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Wednesday, 18 January 2012 14:55

Franklin now has AT “ambassador”

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Mary Bennett has been chosen to serve as the volunteer ambassador for the designated Appalachian Trail Community of Franklin. Bennett…
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 14:55

Camp in Maggie Valley helps troubled youth

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A grant from Healthy Haywood has helped launch an Outdoor Mission Camp for court-involved kids. Positive Community Connections is designed…
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 14:53

Growers discover benefits of mob farming

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Farmers, want-to-be farmers and anyone willing to pitch in at local farms are forming “mobs” to help farmers. These mobs…
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 14:53

Get involved with Tuckasegee watershed group

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The Watershed Association of the Tuckasegee River will hold a public planning meeting from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan.…
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 14:52

Learn, talk about the Clean Water Act

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A discussion about the Clean Water Act, which environmentalists assert is under assault as industries attempt to rollback federal protections,…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 15:37

WNC Alliance director appointed to MRC

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The executive director of the Western North Carolina Alliance has been appointed to the state’s influential Mountain Resources Commission (MRC).…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 15:36

Pittillo to speak at Franklin meeting

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Retired Western Carolina University professor and well-known regional fall color prognosticator Dan Pittillo will be the speaker at 2 p.m.…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 15:34

Grants available for renewable energy

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Mountain Valleys Resource Conservation and Development is accepting applications from Western North Carolina farmers interested in generating renewable energy on…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 15:34

Why pitch in? One trail volunteer shares her story

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Trail maintenance has an obvious benefit: it’s darn good exercise. But for Becky Smucker, a volunteer trail crew leader in…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 15:33

Friends of the Smokies receives $10K from REI

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Moving mountains is no easy task, but volunteers and trail crews hauling boulders, digging waterbars and otherwise rehabilitating trails in…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 15:32

NOC wins prestigious outdoor award

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The Nantahala Outdoor Center has been bestowed with the 2012 Outdoor Industry Association Outdoor Inspiration Award. It is the outdoor…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 15:31

Work continues on the French Broad River Paddle Trail

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A volunteer work day to work on campsites for the French Broad River Paddle Trail will take place from 10…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 15:31

Watershed plan subject of Jan. 12 meeting

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The Macon County League of Women Voters of Macon County will host a program on a newly completed study on…
Next time you hike a trail, pause a minute and give silent thanks to the legion of trail volunteers who…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:54

Garden seed ordering set for this month

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The fourth-annual Group Seed Order will take place at St. John’s Episcopal Church on Jackson Street in Sylva on Saturday,…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:53

Calling volunteers for trail work at Gorges Park

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Volunteers are needed at Gorges State Park in Sapphire to help build and maintain trails, with work parties scheduled weekly…
Volunteer organizations have donated labor and money to improve cooking and sleeping quarters for campers, while also reducing potential problems…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:50

Night hunting now legal for wild hogs

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The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission now allows hunting of feral swine and wild hogs at night — but hunters need…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:50

DVD of national fly-fishing competition available for sale

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Learn topnotch, competitive-level fly-fishing techniques via a filmed fly-fishing competition that took place last year here in Western North Carolina.…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:48

AT Bald Trail permanently protected

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The Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy transferred 35 acres to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and the U.S. Forest Service to protect…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:48

WCU students help children with autism

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A local fly-fishing guide and recreational therapy students at Western Carolina University teamed up recently to provide a fly-fishing outing…
Wednesday, 28 December 2011 14:10

Farm and forest land eligible for tax breaks

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If you have 10 acres or more of agricultural land or five acres of horticultural land and make a gross…
Wednesday, 28 December 2011 14:10

Help the environment farming, the feds might help you

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Farmers are eligible for grant money to help with projects to make their operations more environmentally-friendly through the USDA’s Natural…
Wednesday, 28 December 2011 14:08

Group runs to inspire half-marathon hopefuls

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If the holidays resulted in a few extra inches to your waistline and you’re determined to get fit, a free…
Wednesday, 28 December 2011 14:07

The ethics of conservation in your own backyard

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A program called “Land Ethics: Reconnecting with the Natural World” will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12 at…
Wednesday, 28 December 2011 14:07

HCC a national model of sustainable practices

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Haywood Community College’s hard work to build a sustainable campus is featured on a campus sustainability case study database. The…
Wednesday, 28 December 2011 14:06

Mount Mitchell gets new superintendent

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Bryan Wilder, a veteran state park ranger, has been promoted to superintendent of Mount Mitchell State Park. Wilder takes over…
Wednesday, 21 December 2011 15:12

Gov. Purdue recognizes Save the Frogs Day

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Gov. Beverly Purdue of North Carolina recently issued a proclamation officially declaring April 28 “Save the Frogs Day” in the…
Wednesday, 21 December 2011 15:12

Group negotiates compromise to save old-growth stands

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Conservation groups are hailing an agreement with the U.S. Forest Service that they say will protect an area of rare…
Wednesday, 21 December 2011 15:11

Friends save tract bordering the park

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park got an early Holiday gift on Dec. 14 when the Friends of the Smokies officially…
Wednesday, 21 December 2011 15:10

National Park road updates hit Twitter

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If you want to know which roads are closed because of weather conditions in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park,…
Wednesday, 21 December 2011 15:10

New NC bird habitat map online via Audubon

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Audubon North Carolina has put out a new edition of Important Bird Areas of North Carolina, a full-color publication with…
Wednesday, 21 December 2011 15:09

Start the New Year with a hike at Gorges Park

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Gorges State Park is sponsoring a free, guided hike on New Year’s Day. This is a part of First Day…
Wednesday, 21 December 2011 15:09

Frosty Foot trail races coming to Tsali

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Feeling sprightly in the New Year? Then hit the trails in the Tsali National Forest Recreation Area Jan. 7 with…
Wednesday, 21 December 2011 15:08

Walking trail at Lake Junaluska lengthened

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The walking trail at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center is getting longer thanks to a new one-half mile extension…
Wednesday, 21 December 2011 15:08

Become a Master Gardener

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If you are in Jackson and Swain counties, it’s time to sign up for the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service’s Master…
Western Carolina University’s Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines has received a $239,000 grant from the National Park Service…
Wednesday, 14 December 2011 21:56

Hay prices burning through your dollars?

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Learn how to cut down on winter hay-feeding bills by utilizing winter grazing techniques. A “pasture walk” is set for…
Wednesday, 14 December 2011 21:55

Celebrate the sun with solstice walk

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Celebrate the winter solstice, the longest night of the year, by participating in a nighttime walk at 7 p.m. Thursday,…
Wednesday, 14 December 2011 21:55

Ring in 2012 with a 5K run

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The seventh annual Run in 2012 5K will be held at 11 a.m. Jan. 1 in Jackson County. The race…
Wednesday, 14 December 2011 21:54

Christmas weekend hikes planned

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Enjoy the outdoors this Christmas by participating in a series of guided hikes scheduled to take place during the holiday…
Wednesday, 14 December 2011 21:53

Nationally and here at home, sales of local foods are surging

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Local food sales are predicted to reach $7 billion nationally in 2012, according to a report released last month by…
Wednesday, 14 December 2011 21:52

Come see ‘The Wave’ on the Nantahala

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The Nantahala Gorge Worlds Organizing Committee will celebrate the completion of The Wave on Friday, Dec. 16, with a ceremony,…
Wednesday, 14 December 2011 21:51

Working together to address wildlife habitat concerns

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Work is under way on the first wildlife habitat enhancement project in Western North Carolina that relies on an outside…
Assault on Black Rock trail race is a go next year in Jackson County, so mark your calendar for Saturday,…
Wednesday, 07 December 2011 14:43

Details, training announced for WCU’s Valley of the Lilies

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The scenic Cullowhee Valley will serve as the backdrop again when runners from throughout the region gather at Western Carolina…
Wednesday, 07 December 2011 14:43

Friends of the Smokies board member named

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Award-winning businessperson Meridith Elliot Powell has been selected to join the Friends of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Board…
Wednesday, 07 December 2011 14:42

“Green Drinks” and bear information on tap at Rathskellar

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Learn all about bears and bear behavior at a monthly “Green Drinks” social at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 14…
Wednesday, 07 December 2011 14:41

Teachers flock to Highlands for climate change workshop

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Twenty-two high school science teachers from across North Carolina recently visited the Highlands Biological Station for a weekend retreat focusing…