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The Boy Scouts of America will celebrate 100 years of scouting this weekend with a camporee at Camp Daniel Boone at the base of the Shining Rock Wilderness in Haywood County. Scouts will get a flavor for pioneering, rifle shooting,…
Wednesday, 22 September 2010 19:59

Elk excursion to include ranger talk

A field trip to view the elk rut season in Cataloochee Valley will be held by the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust on Tuesday, Sept. 28, as part of the eco tour series. There will be a special talk by Park Ranger…
Monarch butterflies are migrating through the mountains on their way to Mexico for the winter, and volunteers are needed to help catch, tag and release them. A Monarch day will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct.…
Wednesday, 22 September 2010 19:56

Take a tour of off-the-grid farm living

A tour of an off-the-grid, sustainable farm and homestead in Macon County will be held on Saturday, Oct. 2. Lara and Paul Chew are master improvisers. They’ve invented and built systems to bring water, heat and coolness, light and earth-friendly simplicity into…
Wednesday, 22 September 2010 19:56

Help harvest a garden for a good cause

The Haywood County Meals on Wheels Community Garden is seeking volunteers to help harvest potatoes at the Johnson Farm Road location in Canton during one of two sessions, at either 9 a.m. or 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 23. The…
Wednesday, 22 September 2010 19:55

NOC festival to cap off summer outdoor season

Nantahala Outdoor Center’s famous end-of-season Guest Appreciation Festival is this weekend starting at 9 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 24, and running through Sunday. The annual event celebrates active outdoor lifestyles. The major highlight is a giant outdoor flea market for…
The Outdoorsman Triathlon is coming to the Little Tennessee River in Swain County this weekend, Sept. 25 and 26. The nation’s oldest continuous triathlon started in 1976, when outdoorsman Payson Kennedy, the founder of the Nantahala Outdoor Center, and Olympic…
Wednesday, 22 September 2010 19:53

A rare romp in the watershed

A guided hike in the Waynesville watershed preserve, an 8,600-acre tract typically off-limits to the public, will be offered at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9. The preserve reaches from Allens Creek up to the Blue Ridge Parkway, a massive…
Wednesday, 22 September 2010 19:51

Center to engage girls in science

SciGirls, a science program for girls ages 9 to 14, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. the last Tuesday of the month at the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute starting in September.   “SciGirls is a groundbreaking new attempt…
Wednesday, 22 September 2010 19:48

The Naturalist's Corner

Panther Top fire tower My family spent a wonderful sunny Sunday afternoon this week in the Tusquitee Ranger District of the Nantahala National Forest just west of Murphy. Our first stop was the Panther Top Lookout tower on Forest Service Road…
As the recession worsens, more and more animals need help, and fewer and fewer funding sources are available to animal rescue non-profits. “This is the worst year we’ve seen. I think that’s true for everybody in this business,” said Karen…
Wednesday, 02 December 2009 14:31

The Naturalist's Corner

The omnibus stops here Reliable, undisclosed anonymous sources tell this reporter that the Fiscal year 2010 Omnibus Bill expected to be signed in a couple of weeks will seal the deal on the North Shore Road to Nowhere. The bill…
Wednesday, 09 December 2009 15:13

The Naturalist's Corner

Tessentee birds Bob Olthoff and I took advantage of last Sunday’s (Nov. 29) Indian Summer weather for a couple of hours of birding at the Land Trust for the Little Tennessee’s Tessentee Bottomland Preserve (formerly Tessentee Farm). Not only was…
Wednesday, 23 December 2009 13:45

Naturalist's Corner

One less whooper Cayuga, Ind. – Wildlife Officials announce arrest. Enforcement agents for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources have announced the arrest of a suspect in the recent shooting of a federally…
Wednesday, 30 December 2009 15:54

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2010-to be continued Will 150-foot long fiberglass wands magically spin electricity from mountaintop zephyrs across Western North Carolina in the near future? The issue of industrial-sized wind turbines along the ridgetops of Western North Carolina is sure to blow up…
Wednesday, 04 November 2009 20:00

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It’s 11 p.m. – do you know where your wood thrush is? “Hello, Ms. Stutchbury, this is OnStar. Your wood thrush that is supposed to be on its way to Mexico is actually in New Orleans.” It’s really not as…
Wednesday, 11 November 2009 13:37

The beetles' fall tour

No, not the Fab Four — more like the Fab Gazillion. Swarms of thousands to perhaps hundreds of thousands of Asian lady beetles, Harmonia axyridis, (those cute little ladybugs) are coming, not to a location near you, but to your…
Wednesday, 18 November 2009 14:11

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I wanna go home with the armadillo When you’re stuck in one place for 12 hours at a time, a lot of weird stuff goes through your head. The other night at work, the refrain, “I wanna go home with…
Wednesday, 25 November 2009 14:53

The Naturalist's Corner

The hunter is back Orion the hunter, one of the most noted and most recognizable constellations in the heavens is once again gaining prominence in the Northern Hemisphere. The hunter begins stalking the eastern skies around 8:30 p.m. and will…
Wednesday, 07 October 2009 15:33

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Just leisure time in good company So much of our time in this soured economy is spent paying homage to the almighty dollar that leisure time – real leisure time, not ferrying the kids to soccer or mowing the yard…
Wednesday, 14 October 2009 16:08

The Naturalist's Corner

The leaves, they are a’ changing It seems like colors popped on the mountains almost overnight last Thursday or Friday. It went from a spot of color here and there to a mix of yellows, reds and oranges splashing down…
Wednesday, 21 October 2009 19:59

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Slogging through the watershed It was dark, 39 degrees and a steady light drizzle when I walked from the house to my truck last Saturday morning at 6:30 a.m. By the time I got to town, the rain had stopped,…
Wednesday, 28 October 2009 20:16

The Naturalist's Corner

The rush to be green is making me blue Let’s see, automakers can get CAFÉ (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) credits for making gas guzzlers like Chevy’s suburban that can run on ethanol. That way they can rate one of those…
Wednesday, 23 December 2009 13:45

Skiing the Blue Ridge: A newcomer’s tale

So the snow is coming down in sheets Friday, and Bethany says, “Do you think it’s going to be real snow?” We just moved to Waynesville from northern Wisconsin in November, so at that point we’d largely disregarded the previous…
Wednesday, 25 November 2009 14:54

Master plan underway for Sylva’s Pinnacle Park

Pinnacle Park, a favorite recreational haunt in Sylva that was once home to the town’s watershed, will benefit from a county effort aimed at mapping and restoring its trail system. Last Thursday Sylva’s town board signed off on a cooperative…
Wednesday, 02 December 2009 14:31

UNC students conduct research while in Highlands

University students conducting environmental fieldwork and research at the Highlands Biological Station have spent the past semester delving into the ecological diversity of the Southern Appalachians. The students conducted research and internships in conjunction with several local organizations. This year,…
Wednesday, 09 December 2009 15:13

Five miles of Parkway views preserved

A 1,488-acre tract along the Blue Ridge Parkway in McDowell County has been protected from development thanks to a conservation agreement with the landowner, a railroad corporation. The long, linear tract is owned by CSX, a rail shipping corporation. A…
Wednesday, 16 December 2009 12:59

SCC gaming management program takes off

Wanda Morris walked into uncharted territory when she started teaching Gaming Management Technology three years ago at Southwestern Community College. “We were the first community college in the state to offer the program so we took our chances thinking outside…
Wednesday, 30 December 2009 15:54

Worthy of support

Western North Carolina has a plethora of environmental groups, making it easy to find the one that best matches up with your own passion. Many groups rely on memberships not only for financial support. More members also give an organization…
Wednesday, 04 November 2009 20:00

Blue Ridge Parkway kicks off 75th anniversary

The Blue Ridge Parkway will kick off its 75th anniversary celebrations this month with several historical, symbolic and entertaining events, even though the official anniversary isn’t until next year. • A program called “Natural Resource Stewardship – An American Indian…
Wednesday, 11 November 2009 13:37

Coweeta leads research on watershed dynamics

Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory, an experimental research station for the U.S. Forest Service outside Franklin, celebrated its 75th anniversary this month. The 5,500-acre forested basin in southern Macon County has been fertile ground for research into how forests behave — and…
Wednesday, 18 November 2009 14:11

Shooting bear on Parkway nets prison time

Two Jackson County men were sentenced to 10 months in federal prison for shooting a bear on the Blue Ridge Parkway, where hunting is banned by the National Park Service. Steven Louis Broom, 31, of Cullowhee, and Bobby Allen Gibson,…
The Little Tennessee Watershed Association has received a $75,000 grant to help restore migration for aquatic species. Two years ago, a study of creeks feeding the Little Tennessee River found several places where road crossings inhibited up and downstream movement…
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians played an integral role in the creation of the Parkway. The Parkway was envisioned as a scenic motorway connecting the Great Smoky Mountains National Park with Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. To reach the…
Wednesday, 25 November 2009 14:47

Franklin students’ hard work helps greenway

Franklin High students became active volunteers in a service-learning program this fall to improve the ecosystem along the Franklin Greenway. More than 40 students, along with local community members, conducted a three-day site inventory and extraction of exotic invasive plants…
Wednesday, 25 November 2009 14:52

Nantahala headwaters tract protected

A 248-acre tract known as Rainbow Springs at the headwaters of the Nantahala River in Macon County has been protected through a conservation agreement between the long-time landowners and the Land Trust for the Little Tennessee. The property owners, Myra…
By Julie Ball As a teenager, Josh Stephens worked summers as a rafting guide on the Nantahala River. He’d watch as trout came up on the water to eat flies. Then a friend, David Woody, introduced him to fly-fishing. That…
Wednesday, 14 October 2009 16:20

NOC to hold fly-fishing tournament with a twist

The Nantahala Outdoor Center will hold its first ever fly-fishing competition Oct. 17 and 18 on the Nantahala River in Swain County. The first day’s events will be held at the Nantahala Outdoor Center on U.S. 19 in the Gorge…
The Haywood Community College Woodsmen’s Team finished first in the 2009 John G. Palmer Intercollegiate Woodsmen’s Meet and Forest Festival Day held at the Cradle of Forestry near Brevard on Oct. 3. The HCC Lumberjacks piled on victory after victory…
Wednesday, 21 October 2009 19:50

Fishermen to hear report on mercury and walleye

Fish biologists will discuss mercury contamination in fish in mountain lakes at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31, at the Swain Campus of Southwestern Community College. The talk will also discuss other issues related to lake fish populations and lake…
Wednesday, 28 October 2009 20:42

NOC expedition gains attention

An outdoor expedition to Bolivia that puts paddlers to work delivering medical supplies to remote villages organized by Nantahala Outdoor Center got a major plug by National Geographic ADVENTURE. The November issue of the magazine listed the trip in its…
Wednesday, 09 December 2009 15:13

Putting Panthertown on the map

Every hiker has likely named a trailside feature or two in their day. Ferns sprouting from the banks of a waterfall give rise to Fern Falls, or a flat granite outcrop stumbled upon mid-day becomes the ever-descriptive Lunch Rock. For…
Wednesday, 16 December 2009 12:59

Holiday gear guide

Nobody knows their way around the gear section of an outfitter store better than the people who work in them every day. The purveyors of serious outdoor clothing and equipment are almost always addicted to their own product. The Smoky…
A model home under construction on the Haywood Community College campus is giving construction majors hands-on training in green building techniques. The demonstration house will take two years to build. It was launched in conjunction with a new green building…
When Candace Stimson lost her job last winter due to the recession, she seized the opportunity to go back to school and pursue something meaningful. She wasn’t sure just what that would be, however, until she happened upon a new…
Wednesday, 11 November 2009 13:37

Back to nature

Burt Kornegay is a one-match man. As the owner of Slickrock Expeditions and the longest running independent outdoor guide in the state, he’s started hundreds of campfires in some of the most remote wilderness settings in the country, never using…
Wednesday, 18 November 2009 14:11

Smokies elk shot down in Cataloochee Valley

A man has been arrested for shooting an elk in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park last Friday. The elk was shot around 10:30 a.m. in Cataloochee Valley. Another park visitor who happened to be in the area got a…
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of the most studied national parks in the country. It consistently ranks in the top three for the number of research permits issued every year — a whopping 184 in 2008. The…
Jennifer Pharr Davis says she never set out be a speed hiker. When she first hiked the entire Appalachian Trail in 2005 at the age of 21, she was mostly looking for an excuse not to get a job right…
Wednesday, 21 October 2009 19:52

Tales from the trail

Jennifer Pharr Davis, the female record-holder for the fastest thru-hike on the Appalachian Trail, spoke to a large crowd in the auditorium of Southwestern Community College in Sylva last week, enrapturing students with tales of her trail exploits. While Davis…
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is home to one of the most intact and comprehensive collections of early Americana, lining row after row, room upon room, of metal shelves, drawers and floor space in a sprawling, albeit hidden, storehouse.…
Tuesday, 06 July 2010 20:54

Green spaces — good places

We were in Rock Hill, S.C., this past weekend enjoying our annual Fourth of July ritual of visiting my little sister. She has horses and a pool, and if we went anywhere else for the Fourth, we would probably have…
Tuesday, 13 July 2010 19:08

Bee balm

The girls love to surprise Mom with bouquets of wildflowers. The other day they came in with a handful of one of my favorites, bee balm. Monarda didyma, bee balm or Oswego tea, is a striking perennial wildflower common across…
Wednesday, 21 July 2010 13:00

Goats who stare at trees

They not only stare at them, they eat them. Well, maybe not all trees, but woody browse in general. Hopefully, this penchant for woody invasives like Canada blackberry will make goats the perfect organic weed-whacker for protecting the grassy balds…
Wednesday, 28 July 2010 13:08

Bird’s the word

Are you a fledgling birder? Would you like to learn more about the feathered flocks that visit your feeder and grace your yard? Join Simon Thompson at the North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville on Wednesday, Aug. 4, at 8:15 a.m.…
Tuesday, 03 August 2010 20:27

The un-hummingbird

Toni Mullany of Waynesville sent me an email the other day noting a guest scoping out her phlox. She described the critter thusly: “It is about the size of a large bumblebee. It is all black. It has furry head…
Wednesday, 11 August 2010 13:51

Summertime blues

Sometimes I wonder what I’m a gonna do cause there ain’t enough time for all the summertime blues. And by blues I mean all those wonderful summer wildflowers that run the gamut from lavender to blue to violet and purple.…
Tuesday, 17 August 2010 20:38

The oil is gone! Long live the oil!

A week or so ago White House energy adviser Carol Browner was hitting the morning TV circuit, telling anyone who would listen that the majority of the more than 200 million gallons of crude that gushered into the Gulf of…
Tuesday, 24 August 2010 19:44

Won one for the piper

On Aug. 17, federal judge Royce C. Lambeth ruled that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s designation of critical habitat for the federally threatened piping plover in areas of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore were in compliance with the Endangered…
I was heartened recently by two op-eds I read in area newspapers regarding industrial-sized wind turbines in the mountains of Western North Carolina. The reasoned commentaries were written by individuals with firsthand knowledge of science, the scientific method, Appalachian history,…
Wednesday, 09 June 2010 13:40

The Naturalist's Corner

uddling – a kaleidoscope adventure Maddy (my 4-year-old) and I had been in the woods at Harmons Den checking on some bird points. We came out of the woods at the Harmons Den Horse Camp. At the intersection of Cold…
Wednesday, 23 June 2010 14:57

The Naturalist's Corner

Still soaring after all these years Eagle Lady Doris Mager enjoyed a “rock star” reception last Friday (6/18) at the Waynesville public library. But instead of overage adolescents flicking bics and shouting “Freebird,” Mager and her friend E.T. (Extra Terrific),…
Wednesday, 30 June 2010 15:25

The Naturalist's Corner

A sure bet I’m sure that if you belong to any environmental/conservation organization or if you have donated to causes in the past or perhaps simply visited a website recently, you have received pleas for donations and/or instructions detailing ways…
Tuesday, 31 August 2010 20:18

WNC birders jolted from summer doldrums

Birders are a restless, impatient lot. From the end of June till the end of August they walk around in a kind of stupor. You will see them occasionally stop shuffling, cock their head with hand cupped behind their ear,…
Wednesday, 26 May 2010 12:34

The Naturalist's Corner

Bird Lag Last weekend (5/21-5/23) was a blur of birds, bears and blooms — a combination of work, friends, fellowship and family that left me beat and begging for more. I started out in the thick damp predawn hours Friday…
Wednesday, 19 May 2010 13:19

The Naturalist's Corner

Perks of Adult ADD The other morning I was in the wilds of the Cheoah Ranger District below the Cherohala Skyway sawing and dragging trees out of Forest Service roads so I could get to my bird points for this…
Wednesday, 12 May 2010 15:18

The Naturalist's Corner

Murky waters – Louisiana in limbo The giant oil slick (reported to be the size of Puerto Rico) sliding around in the Gulf of Mexico like bacon grease on a George Foreman grill tied to the back of an alligator…
Wednesday, 05 May 2010 15:14

The Naturalist's Corner

Why we do it “You’re getting up when?” “You’re going out in this weather?” People who have a passion for the outdoors and revel in the beauty and the subtle and not-so-subtle intricacies of nature are accustomed to these questions…
Wednesday, 07 April 2010 17:37

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Spring’s a buzzin’ Mom was a little concerned the other day as she helped Izzy find a butterfly net to catch white-headed “bumblebees.” Izzy was back in a couple of minutes with a roaring buzz emanating from her closed, cupped…
Wednesday, 14 April 2010 17:37

The Naturalist's Corner

Spring in the watershed The Town of Waynesville’s annual spring pilgrimage to the Waynesville Watershed will be Saturday, April 24. This one will be set up similar to last fall’s event with an early morning birding option. Those who want…
Wednesday, 21 April 2010 17:37

The Naturalist's Corner

Earth Day: hope vs. optimism Lordy, lordy look who’s 40 — Earth Day and the EPA. Officially created and established in 1970, Earth Day was the spirit and philosophy that was going to take us to Nirvana; was going to…
Wednesday, 28 April 2010 17:37

The Naturalist's Corner

A little spring cleaning It was a busy weekend and there’s a busy weekend coming up, so I’m going to use this week’s column to clear my desk: Watershed hike Saturday, April 24, was our annual spring pilgrimage into the…
Wednesday, 03 March 2010 16:12

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ake J eagle Not a winter has passed in the last four years or so that a bald eagle — mature, immature or both — has not been sighted at Lake Junaluska. Usually they’re here today and gone tomorrow, but…
Wednesday, 10 March 2010 16:12

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White Nose Syndrome just miles from WNC The Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency (TWRA) announced in mid-February that two bats from Worley’s cave had tested positive for White Nose Syndrome (WNS). The cave, officially designated Morrell Cave by the U.S. Board…
Wednesday, 17 March 2010 18:34

The Naturalist's Corner

Invited for tea I opened the door around 7 a.m. last Saturday and spring hit me square in the face. Actually a cold misty breeze hit me square in the face but I got an earful of spring. “Drink your…
Wednesday, 24 March 2010 19:03

The Naturalist's Corner

Scientist-science Paige Barlow is a University of Georgia PhD candidate working out of the Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory in Otto, outside of Franklin. Barlow is researching the effects of land use on different species of birds in Macon County. It’s no…
Wednesday, 31 March 2010 15:01

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Pug catcher Early last week, we were inundated with small gray moths. You couldn’t open a door without two or three coming inside. Moths inside are cool for Izzy, Maddy and the cat — all like to play with them.…
Wednesday, 03 February 2010 15:01

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On the road to recovery Friends of the Western North Carolina Nature Center unveils its New Winter Speaker Series on native animals at the Folk Art Center at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6. Asheville native Warren Parker, retired chief…
Wednesday, 10 February 2010 17:04

The Naturalist's Corner

The good; the bad and the ugly The good Ben Morrison, compiler of the Wilmot, Ohio, Christmas Bird Count, contacted the Ohio Birds Records Committee and provided documentation for the purple martin I wrote about in the Jan. 20 Naturalist’s…
Wednesday, 08 September 2010 13:29

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Fall migration is heating up It looks like last week’s long-billed curlew was a harbinger of things to come. A quick perusal of the Carolinas Birding List at http://www.birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/CARO.html#1283714291 showed fall migrants popping up all across the Carolinas. I guess…
Wednesday, 17 February 2010 17:10

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Snow Day! Enough already with the “Enough already!” I know it’s snowing again. Yep school is closed again. I’ve got an idea — call in well. To paraphrase Blowing Rock’s mountaintop yogi, Tom Robbins, from Even Cowgirls Get the Blues,…
Wednesday, 24 February 2010 17:50

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Bird’s the word North Carolina’s state parks and Audubon North Carolina have joined together to celebrate the “Year of the Birds” in 2010. Birds grab our attention. Just ask my wife, who discovered, unexpectedly, the other afternoon that the Carolina…
Wednesday, 06 January 2010 15:43

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Birrrrrding the big chill The annual Balsam Christmas Bird Count was scheduled for last Saturday (Jan. 2). However, scary weather conditions — snow, high winds and temperatures in the low teens — especially in the northern count area, caused the…
Wednesday, 13 January 2010 16:12

A snowflake by any other name

It was one of those rare winter mornings when Haywood County Schools were on a two-hour delay. Izzy, my second-grader, and I dropped her sister, Maddy, at First Methodist’s outstanding daycare center, blasted by Smoky Mountain Coffee Roasters, grabbed a…
Wednesday, 20 January 2010 16:12

The Naturalist's Corner

And then there were none Atlee Yoder’s purple martin houses are in storage, out of the raw Ohio weather, awaiting spring and the first scout of the new season. But herein lies the rub — Yoder’s houses did not come…
Wednesday, 27 January 2010 17:37

The Naturalist's Corner

And the dam - came tumblin’ tumblin’ The Dillsboro Dam story is as twisted and convoluted as the Tuck itself. You had Jackson County commissioners who made property rights one of the underpinnings of their election campaigns voting in favor…
Wednesday, 15 September 2010 19:43

The Good, The Bad and The Deadly

The Good, The Bad and The Deadly is one of five classes that will be offered by the Asheville Mushroom Club (AMC) during its annual FungiFest, which will be held Sept. 18 at the North Carolina Arboretum. The day-long event…
Wednesday, 15 September 2010 19:56

5K Mountain Heritage Race to be at WCU

A 5K race will be held in conjunction with Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Day at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 25. The race starts in front of the McKee Building on Central Drive on campus. The race is put on…
Wednesday, 15 September 2010 19:54

Try your hand at new outdoor activities

A day packed with outdoor activity will be held at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25, in recognition of National Hunting and Fishing Day. Activities include fly-fishing casting, fly tying,…
Mast General Store will host representatives from the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation at their stores on Saturday, Sept. 18, to help connect people with the organization. The Foundation supports special projects on the Parkway that enhance visitors’ experience, from restoring…
Wednesday, 15 September 2010 19:53

Workshop series to focus on fall in the mountains

A fall field photography workshop based in Haywood County will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Wednesday mornings from Sept. 22 through Oct. 13. Field excursions will include elk rut season in Cataloochee Valley, rushing mountain cascades and waterfalls,…
Wednesday, 15 September 2010 19:51

Preserving the freshness of fall harvest

It’s harvest time, and what to do with the garden’s bounty can be a little overwhelming. A talk on long-term food storage and preserving the harvest will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 17, at the…
Wednesday, 15 September 2010 19:51

Talk to discuss attracting birds and butterflies

Learn how to attract birds and butterflies to your garden while helping the ecosystem during a “Gardening with Nature” talk at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, at the historic Rickman Store in Macon County. Botanist and gardener Jean Woods will…
Wednesday, 15 September 2010 19:50

WATR’s fall dinner

The Watershed Association of the Tuckaseigee River will hold its annual dinner at 6 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Sapphire Mountain Brewing Company in downtown Sylva. Come celebrate a good year and share a meal with others concerned with the…
Wednesday, 15 September 2010 19:49

Pitch in for Big Sweep

Volunteers are needed to help scoop trash from Richland Creek in Waynesville as part of the statewide Big Sweep from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 18, in Haywood County. Haywood Community College’s students in the Natural Resources…
Wednesday, 15 September 2010 19:48

Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day in Bryson City

Join Bryson City Bicycles for “Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day” at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, at the Deep Creek Picnic area in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park outside Bryson City. Bryson City Bicycles welcomes young riders who…
Wednesday, 15 September 2010 19:37

To catch a ginseng thief

With the ginseng season just getting under way, federal and state law enforcement officers again are turning to cutting-edge technology in their efforts to root-out poachers. Dye, coded chips and DNA markers are now widely used to deter and detect…
Jennifer Frick-Ruppert, ecologist and author of Mountain Nature: A Seasonal Natural History of the Southern Appalachians, will appear at noon on Friday, Sept. 17, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. The lunch with the author program is devoted to the…
Wednesday, 27 January 2010 17:37

Virtual fieldtrip brings park into classrooms

Three Cherokee Middle School students starred in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park live field broadcast via the web to hundreds of schools across the nation last month. The rest of Cherokee’s middle school students watched the virtual fieldtrip from…
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