasured trails.
Torry, why is it important to try and engage all five senses when you’re enjoying the outdoors?
What are some plant and animal smells and scents we should be aware of when in the woods?
What can I learn from my sense of touch when I’m in the woods?
The forest is a food source for all kinds of animals and insects. What are some common foods that humans can forage for safely in the woods?
The forest and its residents produce a symphony of sound. What are some common sounds to pick up on when you’re on a walk in the woods?
There’s a lot to see in the forest. But what are some new or different ways we can use our eyesight to broaden our understanding of the forest and its residents?
You’ve spent a lot of time in the forests and on the waterways of Transylvania County. What is the most profound lesson you’ve learned in the great outdoors and which senses did you use?
Do you have any other advice for folks who want to venture into the woods?
About Torry Nergart
Torry came to Conserving Carolina after spending nearly ten years in the dynamic position of Park Ranger with Gorges and Haw River State Parks. Growing up in the Sauratown mountains around Danbury, NC, Torry fostered a love for the outdoors by poling canoes, camping, fishing and biking. Torry holds degrees in Forest Management and Natural Resources Conservation and Management, having attended Haywood Community and Western Carolina University. A resident of Brevard along with his wife Allison and daughter Avery, Torry enjoys family time in Pisgah exploring and playing in our eastern forests.
About Conserving Carolina
Conserving Carolina’s mission is to protect, restore, and inspire appreciation of the natural world. Since its inception, the organization has helped to protect over 47,000 acres in Transylvania, Polk, Henderson, Rutherford, and Buncombe Counties in North Carolina and parts of Greenville and Spartanburg Counties in South Carolina. The organization played a key role in creating beloved public lands, including DuPont State Recreational Forest and Headwaters State Forest in Transylvania County. The organization holds over 200 conservation easements, which give private landowners a way to protect their land forever. The organization also supports good stewardship of conservation lands by helping to remove invasive plants, restore wildlife habitat, and protect streams and wetlands.