March 25, 2017 - Visit Our Friends Chapter Exhibit Booth at Ag Center Grand Opening

 Be sure to visit the Friends of Lower Haw River SNA exhibit booth at the Chatham County Agriculture & Conference Center on Saturday, March 25th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  The Chatham County Agriculture & Conference Center is located at 1192 US 64 W Business, just one mile west of the traffic circle in downtown Pittsboro.  Visitors can enjoy educational exhibits (indoors and outdoors), entertainmentfood, and tours of the new Agriculture & Conference Center. The Grand Opening Celebration is being hosted by the Chatham County Center of NC State Extension, Chatham County Soil & Water Conservation District, USDA Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the North Carolina Forest Service.  The event is sponsored by the Chatham County Farm Bureau and is free and open to the general public.


December 9, 2016 - Volunteers Tackle Trash Problem

Friends of Lower Haw, together with State Parks, has been busy on its first project: the installation of permanent trash cans at popular Lower Haw SNA access points. On December 9, 2016, a team of six dedicated Friends—Ryan Cadwalader (board member), David Everage, Megan Lynch, George Pauly (board member), Matt Spangler (treasurer), and Jimmy Wood—installed three trash cans on State Parks property. One can is located at the “upper” parking lot on Bynum Road near the bridge, another is located at the “lower” Bynum parking lot near the old mill site, and the third can is located on the southeast side of the US-64 access (river left, downstream of the overpass). Friends of the Lower Haw is currently evaluating options for installing additional trash cans at other access points along the Lower Haw, including above Bynum dam off of 15-501 and at the southwest access off of US-64.  State Parks funded these three cans and Ranger Brock Martin helped coordinate the project and select sites, and Friends of Lower Haw has assumed responsibility for installing and periodically emptying the cans. A big thanks are due to Jimmy Wood, Megan Lynch, Matt Porter, and Daniel Cohen for volunteering to empty the cans in December and January. On that note, we are looking for more volunteers interested in helping empty the cans—please contact Matt Spangler at if you’d like to get involved!

September 20, 2016 - Friends of Lower Haw River State Natural Area Membership Meeting
Join us for our chapter meeting on September 20th from 6:30 to 8:00 pm at the Bynum Ruritan Club on 28 Charlie Fields Rd.  Agenda includes business session, guest speaker, and planning discussion on future activities for the Lower Haw River SNA.  Guest speaker will be Hillary Pace with the Chatham County Planning Department, who will give a presentation on the  "Comprehensive Plan:  Parks, Recreation, and Natural Resources". 

August 9, 2016 - Friends of Lower Haw River State Natural Area is now official!
We are official!  On July 30th, the Board of Directors of Friends of State Parks approved our application to become a local chapter. We are now Friends of Lower Haw River State Natural Area.   Our chapter will have tax-exempt 501(c)3 status under the Friends of State Parks organization, so donations to our chapter are tax deductible.   Our Executive Committee continues to make progress on our organizational setup, with help from our Friends.  Some more updates:
We have a mailing address:  PO Box 65, Bynum NC 27228
Like us on Facebook:        (Thanks Erin for setting us up!)
A big thank you goes to Patrick Mueller for creating our website and for his generosity in paying for five years of our new domain name “” that should be ready for viewing soon.  Keep checking!
Peter Theye is collaborating with Patrick Mueller on a place to share and upload photos and videos.  (Thanks Peter!)
More news to come!
Executive Committee Members:
Gretchen Smith, President
Erin Jobe, Vice President
Nancy Strong, Secretary
Matt Spangler, Treasurer

July 12, 2016 - Friends of Lower Haw River State Natural Area Informational Meeting 
This was the first meeting to organize the Friends of Lower Haw River State Natural Area chapter of the Friends of State Parks group.