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Wednesday, 20 February 2013 15:07

Bear Creek Lake on upper Tuck gets boat ramp, dock and pier

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A boat ramp on Bear Creek Lake in the Tuckasegee area of Jackson County has been renovated by the N.C.…
Wednesday, 13 February 2013 14:04

Wild game on the grill at wildlife club dinner

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The Wildlife Club at Haywood Community College is hosting a wild game dinner at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, at…
Wednesday, 13 February 2013 14:02

Parkway chief to retire

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Parkway Superintendent Phil Francis has announced that he will retire on April 1 after 41 years in the National Park…
Wednesday, 13 February 2013 14:01

Cataloochee road closed due to wash out

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The gravel road leading into Cataloochee Valley in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was washed out by recent heavy…
Wednesday, 13 February 2013 14:00

Vandals hit park with paint and profanity

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Vandals hit an area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park known as “the Sinks” — a popular roadside waterfall…
Wednesday, 13 February 2013 13:56

More trail talk…

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A regional trails map showing hiking trails, greenways, public lands, rivers and other outdoor recreation landmarks in the seven western…
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 14:36

Local fisherman lands silver at championships

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Angler and Sylva native Josh Stephens recently earned a silver medal in team competition during the National Fly Fishing Championship…
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 14:34

Donation will go to Smokies priorities

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Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park was recently awarded $2,000 from Sustainability for Generations to Come, a Western North…
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 14:30

Farmers get a helping hand with diversification grants

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28 Western North Carolina farmers received nearly $150,000 total in grants to help diversify their farm businesses. The money was…
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 14:30

Fees proposed for forest service recreation sites

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The U.S. Forest Service may increase, or begin charging, fees at seven recreation sites within the national forests in North…
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 14:27

Hops finds a home in WNC soil and economy

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A free program on “The Business of Growing Hops” will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb.…
Wednesday, 30 January 2013 14:47

Hiking club rolls out two new trail challenges

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To celebrate its 90th anniversary, the Carolina Mountain Club Challenge committee has added two new hiking challenges this year to…
Wednesday, 30 January 2013 14:46

Sign-up for behind-the-scenes look at the Smokies

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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is beginning a new program that allows nearby residents, business people, teachers and community…
Wednesday, 30 January 2013 14:39

Conservancy adds on to protected Roan Mountain lands

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A 601-acre tract in Avery County near Roan Mountain has been purchased and conserved by the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy.…
A large Appalachian Trail gathering is coming to Western Carolina University this summer, and local trail clubs hosting the week-long…
Wednesday, 30 January 2013 00:00

Outdoors news briefs

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Rains cause wastewater spills in Haywood Beginning Jan. 14, and due to the heavy rains, Waynesville had several wastewater overflows.…
Wednesday, 23 January 2013 14:48

Big investment made in local bio-fuels

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A consortium of Western North Carolina public agencies and private organizations will receive a grant of $766,000 from the N.C.…
Wednesday, 23 January 2013 14:46

Working farmland protection plan being crafted in Swain

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Swain County farmers, landowners, and other interested individuals are invited to share their thoughts and idea on a new farmland…
Wednesday, 16 January 2013 00:00

Global warming series aims to inspire change

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A six-week discussion course on climate change called “Global Warming: Changing Course” is being put on by the Western North…
Proposed logging below Devil’s Courthouse in the Pisgah National Forest is being widely decried among outdoor recreation groups and environmental…
Wednesday, 16 January 2013 00:00

Freeze your icicle off at winter bike race

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Riders are invited to compete and spectators are invited to watch at the Icycle Mountain Bike Race at Fontana Village…
Wednesday, 16 January 2013 00:00

Deputy superintendent retires from GSMNP

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Kevin FitzGerald, deputy superintendent of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park since 2006, retired this month after 34 years with…
Wednesday, 16 January 2013 00:00

Haywood Waterways to launch endowment fundraising campaign

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The Haywood Waterways Association has named their endowment fund the “Joetta Rinehart Endowment Fund” in honor of one of the…
Wednesday, 16 January 2013 00:00

Lake Junaluska a top spot for winter birding

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The Highlands Plateau chapter of the Audubon Society will go birding at Lake Junaluska on Monday, Jan. 21, to mark…
Wednesday, 09 January 2013 00:00

Food cables help backpackers ward off bears

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The Appalachian Trail Conservancy has provided $800 from its specialty license plate funds to help secure backpackers’ food from bears…
Wednesday, 09 January 2013 00:00

New soil and water expert named

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Waynesville native John Ottinger has been named District Conservationist for the Haywood and Madison counties Soil and Water Conservation District.
Wednesday, 02 January 2013 04:10

Local food on the rise

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Last year was a promising year for local food production and farm education in WNC, according to the Appalachian Sustainable…
Wednesday, 02 January 2013 04:03

Contest captures state’s natural beauty

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The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has announced the winners of the eighth annual Wildlife in North Carolina magazine outdoor photo…
Wednesday, 02 January 2013 03:59

Forests and water could be doomed in 2060

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A comprehensive U.S. Forest Service report released last month examines how expanding populations, increased urbanization, and changing land-use patterns could…
Wednesday, 26 December 2012 14:58

Classes and workshops

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Wildlife program seeks help with classes Wild South’s Wildlife Outreach Initiative, along with Mountain Wildlife Days, are in the process…
Wednesday, 26 December 2012 14:54

Ready, set, ski! Races begin at Catalaoochee

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Cataloochee Ski Area is opening its winter race series beginning 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, for middle school competitors, followed…
Wednesday, 26 December 2012 14:50

New hiker shelter finished on the AT

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Hikers of the Appalachian Trail now have a new shelter where they can rest their bones. The U.S. Forest Service…
Wednesday, 19 December 2012 00:00

Foundation makes year-end push for one donation per mile

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The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation has once again launched a year-end fundraising campaign called the 469 Challenge. Inspired by the…
Wednesday, 19 December 2012 00:00

Project to engage farmers in biofuel industry

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A $130,000 grant from The Biofuels Center of North Carolina is providing seed money aimed at developing the clean energy…
Wednesday, 19 December 2012 00:00

Franklin Young Professionals awarded for trash pick-up

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The Franklin Young Professionals were recently awarded a plaque for their participation in the N.C. Big Sweep river cleanup this…
Wednesday, 19 December 2012 00:00

Historic Appalachian Trail shelter gets a lift

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The Nantahala Hiking Club recently renovated an 80-year-old Appalachian Trail shelter about a mile north of Burningtown Gap in Macon…
Wednesday, 12 December 2012 15:05

REI grant used to save Chimney Tops trail in the Smokies

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Recreational Equipment Inc. donated $5,000 to support the Smokies Trails Forever program and helped fund a crew and 106 volunteers…
Wednesday, 12 December 2012 15:03

New speciality plate looking for support

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Show your support for the Mountain to Sea Trail by being one of the first 300 people to buy a…
Wednesday, 12 December 2012 15:02

Appalachian Trail ambassadors sought

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The Appalachian Trail Conservancy seeks to fill 15 volunteer positions as Appalachian Trail community ambassadors. These ambassadors will support the AT…
Wednesday, 12 December 2012 14:58

Gear Guide 2012: Blackrock Outdoor Company

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Hammocks by Eagle’s Nest Outfitters — $55 to $80 These hammocks are a great gift for anyone simply looking to…
Wednesday, 12 December 2012 14:56

Gear Guide 2012: Nantahala Outdoor Center Wesser

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GoPro Hero3 Camera: Black Edition — $400 If you’re tired of showing boring vacation photographs and videos to friends and…
Wednesday, 12 December 2012 14:55

Gear Guide 2012: Outdoor 76 Franklin

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Outdoor 76 t-shirts and “828” caps — $22 to $26 If you fish local, hike local or kayak local, then…
Wednesday, 12 December 2012 14:54

Gear guide 2012: Mast General Store

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Sawyer Squeeze Filter — $60 This may be the best, and last water filter, you ever buy. The new filter…
Wednesday, 05 December 2012 14:59

Little Tennessee heralded for wildlife spotting

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The Little Tennessee River in Macon County landed a spot on the N.C. Wildlife Federation’s “top nine” list of spots…
Wednesday, 05 December 2012 14:58

Is the chestnut making a comeback?

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Volunteers and scientists planted 200 American chestnut seedlings in the Nantahala National Forest that are hopefully blight resistant in efforts…
Wednesday, 05 December 2012 14:57

Land trust protects entrance to protected area

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In November the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy purchased 89 acres at the southern end of the Yellow Mountain State Natural…
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 14:15

Christmas bird count is counting on you

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Tune up your listening ears and wipe down the binoculars: the Highlands Plateau Audubon Society is calling all birders to…
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 14:12

Red wolf exhibit gets upgrades at WNC Nature Center

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A $50,000 grant will fund improvements to the red wolf exhibit and build a covered pavilion at the Western North…
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 14:11

Hometown biologist honored for saving quail

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A biologist with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, who hails from Haywood County and has played a leading role in…