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Wednesday, 15 February 2017 00:00

Outdoors roundup

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Explore Chattanooga

Base Camp Adventure is gearing up for a four-day trip to Chattanooga, Tennessee, to leave Sunday, March 5, and return Wednesday, March 8, after a full itinerary of hikes and exploration. 

The group will hike around Lookout Mountain, explore downtown Chattanooga and visit the Tennessee Aquarium, Nancy Ward Home and Point Park Civil War site. 

$50, plus meals. Ages 16 and below must be accompanied by an adult. Sign up with Tim Petrea, 828.456.2030 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Plan for adventure in 2017

A club focused on outdoor adventure will hold a planning meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, at the Waynesville Recreation Center. 

The Base Camp Adventure Club will go on hikes, paddle trips, fly fishing expeditions and other adventures throughout 2017. Organized by the Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department, the club welcomes all ages. 

Tim Petrea, 828.456.2030 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Conference to examine outdoor tourism and the economy

A conference exploring the link between outdoor tourism and the economy will be held Tuesday, Feb. 28, at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort in Cherokee.

Hosted by Western Carolina University’s Hospitality and Tourism Program, the conference aims to discuss ways to grow demand for outdoor tourism, which contributes to Western North Carolina’s economy. Speakers will address evolving outdoor tourism and generational marketing trends, as well as the outdoor tourism economy’s contribution to the region’s economic development. Berkeley Young, president of Young Strategies in Charlotte, will give the keynote address on outdoor travel trends and the how the future of outdoor adventure tourism fits into market demands. 

Event sponsors are Harrah’s, Duke Energy, Nantahala Outdoor Center and Smoky Mountain Host. 

Registration is $139 and $29 for the TDA session. Discounts available for overnight accommodations. Register at tourism.wcu.edu.

 

Forest Service to give pointers on contract bidding

People looking to do contract work for the U.S. Forest Service will have a chance to learn the ins and outs of bidding on projects during a pair of drop-in Industry Days events this month. 

Noon to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, at the Nantahala Ranger District Office in Franklin. 

Noon to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at the Southern Research Station Headquarters in Asheville. 

Takele Woldu, 828.257.4205 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

 

Poultry 101

A crash course on keeping backyard poultry will be offered 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Macon County Extension Office in Franklin. 

The workshop will cover breed selection, hatching, brooding, nutrition, housing, diseases, biosecurity, egg production, meat production, processing and predators. The flock of poultry producers in attendance will also get the chance to network with other producers and enjoy lunch. 

Free. Register at 828.349.2046.

 

Hunt safely 

A free hunter safety certification course will be offered 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 20-21 at Haywood Community College. 

The course is offered by HCC’s Department of Arts, Sciences and Natural Resources in partnership with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. Participants must come both days to get certified. 

Free and no age limits, though classes are taught at a sixth-grade level and tests must be completed without assistance. The certification is accepted in every state and province in North America. 

Pre-registration required at www.ncwildlife.org.

 

Wild game dinner to support education

Enjoy wild game dishes while supporting education at the 11th annual Wild Game Dinner, 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at the Haywood County Fairgrounds in Lake Junaluska. 

The evening will feature door prize drawings, a silent auction and a live auction, as well as live entertainment and a competition for game and non-game calls. 

A fundraiser for the Wildlife Club at Haywood Community College, the dinner will help send students to the Annual Southeastern Wildlife Conclave and support a wildlife student scholarship, among other opportunities. 

Bring a wild game dish, vegetables or dessert. $10 admission or $5 if you bring a dish. Children under 12 eat free. 

Shannon Rabby, 828.627.4560 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  

Disc golf tournament coming to Waynesville 

Registration is now open for a disc golf tournament headed to Waynesville on Sunday, March 12. 

The Blind Hog Day Light Savings Throw Down, hosted by Waynesville Parks and Recreation, will be sanctioned by the Professional Disc Golf Association and take place the town’s disc golf course at Vance Street Park. 

Register at www.discgolfscene.com. Fees range from $35 to $65 depending on division entered. 

Tim Petrea, 828.456.2030 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">.

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