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Wednesday, 15 April 2015 16:00

Water ordinance nabs Jackson state award

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Jackson County snagged one of eight statewide awards given to individuals and organizations that protect public drinking water sources.  The…
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 15:59

WNC towns snag grants for bike route, pedestrian planning

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The towns of Franklin and Canton were among 10 municipalities across the state to win a grant for bicycle and…
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 15:59

Joyce Kilmer reroute planned for Benton McKaye Trail

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The Benton McKaye Trail Association recently completed a major reroute of the trail’s path through the Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness.
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 15:57

Mapping project brings natural landmarks

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Virtual views of some of America’s most iconic places are now online, with Chimney Rock, Grandfather Mountain and DuPont State…
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 15:56

School partners with land trust for wetland conservation

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Though the wetland bordering U.S. 441 on the North Carolina-Georgia line isn’t that noteworthy on first glance, it’s an ecological…
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 15:55

NOC rings in spring

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A celebration of spring and its waterborne joys will be held April 24-26 at Nantahala Outdoor Center with a Spring…
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 15:52

Foundation pledges $600,000 for Parkway projects

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The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation will spend $600,000 in 2015 on projects to benefit the Parkway and the plant and…
Wednesday, 08 April 2015 14:13

Wildflower pilgrimage celebrates spring

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The Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage will kick off its 65th year of outdoors programming Tuesday, April 21, with the five-day event…
Wednesday, 08 April 2015 14:03

Spiffed-up shelter hits the Macon County AT

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With a higher-than-normal volume of thru-hikers expected next season, the Nantahala Hiking Club is getting prepared with upgrades to the…
Wednesday, 08 April 2015 14:02

Commission calls on turkey hunters

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A study of lymphoproliferative disease virus, a malady affecting wild turkeys, is calling in help from hunters.
Wednesday, 08 April 2015 14:01

Tribe granted authority over water standards

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The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is now able to administer its own water quality certifications, becoming the 49th tribe…
Wednesday, 08 April 2015 13:58

Tuck River cleanup puts out call for volunteers

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The nation’s largest single-day river litter removal will mark its 31st year Saturday, April 18.
Wednesday, 08 April 2015 13:58

Weather watchers wanted for citizen science program

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A network of amateur rain and weather spotters are contributing to the scientific understanding of niche weather patterns on a…
Wednesday, 08 April 2015 13:54

Teacher scholarships available for nature summit

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Applications are open for teachers looking to attend the 2015 Family Nature Summit, based in Lake Junaluska.
Wednesday, 08 April 2015 13:53

Cherokee to weigh in on fish conservation

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The Watershed Association of the Tuckasegee River will hold its annual meeting celebrating Earth Month at 6 p.m. Monday, April…
Wednesday, 08 April 2015 13:52

WCU students win bass angling title

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A pair of Western Carolina University students took first this spring, in the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Eastern Regional, presented…
Wednesday, 08 April 2015 13:51

Two-hundred-mile foot race to loop western counties

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The Southeast’s most grueling team race will take off from Pink Beds Picnic Area in the Pisgah National Forest near…
Wednesday, 08 April 2015 13:50

Bat protection prompts Smokies caving restrictions

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After closing the area in September to protect wintering bats, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will reopen Whiteoak Sink…
Wednesday, 01 April 2015 15:44

Clingmans Dome Road opens for the year

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Clingmans Dome Road in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park opened last week, six days ahead of its scheduled April…
Wednesday, 01 April 2015 15:43

Bike rodeo comes to Jackson County

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The Jackson County Bike Rodeo is calling all kids to come out 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 11,…
Wednesday, 01 April 2015 15:41

Locals take gold and silver in Assault on BlackRock

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The fifth annual Assault on BlackRock trail race is now in the rearview mirror, with 82 brave souls battling freezing…
Wednesday, 01 April 2015 15:27

Solarize WNC forums demystify solar energy for the masses

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A forum on how to transition to solar energy will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, at the…
Wednesday, 25 March 2015 16:13

Bear encounter causes camping restrictions

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Graveyard Fields is closed to overnight camping following a bear break-in to a tent in the popular recreation area, and…
Wednesday, 25 March 2015 16:06

Winter ends for Cataloochee

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Cataloochee Ski Area closed for the season Sunday, ending 141 days of open slopes for 2014-15. The season outstripped the…
Wednesday, 25 March 2015 16:05

Richland Creek restoration expands with new funding

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A recently awarded $200,000 grant will pay for two years of work to improve water quality and raise public awareness…
Wednesday, 25 March 2015 16:04

Brookies get a boost in the Smokies

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Following a seven-year brook trout restoration project, Lynn Camp Prong in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is now open…
Wednesday, 25 March 2015 16:02

Blue Ridge Breakaway registration open

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Early registration is open for the Blue Ridge Breakaway, a multi-distance bike ride based in Haywood County.
Wednesday, 25 March 2015 16:02

Grants awarded to fight hemlock adelgid

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The battle against the hemlock wooly adelgid in North Carolina will continue with help from a bevy of grants from…
Wednesday, 25 March 2015 16:01

Sales strong for Smokies plates

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Friends of the Smokies got its largest-ever fourth-quarter check from sales of the Smokies bear license plate, accruing $105,080 for…
Wednesday, 25 March 2015 15:59

WNC teens strut environmental know-how

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Teams of middle and high school students from across Western North Carolina went head-to-head over their knowledge of environmental science…
By Michael Beadle It’s 26 degrees on a November morning, and Jamie Tidmore has just finished another whitewater kayaking run…
Wednesday, 18 March 2015 16:22

AT lay-over, Fontana Dam knighted as official trail town

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Hiker Haze Weekend will welcome the season’s first Appalachian Trail thru-hikers at Fontana Village Resort March 25-26, along with a…
Wednesday, 18 March 2015 16:21

WNC air quality to be unpacked

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The Annual Ozone Season Kickoff will unveil the state of Western North Carolina’s air quality in 2014 with a program…
Wednesday, 18 March 2015 16:09

Nature for the whole family

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By Danny Bernstein • Guest columnist When I first thought about taking my granddaughter, Hannah, on an outdoor experience, I looked…
Wednesday, 18 March 2015 16:08

Nation’s best paddlers to compete at NOC

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The Nantahala Racing Club’s Whitewater U.S. Open will keep the river churning at Nantahala Outdoor Center March 27-29.
Wednesday, 18 March 2015 16:07

Prescribed burn planned for Cataloochee

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A 550-acre prescribed burn will start soon near Cataloochee Valley in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Wednesday, 11 March 2015 15:36

Public greenhouse space up for grabs in Haywood

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Gardeners can get a head start on the growing season by renting greenhouse space for their seed trays at the…
Wednesday, 11 March 2015 15:35

Celebrate the diversity of the Smokies

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The public is invited to mingle with researchers from around the world March 19-21 during the annual conference of Discover…
Wednesday, 11 March 2015 15:34

Jump on the solar train with Solarize WNC

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A campaign to introduce homeowners and businesses to the option of solar energy is underway in Jackson, Haywood, Macon and…
Wednesday, 11 March 2015 15:33

Renowned nature photographer to talk in Sylva

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Les Saucier, a professional nature photographer, will speak at the Sylva Photo Club at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 14, at…
A U.S. Forest Service project aiming to improve wildlife habitat and forest health will allow logging, fire, thinning and other…
Wednesday, 11 March 2015 15:30

WNC gear builders to show their stuff

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Outdoor lovers will get a chance to see some of the best locally made gear during Outdoor Gear Builders of…
Wednesday, 11 March 2015 15:28

Brevard company recognized in international competition

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Brevard-based SylvanSport has been named a finalist in the internationally renowned Edison Awards for its product GO, a lightweight pull-behind…
Wednesday, 11 March 2015 15:26

Waynesville pursues bike-friendly roads

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Big white stencils of helmeted bikers now adorn a growing number of streets throughout Waynesville.
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 14:56

WNC conservationists honored

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Several Western North Carolina conservationists earned a spot in Wild South’s annual list of nominees for the Roosevelt-Ashe Conservation Awards,…
A new invasive plant species is springing up in moist, nutrient-rich soils across eastern North America and has been spotted…
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 14:48

Smokies visitation sets records

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January was a record-setting month for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park with 351,670 visitors, achieving a lifetime visitation of…
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 14:46

WNC farmers expand business through grants

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Farmers in Western North Carolina will branch out with new crops and alternative growing methods, thanks to 31 grants totaling…
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 14:44

Fees increase at Glenville campground

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For the first time in more than 18 years, fees at the Ralph J. Andrews Campground on Lake Glenville, which…