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Wednesday, 21 December 2011 15:08

Become a Master Gardener

If you are in Jackson and Swain counties, it’s time to sign up for the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service’s Master Gardener program. Applications are required no later than Thursday Jan. 26. Classes will be held at the Swain Extension Center…
Wednesday, 21 December 2011 15:05

A wonderful Christmas gift

The Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC), Wild South, the Western North Carolina Alliance (WNCA) and the Southern Appalachian Forest Coalition (SAFC) announced last week that they had reached an agreement with the U.S. Forest Service to protect nearly 50 acres…
The common phrase heard among kayakers daring the Nantahala’s new wave: “It’s getting there.” The Wave in the Nantahala Gorge received an overall lukewarm response from paddlers during a formal unveiling Friday. Most kayakers said they liked the apparatus, which…
Wednesday, 28 December 2011 14:10

Farm and forest land eligible for tax breaks

If you have 10 acres or more of agricultural land or five acres of horticultural land and make a gross production amount of $1,000 for three proceeding years, you might be eligible for a property tax break. Landowners with 20…
Farmers are eligible for grant money to help with projects to make their operations more environmentally-friendly through the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. The Conservation Stewardship Program is a voluntary program that encourages farmers to put conservation practices into use…
Wednesday, 28 December 2011 14:08

Group runs to inspire half-marathon hopefuls

If the holidays resulted in a few extra inches to your waistline and you’re determined to get fit, a free half-marathon training program will kick-off in Jackson County in January. The program culminates in Western Carolina University’s Valley of the…
Wednesday, 28 December 2011 14:07

The ethics of conservation in your own backyard

A program called “Land Ethics: Reconnecting with the Natural World” will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12 at the Macon Library in Franklin. The free program includes a short film that is based on conservationist Aldo Leopold’s visionary…
Wednesday, 28 December 2011 14:07

HCC a national model of sustainable practices

Haywood Community College’s hard work to build a sustainable campus is featured on a campus sustainability case study database. The National Wildlife Federation built the database, the only catalog of its kind, at ww.nwf.org/campuscasestudies. Work by other American colleges and…
Wednesday, 28 December 2011 14:06

Mount Mitchell gets new superintendent

Bryan Wilder, a veteran state park ranger, has been promoted to superintendent of Mount Mitchell State Park. Wilder takes over from Jack Bradley, who retired as superintendent earlier this year. As superintendent, Wilder will function as the chief of operations…
Wednesday, 28 December 2011 14:05

A Wild Week in the Wilderness

The 22nd Annual Wilderness Wildlife Week is scheduled for Jan. 7-14 in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. This year’s Wildlife Week boasts 288 programs and activities. Likely due to the time of year (winter in the Smokies), the bulk of Wildlife Week’s…
Wednesday, 28 December 2011 14:02

Origin of WCU white squirrel a mystery

A rare sighting of a white squirrel at Western Carolina University has workers there abuzz. The squirrel has been spotted a number of times, and is clearly not albino because it doesn’t have pink eyes, said Roger Turk, grounds superintendent…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:54

Garden seed ordering set for this month

The fourth-annual Group Seed Order will take place at St. John’s Episcopal Church on Jackson Street in Sylva on Saturday, Jan. 14, between 9 a.m. and noon. The Jackson County Farmers Market sponsors this seed-ordering event. The volume from collectively…
Volunteers are needed at Gorges State Park in Sapphire to help build and maintain trails, with work parties scheduled weekly on Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., weather permitting. The new state park is located on the Jackson-Transylvania county…
Volunteer organizations have donated labor and money to improve cooking and sleeping quarters for campers, while also reducing potential problems with black bears in The Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The groups involved were the Friends of the Smokies, the…
Learn topnotch, competitive-level fly-fishing techniques via a filmed fly-fishing competition that took place last year here in Western North Carolina. Local angler Paul Bourcq captured the fishermen in action and filmed interviews with them during the competition. The 2011 U.S.…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:50

Night hunting now legal for wild hogs

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission now allows hunting of feral swine and wild hogs at night — but hunters need a special permit. The permit is free and is available at www.ncwildlife.org. The permits are valid through March 31. The…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:48

WCU students help children with autism

A local fly-fishing guide and recreational therapy students at Western Carolina University teamed up recently to provide a fly-fishing outing for children with autism. Jennifer Hinton, WCU associate professor of recreational therapy, organized the event. Alex Bell, retired principal of…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:48

AT Bald Trail permanently protected

The Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy transferred 35 acres to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and the U.S. Forest Service to protect adjacent land along the famous footpath. Wesser Bald in Macon County was at risk of development when the Southern Appalachian…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:46

Rain for wind

This year’s ninth annual Balsam Christmas Bird Count (CBC) was held Friday Dec. 30. As I was driving home from work at 7 a.m. that Friday morning things were looking good. By the time I got a nap and met…
Living in the mountains of Western North Carolina, it is hard to imagine never seeing snow — but Elizabeth Comberg and Amber Damato of Jacksonville, Fla., got their first taste of the fluffy white stuff last Friday at Cataloochee Ski…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 15:37

WNC Alliance director appointed to MRC

The executive director of the Western North Carolina Alliance has been appointed to the state’s influential Mountain Resources Commission (MRC). Julie V. Mayfield was appointed by Gov. Beverly Perdue. MRC members provide recommendations to local, state, and federal legislative and…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 15:36

Pittillo to speak at Franklin meeting

Retired Western Carolina University professor and well-known regional fall color prognosticator Dan Pittillo will be the speaker at 2 p.m. on Jan. 17 at a meeting of the Southern Appalachian Plant Society. The meeting will take place in the Franklin…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 15:34

Grants available for renewable energy

Mountain Valleys Resource Conservation and Development is accepting applications from Western North Carolina farmers interested in generating renewable energy on their farms. The NC Tobacco Trust Fund Commission is providing 40 percent cost-share funding for approved projects. The maximum grant…
Trail maintenance has an obvious benefit: it’s darn good exercise. But for Becky Smucker, a volunteer trail crew leader in the Pisgah National Forest, it carries a deep satisfaction. “Those of us who work in jobs that produce abstract results,…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 15:33

Friends of the Smokies receives $10K from REI

Moving mountains is no easy task, but volunteers and trail crews hauling boulders, digging waterbars and otherwise rehabilitating trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will have an easier time with their new Trails Forever equipment trailer, thanks to…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 15:32

NOC wins prestigious outdoor award

The Nantahala Outdoor Center has been bestowed with the 2012 Outdoor Industry Association Outdoor Inspiration Award. It is the outdoor industry’s top honor for businesses contributing to the future of outdoor recreation, voted on by an expert panel of peers…
A volunteer work day to work on campsites for the French Broad River Paddle Trail will take place from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Jan. 13 in Transylvania County. The French Broad River Paddle Trail will be a world-class paddle trail…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 15:31

Watershed plan subject of Jan. 12 meeting

The Macon County League of Women Voters of Macon County will host a program on a newly completed study on the county’s watershed, its condition, and its needs. The study, conducted as part of the N.C. Ecosystem Enhancement Program (NCEEP),…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 15:29

Whoopers and hoodeds

Cranes are cool. These big beautiful graceful birds jolt the souls of non-birders and birders alike. At five feet tall, the snow-white adult whooping crane is the tallest bird in North America. The whooper has a red patch on its…
More than 5 million people hit the trails in the Pisgah and Nantahala national forests last year — a number that continues to grow not only as more people move to the mountains but also as outdoor recreation increases in…
Next time you hike a trail, pause a minute and give silent thanks to the legion of trail volunteers who have taken up arms and engaged in hand-to-hand combat with the forest, hacking back the undergrowth and clearing obstructive logs.…
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 14:57

Get all the dirt on growing grapes

A viticulture conference focused on how to grow grapes in a sustainable manner in Western North Carolina will be held all-day Wednesday, Feb. 22, at Warren Wilson College. The conference is being put on in conjunction with Sustainable Appalachian Viticulture…
Wet those lines, anglers, and you could get your hooks into $10,000 in prize money during Shiver in the River Feb. 3-5. The tournament will take place on a 2.2-mile stretch of trophy, catch-and-release stream on the Cherokee Indian Reservation.…
“Books and Boots,” a two-day event celebrating the beauty and bounty of the natural world will be held at the N.C. Arboretum in Asheville on Saturday and Sunday, February 18 and 19. There will be family programs focusing on indoor…
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 14:55

Franklin now has AT “ambassador”

Mary Bennett has been chosen to serve as the volunteer ambassador for the designated Appalachian Trail Community of Franklin. Bennett will serve as a community liaison to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and the local volunteer hiking club that maintains in…
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 14:55

Camp in Maggie Valley helps troubled youth

A grant from Healthy Haywood has helped launch an Outdoor Mission Camp for court-involved kids. Positive Community Connections is designed to help keep kids off the streets and out of the courtrooms. The directors are Ruffin and Jamie Shackelford, who…
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 14:53

Growers discover benefits of mob farming

Farmers, want-to-be farmers and anyone willing to pitch in at local farms are forming “mobs” to help farmers. These mobs are helping with tasks such as mulching, planting, moving dirt, inoculating mushroom logs, creating low-tech water distribution systems and so…
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 14:53

Get involved with Tuckasegee watershed group

The Watershed Association of the Tuckasegee River will hold a public planning meeting from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23, at Southwestern Community College’s Sylva campus. Anyone with an interest in protecting and improving the quality of the Tuckasegee…
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 14:52

Learn, talk about the Clean Water Act

A discussion about the Clean Water Act, which environmentalists assert is under assault as industries attempt to rollback federal protections, will be discussed at Green Drinks from 5:30 to 7 p.m on Wednesday, Jan. 18, at Posana Café in Asheville.…
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 14:51

Northern Pintail

Thanks to a head’s up from Tim Carstens last Sunday morning (1/15), I saw a drake northern pintail, Anas acuta, at Lake Junaluska. This “nomad of the sky” is cosmopolitan in distribution, breeding in northern Europe, Asia and North America.…
Two of Western North Carolina’s most storied conservation groups, both based in Macon County, merged this month into a single entity. The Little Tennessee Watershed Association has been absorbed into The Land Trust for the Little Tennessee and is being…
Thursday, 26 January 2012 03:41

Guided hike to be held at Cataloochee Ranch

A 4.4-mile hike on the Wallhalla Trail at Cataloochee Ranch in Haywood County will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, Cataloochee Ranch is a private, family-owned, eco-tourism destination. The guided hike with the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy offers…
Thursday, 26 January 2012 03:41

Bike race coming up at Fontana Village

The Icycle Mountain Bike Racing Classic will return to Fontana Village Resort on January 28. The race is packed with four different classes of daytime racing and the always exciting Nighttime Downhill Race. The seven-mile course serves up some of…
Thursday, 26 January 2012 03:40

National forest seeking trail allies

Learn about the U.S. National Forests’ Trail Strategy initiative at a Thursday, Jan. 26, workshop in Franklin, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Macon County Community Facilities Building south of town on U.S. 441. Any hikers, mountain bikers…
Overall visitation to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most-visited national park in the nation, was down overall last year, but visitors flocked there during the last month of the year. The Cherokee entrance to the Smokies — North…
Thursday, 26 January 2012 03:39

Getting bears out of backpacker food fare

The specialty Appalachian Trail license plates have raised money to help backpackers safeguard their food from roving black bears along the AT in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy recently granted $2,000 from its specialty license…
Thursday, 26 January 2012 03:38

Indoor soccer kicks off in Waynesville

Get ready to play indoor soccer through the Haywood County Recreation and Parks Department, which starts the winter playing-season this week. Pick-up style games are held at the Old Hazelwood Gym (216 Virginia Avenue) every Wednesday through March 28, from…
Thursday, 26 January 2012 03:38

Adult swim lessons available MedWest

It’s truly never too late to learn how to swim, and the MedWest Health & Fitness Center in Haywood County is offering a special program for young adults and adults who want to be able to paddle about the water.…
A grant from Healthy Haywood has helped launch an Outdoor Mission Camp for court-involved kids. Positive Community Connections is designed to help keep kids of the streets and out of the courtrooms. The directors are Ruffin and Jamie Shackelford, who…
Dry Fall Trails in Macon County will see a $446,000 restoration project to stabilize the historic trail and reconstruct the entire walking path to its base — all while preserving the historic integrity of the trail, built by the Civilian…
Thursday, 26 January 2012 03:35

Land surrounding Judaculla Rock now protected

Jackson County resident Jerry Parker has entered a conservation agreement on 107 acres to help protect the ancient petroglyph Judaculla Rock in the Caney Fork valley in Jackson County. The large, soapstone boulder is carved with hundreds of symbols carved…
Thursday, 26 January 2012 03:33

Cold-weather wimps

No, I’m not talking about those of us who stay in the warm confines at Cataloochee, nursing Ninja porters, while the kids hit the slopes. These cold-weather wimps are ruby-throated hummingbirds. As most of you hummer-watchers know, our ruby-throats, basically…
Wednesday, 01 February 2012 21:55

Foundation Grant underpins Trust’s work

A three-year, $225,000 grant from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation will help the Conservation Trust for North Carolina accelerate land and water protection by aiding the state’s network of land trusts. CTNC supports local land trusts by providing grants and…
Wednesday, 01 February 2012 21:55

Wildlife Commission taps social media

Hunters, anglers and wildlife enthusiasts can now receive the most up-to-date information about the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission via social media. “Like” the state agency on Facebook and follow it on Twitter to see the latest news releases, view photos,…
Wednesday, 01 February 2012 21:54

GSMNP appoints new board member

The Benton MacKaye Trail Association elected Ernest Engman, of Maryville, Tenn., as a board member and maintenance coordinator for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. A member of the group since 2005, Engman hiked the entire trail in 2008. He later wrote…
The Highlands Biological Foundation has received a $25,000 grant from the Eckerd Family Foundation to create “Backyard Naturalists,” an after-school program designed to inspire a lifelong appreciation of the natural world through science, art and technology. It is intended as…
Wednesday, 01 February 2012 21:49

A unique way to explore ‘your’ Smokies

A new program called experience Your Smokies is a different method now in place to get to know the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and its employees. “If you have ever wanted to be a park ranger or get a…
Wednesday, 01 February 2012 21:49

Time to talk gardening in Sylva

A program on Straw Bale Gardening will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, in the Fellowship Hall of the First Presbyterian Church in Sylva. The program is being put on at the February meeting of The Sylva Garden…
Wednesday, 01 February 2012 21:48

Calling for nominees in Green Oscars

Wild South’s Roosevelt-Ashe Society is seeking nominations for its annual conservation awards, with winners recognized next month in Asheville. Nominations are being accepted through Feb. 10. Awards are presented in seven categories: outstanding journalist, outstanding youth, outstanding educator, outstanding business,…
MedWest Health & Fitness Center in Haywood County will hold a Fitness Expo from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 18 to help New Year goal-setters reinvigorate their fitness wishes. “Spring into Fitness” is free and includes a variety of group…
Wednesday, 01 February 2012 21:47

Winter hike at the Needmore tract

Meet at 9 a.m. Friday, Feb. 3, to take part in a winter walk along the Little Tennessee River at Needmore to the old Brush Creek Farm. The Land Trust for the Little Tennessee will host the walk, and staff…
The annual Environmental Scorecard is now out that ranks how friendly or unfriendly state legislators are to the environment, and the results aren’t pretty. A record 55 representatives and 24 senators failed to cast a single vote in favor of…
Wednesday, 01 February 2012 21:46

Better eat … or rather, grow your broccoli

Researchers need organic farmers to help them test-grow broccoli to determine the best varieties for the mountains. The majority of broccoli varieties currently available were developed for California and not East Coast growing conditions. N.C. State University wants to screen…
Wednesday, 01 February 2012 21:44

Slip-sliding away

Dateline 1999: David Kullivan a forestry/wildlife student at Louisiana State University, tells faculty that while turkey hunting in the Pearl River Wildlife Management Area, a pair of ivory-billed woodpeckers foraged in trees as close as 10 yards from him. Soon…
Nantahala Outdoor Center is celebrating the company’s 40th anniversary by giving its flagship outfitter’s store in the Nantahala Gorge an environmentally friendly facelift: the store is en route to the coveted LEED Gold certification. The Outfitter’s Store will be NOC’s…
Three Tennessee residents are headed to prison for breaking into a slew of cars at trailheads in Haywood County during a several month period, hitting hiker’s vehicles in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Pisgah National Forest. The…
Enter Balsam Mountain Trust’s nature center and you’ll come face to face with bobcats, skunks, black bears, maybe even a sharp-taloned raptor poised for the kill. But, don’t worry — the animals don’t bite. The taxidermy creatures are just a…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:54

Blue Ridge Breakaway wins critical acclaim

The Blue Ridge Breakaway was recently named the 2011 Ride of the Year by blogger Aaron West of StepClimbs.com. The cycling event brought more than 400 riders to Haywood County last August, and placed first for overall enjoyment. Blogger West,…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:53

Women’s and girl’s sports day

Women and girls can learn about a variety of activities that will inspire them to lead active, healthy lives at National Girls And Women in Sports Day, set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at the UNC-Asheville…
Waynesville Middle School student Jed Messer designed a project about water quality for the regional science fair. The project was part of work for Messer’s sixth-grade science class. “Students at Waynesville Middle School take part in a science fair that…
With several centuries under its belt, the Osborne Boundary Oak on N.C. 110 in Haywood County’s Bethel community has long since qualified for the historic marker recently erected alongside it. Historic Preservation Committee members with the Bethel Rural Community Organization…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:51

Order those fruit trees and berry bushes

The Swain County Cooperative Extension is now taking orders for 3- to 4-foot tall apple, pear and peach trees, plus three-year-old blueberry, two-year-old grape and thornless blackberry varieties. Money raised will be put into the Swain County 4-H fund and…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:51

Lace up your boots and hit the Walhalla Trail

A hike on the Walhalla Trail at Cataloochee Ranch is set for Saturday, Feb. 11, a postponement of an earlier hike date. The 4-mile hike will begin at 11 a.m. at Cataloochee Ranch, a private preserve and eco-tourism location located…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:50

Shiitake mushroom workshop in Swain

Learn how to grow your own shiitake mushrooms through the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service and the Master Gardener Association from 9 a.m. until noon on Feb. 25 at the Swain Extension Center at 60 Almond School Road. The workshop is…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:50

Beekeeping class being held this month

An introductory beekeeping class will be held this month in Haywood County from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18, and Saturday, Feb. 25, at the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service building. Topics covered include equipment, selection of beehive…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:49

Grab the binoculars and get ready to count

The Great Backyard Bird Count, an annual four-day event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are across the continent, is coming up. This year’s version of the…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:48

Punxsutawney Phil was right

I think the shrewd rodent hedges his bet a bit. I mean if you think about it, the difference between Feb. 2 and March 20, first day of spring, is about six weeks. So to say there will be six…
Anyone can run or bike. And if any two people could testify to that, it’s Gerri Grady and Hugh Lambert. Both Grady and Lambert have used exercise to overcome health problems. Now, both are leaders in two separate exercise- and…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 14:05

A new trail winds its way to WCU

Construction of nearly five miles of multiuse trail for walkers, hikers, trail runners and mountain bikers on Western Carolina University’s campus will begin this spring. The trail will be built on WCU’s West Campus, where the $46 million Health and…
The second-annual Assault on Black Rock trail race in Jackson County will take place beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 17, starting in the Fisher Creek parking area. Runners, hikers and walkers are welcome to take on the challenge of…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 14:04

Dillsboro growers’ fair seeking vendors

Vegetable and flower growers wanting to participate in The Full Spectrum Farms — Growers’ Fair in March can submit vendor applications now. The event will be held from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. March 31 at Monteith Park in Dillsboro.…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 14:03

Help root out unwanted plants along the AT

Help root out those unwanted invasives in the forests by volunteering from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday, March 3, along the Appalachian Trail in Hot Springs. The event is through the Western North Carolina Alliance, as a partner of…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 14:03

Master gardeners take spring plant orders

Orders for fruit and vegetable plants are being taken now through the Haywood County Master Gardener Association, with a March 23 deadline for prepaid orders. “The goal is to make selected fruits and vegetables available to gardeners in our area…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 14:02

Documentary looks at our use of plastics

The Western North Carolina Alliance is hosting a screening of the award-winning environmental documentary “Bag It” at UNC-Asheville’s Highsmith Center at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16. Try going a day without plastic. Plastic is everywhere and infiltrates our lives…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 14:01

Applications due for fishing youth camp

Registration is under way for a summer fishing camp for ages 13 to 15 at Lake Logan near Canton, an always-popular event. The Trout Unlimited’s ninth annual Rivercourse Coldwater Conservation and Fly Fishing Youth Camp is designed to teach the…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 14:01

Fly-fishing course offered for women only

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will offer a special fly-fishing weekend for women through the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program on March 9-11 in the mountains. Activities will be held at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education and Davidson River Campground,…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 14:00

Warm weather at this year’s Icycle Bike Race

Promoters and competitors agreed this year’s Icycle Mountain Bike Racing Classic at Fontana Village Resort was one of the most competitive and exciting ever. The unseasonal warm weather and some route changes brought a totally different feel to this year’s…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 13:59

Fly-fishing team lands line-up of top coaches

The N.C. Fly Fishing Team, who count the region’s best fishermen among their ranks, has now hooked one of the best in the nation as their instructor. George Daniel, formerly coach of the national USA Fly Fishing Team, has agreed…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 13:58

Tunnel repairs close Blue Ridge Parkway

The Blue Ridge Parkway will be closed between Soco Gap in Maggie Valley to the end of the Parkway in Cherokee through the middle of April. Repairs are being made to the Big Witch Tunnel along that stretch. Also, another…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 13:58

LTLT seeks steward to buy conserved farm

The Land Trust for the Little Tennessee recently purchased a historic 130-acre farm in northern Macon County and is looking for a buyer to be a steward for the now protected property. The “Lakey Creek Farm” in the Oak Grove…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 13:54

Zee wolves must go, by Kuteeng Satire

The Naturalist’s Corner dispatched its chief investigative reporter, Kuteeng Satire, to the land of Dudley Doright to bring you the truth regarding Canada’s plan to shoot, shoot from airplanes, poison, trap and otherwise kill thousands of wolves because the stupid…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 13:51

The queen of local beekeepers

As the weather cooled this past weekend, Kathy Taylor’s bees were nowhere in sight; sheltering themselves within their manmade, wooden hives, the bees had calmed again after an unseasonably warm winter left them stirring. This time of year, the queen…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 21:49

Explore history with a guided hike in the Smokies

Join Friends of the Smokies for a guided hike along Kephart Prong Trail, followed by a visit to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center and Mountain Farm Museum, Saturday, March 17. The four-mile hike will be led by hiking enthusiast and outdoors…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 21:48

The bear is back

The iconic bear specialty license plate that raises dollars for Friends of the Smokies is being sold again, with an updated design that meets law enforcement visual requirements. North Carolina is moving toward standardizing specialty license plates. This could in…
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is recruiting for a variety of volunteer opportunities at Oconaluftee and Clingmans Dome for the upcoming season. Volunteers are needed to work information centers and rove trails. These volunteers educate park visitors about natural…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 21:47

Monitoring to root out erosion sources in Haywood

A $500 grant was awarded to Haywood Waterways Association by the Haywood County Community Foundation to expand Haywood Waterways’ sediment monitoring program and establish five new monitoring sites in the Raccoon Creek watershed. The new sites will help identify areas…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 21:45

Program to discuss mercury fall-out

A program on mercury pollution in mountain waters will be held by the Watershed Association of the Tuckasegee River at 6:15 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 27, at the historic courthouse in Sylva adjacent to the new Jackson County Public Library.…
The N.C. Fly Fishing Team, who count the region’s best fishermen among their ranks, has now hooked one of the best in the nation as their instructor. George Daniel, formerly coach of the national USA Fly Fishing Team, has agreed…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 21:44

HCC Wildlife Club to host wild game dinner

The sixth-annual Wild Game Dinner is set for 6 p.m. on Friday, March 2, at the Haywood County Fairgrounds.   The dinner is a fundraiser for students in Haywood Community College’s Wildlife Club. Money raised will provide financial assistance for…