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Wednesday, 13 October 2010 20:57

Grants encourage new ways of farming

Mountain farmers are encouraged to tap into two different grants to expand and diversify what they grow, as well as create better in-roads into the marketplace. Funding for both comes from the N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund, helping farmers in regions…
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 20:54

Conservation makes strides in the mountains

Blue Ridge Forever, a coalition of nine land trusts in the mountains, will exceed its five-year goal of protecting 50,000 acres in Western North Carolina. The land trusts expect to surpass the target by as much as 8,000 acres by…
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 20:53

Reunion brings back memories of Fontana town

The children of workers who constructed the Fontana Dam in the 1940s are holding their annual reunion this week, returning to the place they were raised to reminisce of about life growing up in Fontana Village, a town built from…
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 20:52

Live wolves coming to Maggie

A program on wolves, featuring a couple of live wolves, will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 19, at the Maggie Valley Pavilion. “Wolf Tales” will feature Rob Gudger, a wildlife biologist who lives in Maggie Valley, and…
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 20:33

DOT calls for outlandish litter

The Most Unusual Litter Contest is currently open to all who participate in the N.C. Department of Transportation’s fall Litter Sweep or a similar litter cleanup event. All entry forms are due by Oct. 31. The contest is sponsored by…
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 20:32

Deep Creek cleanup planned

A Deep Creek litter cleanup will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 23, in conjunction with Make A Difference Day. Volunteers should meet at the Swain County Recreation Park on West Deep Creek Road at 9…
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 20:25

Dangerous trash pulled from the river

Volunteers with the Watershed Association of the Tuckasegee River removed old car parts, iron pipes and other trash from Savannah Creek at the confluence with the Tuckasegee River this month. Upstream, two old bridge beams were pulled out of the…
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 20:24

HCC Woodsmen take home prize

The Haywood Community College Woodsmen’s Team took first in the 2010 John G. Palmer Intercollegiate Woodsmen’s Meet and Forest Festival Day recently held at the Cradle of Forestry. The team competed against Montgomery Community College, North Carolina State University, Penn…
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 20:23

Suli Marsh to undergo invasive plant purge

Approximately 20 volunteers and staff will converge at Suli Marsh on the Little Tennessee River Greenway from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 23, to eradicate exotic invasive plants smothering and crowding out native plants in natural areas.  …
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 20:22

Panthertown to hold workday

The Friends of Panthertown will hold its monthly Trail Work Day on Oct. 23. Volunteers should meet at the Salt Rock parking area at 9:30 a.m. Tools will be provided and no experience is necessary. The trail group will hike…
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 20:22

Jordan named new top ranger

Clayton Jordan is the new Chief Ranger for Resource and Visitor Protection at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. “I am honored and excited for the opportunity to join the team at the Smokies,” said newly appointed Chief Ranger Jordan.…
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 20:21

GSMNP’s 10th superintendent dies

Former Great Smoky Mountains National Park Superintendent Merrill D. (Dave) Beal, 84, died on Sept. 21, at his home in Eugene, Ore. Beal’s final National Park Service (NPS) assignment was as Smokies superintendent from December 1978 to 1983. He also…
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 20:20

Haywood Heroes 5K to make first annual debut

The Haywood Heroes 5K Road Race and 1-mile Fun Run honoring emergency service personnel who gave their lives in the line of duty will be held Saturday, Nov. 6, in Canton. The race is sponsored by the Canton Lions Club…
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 20:19

Aster-risk*

Blue, white, lavender and purple corymbs, racemes and panicles will glow from shadowy woods and blaze from sunny meadows from now until the first hard, killing frost. Asters comprise a large beautiful complex and challenging group of wildflowers to pin…
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 20:18

Ancient footpaths of a lost era

Editor’s note: In April 2009, the non-profit organization Wild South was notified by the Cherokee Preservation Foundation of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians that it and partner organizations Mountain Stewards and the Southeastern Anthropological Institute had been awarded a…
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 20:52

Brock gets break to study climate problems

Warren Wilson College chemistry professor John Brock was recently awarded a grant by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to fund a sabbatical leave to study the human health impacts of climate  change in Appalachia and the southeastern…
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 20:51

Camping in Cataloochee will require forethought

Cataloochee Campground in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will re-open next year under a new advance reservation system. When the campground opens March 11, campers will be required to have made advance reservations through Recreation.gov. Historically, the popular but…
The U.S. Forest Service has begun using a series of new approaches to save hemlock forests under attack from the woolly adelgid. The new approaches include aerial application of an adelgid-killing fungus, use of the chemical dinotefuran in high-priority areas…
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 20:49

Ancient road signs

Having followed Indians trails and routes for decades, I have learned that some fascinating cultural road markers and signpost elements were and still are to be found along the old travel ways. Two of the most interesting are trail marker…
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 20:48

Farmers Market gives thanks to customers

Haywood’s Historic Farmers Market will host a customer appreciation event during the last day of its regular season on Saturday, Oct. 30, in the parking lot of the Haywood Arts Regional Theater at 250 Pigeon St. in Waynesville. Several vendors,…
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 20:48

Blue Ridge Parkway documentary airs

A new documentary about the Blue Ridge Parkway will air at 10 p.m. on Nov. 4 on UNC-TV. Documentary filmmaker Bruce Bowers and Bowers Media Group, Inc. produced the documentary, which is called, “The Blue Ridge Parkway: A Long and…
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 20:47

Extension offers beef quality certification

The Cooperative Extension Service in Swain County will hold a Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certification program for beef cattle producers in Western North Carolina from 6 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 15 at the Extension Center.  BQA is a voluntary…
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 20:46

October nights

The clear night skies last week provided the perfect backdrop for this year’s Hunter’s Moon. The Hunter’s Moon is the first full moon after the Harvest Moon, which is the full moon nearest the autumnal equinox. This year’s harvest moon…
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 20:45

The 1776 campaign against the Cherokee

By Lamar Marshall • Contributing Writer It was a crisp, cold day with snow on the ground when I pulled my old 4-Runner to the shoulder of U.S. 441 near the north side of the gap at the top of…
Wednesday, 22 July 2009 18:42

The Naturalist's Corner

Up in the air Western North Carolina senators Joe Sam Queen, Martin Nesbitt and John Snow might be wishing they had a wind turbine to cool down some of the heat they’ve been taking for throwing a kink into plans…
Wednesday, 22 July 2009 18:44

Volunteers keep the Smokies ticking

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park boasts more volunteers than nearly any other park. Last year, 2,780 volunteers logged a total of 117,537 man-hours. They wielded Pulaskis on trails, handed out maps at visitor centers, donned historic costumes for heritage…
Wednesday, 22 July 2009 18:51

Life in the richest place on earth

When Jim Lowe strikes out on his twice-monthly foray to check insect traps in the Smokies, he never knows just what is in store. Lowe runs various and sundry traps — tiny cups sunk in the ground, large mesh nets…
As the inventory of every living species in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park trudges into its tenth year, it turns out the biggest hunt so far isn’t for obscure slime molds or nocturnal flies — it’s for taxonomists to…
Wednesday, 29 July 2009 19:11

Thoroughly modern millipedes

By Jim Janke Every summer one or two people bring samples of ugly little insects into the plant clinic and ask how to get them out of their home. If the insects in the picture are also in your home,…
Wednesday, 29 July 2009 19:12

Tunnel greenhouses fend off winter’s grip

A workshop on how to build a simple greenhouse will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 30, as part of the “Gardening in Cowee” series at the Rickman Store in Macon County. Vegetable growers can easily extend the gardening…
Alex Bell can’t resist striking up a conversation with fellow fishermen he encounters on the Tuckasegee. But lately, he’s had a motive behind his friendly banter. As an author of the new WNC Fly Fishing Trail, Bell is eager to…
Wednesday, 29 July 2009 19:20

Local authors proud of fishing trail map

Ask any fisherman what their favorite stretch of stream is and you may as well be asking for directions to the moon. They might tell you what stream they frequent, but as for an exact spot — well, that’s between…
Wednesday, 29 July 2009 19:24

Conversation – what conversation?

Regular readers of this column probably already know that I’ve run afoul of many regional environmental groups by questioning the environmental and ecological cost-benefits of placing industrial-scale wind farms on top of the mountain ridges across the Appalachians. In a…
Wednesday, 03 June 2009 18:35

The Naturalist's Corner

Stop and smell the flowers Sure, we all hear it and we all think, “I’m gonna do just that as soon as I catch up.” And then next year we hear it again. Well thanks to a wonderful offer from…
The Nantahala Gorge contributes $85 million to the local economy each year, and is the primary reason many tourists make their first visit to Western North Carolina, according to the results of an economic impact study conducted by Western Carolina…
Wednesday, 03 June 2009 18:45

Ivy covered walls

By Jim Janke When our house was being built it became obvious that we needed to hide two 40 feet long by 10 feet high retaining walls. These walls were the first things you noticed when looking at the south…
Wednesday, 03 June 2009 18:52

Gorge outfitters debate direction

By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer A year ago, a group of more than 40 rafting outfitters gathered to discuss ways to boost declining visitor numbers in the Nantahala Gorge. The meeting, coordinated by regional tourism entity Smoky Mountain Host,…
Wednesday, 10 June 2009 19:05

A race against time

While it’s hard to imagine as one gazes at the vast wilderness of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, more than two-thirds of the lush forests were clear-cut by timber companies in a couple of short decades preceding the park’s…
Wednesday, 10 June 2009 19:15

The Naturalist's Corner

Goodbye to a native son A light has dimmed in the universe. It was a light that shone with gracious comforting warmth yet it was sparked by a lucidity so radiant, so white hot, that it cut laser-like through the…
A ceremonial groundbreaking was held this week for a new visitor center at the main North Carolina entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park outside Cherokee. The new visitor center will showcase the cultural heritage of the region, from…
Wednesday, 17 June 2009 19:36

The Naturalist's Corner

Birds of a feather Yep, they’ll be flocking June 25 at 10 a.m. at the North Carolina Arboretum, 100 Frederick Law Olmstead Way in Asheville. The event will commemorate the publication of North Carolina Birding Trail’s Mountain Trail Guide. The…
Wednesday, 17 June 2009 19:38

Garden records

By Jim Webb Don’t you wish you kept good records? I sure do. Those Elvis Presley 45’s, purchased the first day they hit the record store, would probably be worth a fortune now. Oh, well, what did I know in…
Harrah’s Cherokee Casino has donated $10,000 to Friends of the Smokies in honor of the 75th anniversary of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park this year. The contribution recognizes the value of having the most visited national park in the…
Wednesday, 17 June 2009 20:14

Maggie festival embraces all things trout

Maggie Valley will celebrate the trout heritage of the Smoky Mountain region with its annual Trout Festival, held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 20, at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds. One of the integral aspects of…
By Peter Barr • Guest writer The Carolina Mountain Club is challenging hikers to seek out some of Western North Carolina’s most spectacular panoramas. The group’s new Lookout Tower Challenge rewards outdoor enthusiasts for completing hikes to 24 of the…
Wednesday, 24 June 2009 15:55

In search of hidden lookout towers

The line-up of hikes in the Lookout Tower Challenge spans Western North Carolina. Seven are located in the Nantahala National Forest, including Wayah Bald and Albert Mountain along the Appalachian Trail. Five more towers can be found in the Great…
Wednesday, 24 June 2009 16:04

The Naturalist's Corner

WNS impacts western Carolina caving The USDA Forest Service issued an order on May 21 closing all caves and abandoned mines on FS property — unless specifically posted as open — in its Southeastern Region 8. The states affected include…
Wednesday, 06 May 2009 16:03

The Naturalist's Corner

A decade of Birding for the Arts This past Saturday morning (May 2) more than 20 arts patrons and bird fanciers gathered at 8 a.m. under ominous skies at the Haywood Arts Regional Theatre for the 10th annual (time sure…
Wednesday, 06 May 2009 16:14

Gate goes up, Gorge community blocked out

By Julia Merchant • Staff writer One day last October, Bud Dills, a longtime Nantahala Gorge resident, headed down to his favorite fishing spot. The area, located where the Nantahala River empties into Fontana Lake just past Wesser Falls, had…
Wednesday, 06 May 2009 16:16

You, too, can bike to work

Whether it’s for fitness, for fun or to save the planet, there’s plenty of reasons to bike to work. There’s also plenty of excuses not to. This week, The Smoky Mountain News sought out two people who make biking to…
Innovative techniques for dispersing runoff and protecting neighboring streams will be highlighted during a program at 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 11, at Bethel Elementary School. The grounds of Bethel Elementary School incorporate many environmental features that protect water quality. Haywood…
Wednesday, 13 May 2009 16:32

The Naturalist's Corner

What’s that buzzin? “Daddy, daddy, there’s a yellowjacket in the bedroom!” cried Izzy. And somehow, the dusty old synapses fired and I replied, “It’s not a yellow jacket, it’s a fly.” Now, I guess I could have been premature —…
Wednesday, 13 May 2009 16:40

Do you have a gardening question?

By Jim Janke The purpose of Master Gardener programs is to increase the knowledge of horticulture among home gardeners. Master Gardener Volunteers are trained to answer questions about lawns, fruits, vegetables, trees and ornamental plants. Their efforts in getting information…
When Steve Woody and Barney Coulter got a mysterious call from Smokies Superintendent Randall Pope in the early 1990s asking to see them in his office, they dutifully, albeit curiously, complied. Neither were used to taking orders — Coulter as…
Jesse Webster consulted his GPS and eyed the tangle of rhododendrons stretching out of sight up the mountainside. Somewhere beyond the gnarled thicket lay a massive grove of old-growth hemlocks — at least that’s what aerial photos suggested. It was…
Wednesday, 20 May 2009 17:15

The Naturalist's Corner

Crepuscular by nature The sun knows the secret. Beginning and end Are the beautiful times. The soft warm And sensual times. Dawning and setting The magic times Of life Of love Of every day. The sky began to brighten. Clouds…
A new hiking book on Western North Carolina puts the regions trails in a new perspective. It weaves together the classic nuts-and-bolts trail instructions with history, stories and anecdotes of the trail and its surrounds. Hiking North Carolina’s Blue Ridge…
There are few places where scientists probing the mysteries of the natural world would rather be. The sweeping vistas of the Appalachian Highlands Science Learning Center, a remote outpost straddling the Cataloochee Divide, has lured researchers from across the globe…
The Commissioners of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission unanimously passed a resolution Thursday, pledging the agency’s support for the management and stewardship of the East Fork Headwaters, an 8,000 acre tract of biologically diverse land in Transylvania County. During meetings…
In the three years since the Haywood County commissioners authorized a new “enhanced voluntary agricultural district” ordinance, 15 Bethel-area landowners have now placed more than 1,000 acres into the program.   “This total represents real progress in our efforts to…
William and Sabrina Shelton of Shelton Family Farms and Ron and Cathy Arps of Vegenui Garden are sponsoring an end-of-the-season celebration for the members of their CSAs and the vendors at the Jackson County Farmers Market beginning at 2:30 p.m. on Nov.…
Thursday, 04 November 2010 01:02

GSMNP closures

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park began operating on its winter schedule Nov. 1, which includes the closing of seven of 10 campgrounds. Through the month of November, the Sugarlands Visitor Center, two miles south of Gatlinburg, will open daily…
Gardeners, foresters, landowners and others concerned about nonnative invasive plants in the South can now get free copies of A Field Guide for the Identification of Invasive Plants in Southern Forests by U.S. Forest Service Research Ecologist Jim Miller. The…
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is taking public comment on a coordinated national management plan to address white-nose syndrome, which is decimating bat species across the United States. White-nose syndrome has killed more than a million bats in the…
Thursday, 04 November 2010 00:58

Parkway closed and under repair

Traveling from Haywood or Jackson counties to Asheville on the Blue Ridge Parkway won’t be possible until spring as a portion of the scenic road has been closed for repair. The Parkway will be closed between Milepost 405 at N.C.…
Thursday, 04 November 2010 00:57

Keep your eye on the birdie

Last year around this time we talked about York University Professor Bridget Stutchbury’s groundbreaking research with migrating purple martins and wood thrushes (see http://www.smokymountainnews.com/index.php/news/item/1383-the-naturalists-corner). Stutchbury, her students and now other researchers — with the aid of some nano-technology — are…
Kieran Roe, executive director of Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy, said that if the North Carolina Wildlife Commission does not commit to managing the East Fork Headwaters tract that the deal could fall through. “There’s a lot riding on what Wildlife…
The Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy has partnered with The Conservation Fund to purchase 8,000 acres in southern Transylvania County from former congressman Charles Taylor and family. Keiran Roe, executive director of the CMLC, described the tract as the largest privately…
Wednesday, 01 April 2009 15:18

Homecoming on the Pigeon River

After decades of paper mill pollution, the Pigeon River is coming back to life — literally. Aquatic biologists embarked on a mission several years ago to restore species that had been wiped out by chemical discharges from the mill. After…
Wednesday, 01 April 2009 15:25

Do not plant Bradford Pear

By Jim Janke We moved here from Chicago, where there are only two seasons: winter and road-under-construction.* By comparison, the extended spring in the mountains is wonderful. We have as many as 12 weeks of continuous bloom when redbuds, pears,…
Wednesday, 01 April 2009 15:26

Finding a home for fresh water mussels

Barrels of mussels being bred at the state’s fish hatcheries are awaiting release into the region’s rivers, helping to restore these dwindling but important species. For decades, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has raised fish — some 8 million a…
Wednesday, 01 April 2009 15:31

The Naturalist's Corner

Caving moratorium sought Three weeks ago (Naturalist’s Corner 3/11) I wrote about a mysterious malady dubbed White Nose Syndrome (WNS) that has been decimating bat populations at various hibernacula across the Northeast and spreading south. Last week (3/26) the U.S,…
Wednesday, 08 April 2009 15:48

Local couple recognized for land stewardship

John and Jane Young of Haywood County have been recognized by the North Carolina Forest Stewardship Program for their commitment to natural resource conservation on their land in the Upper Crabtree area of Haywood County. The couple wanted to bring…
Wednesday, 08 April 2009 15:48

The Naturalist's Corner

Watershed dreaming Last Saturday (April 4) was another sojourn into the town of Waynesville’s 8,500-acre plus watershed. The town initiated these watershed hikes back in 2007 to introduce town residents and other interested parties to this amazing resource that has…
Between blue skies and blue water, the inaugural Lake Junaluska Duathlon won over dozens of runners and bikers this weekend. “It’s basically the perfect set-up. I couldn’t imagine a better venue,” said Ken Howell, a racer who lives in Haywood…
Wednesday, 15 April 2009 16:24

The Naturalist's Corner

Canaries in the coalmine As I passed the kitchen windows last Friday (4/10), a brilliant red streak caught my eye. I followed the streak to a branch in one of the large poplars at the corner of the deck. There…
In response to a growing concern about a new malady that has killed an estimated 400,000 bats north of here and may be headed this way, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park has closed all of its caves to public…
When most business owners cast their eyes about the office — noting the reams of white paper spilling off the printer, the blinking lights on computers not shut down at the end of the day, the drafty crack under the…
Wednesday, 22 April 2009 16:39

When is it safe to plant?

By Jim Janke When is it safe to plant tender annuals and vegetables in Haywood County? The standard answer we give in the plant clinic is May 15th. Before then you risk damage from a frost. But is May 15th…
Wednesday, 22 April 2009 16:41

Local activist arrested at Cliffside protest

Avram Friedman, leader of the Sylva-based air quality group the Canary Coalition, was arrested during a protest march in Charlotte Monday (April 20) against Duke Energy’s new Cliffside power plant proposed for Rutherford County. More than 400 marchers, including Friedman,…
By Josh Mitchell • Staff Writer The bad economy may be good for business along the Appalachian Trail. The AT typically attracts recent college grads, young people taking a break from their jobs, and a growing number of retirees. This…
Wednesday, 22 April 2009 16:50

The Naturalist's Corner

A picture is worth a thousand words When the 1968 Apollo astronauts rounded the moon for the first time the deepest impression was not the view of that barren, never-before-seen lunar landscape, but the sight of a dazzling, beautiful blue…
Flips, spins, big jumps and high speeds — these things challenge the average human being, but, for big-air snowboarder Zeb Powell, they’re no big deal. Five days out of the week during ski season, the 13-year old can be found…
A Haywood Community College wildlife student brought home a second-place finish in the STIHL Timbersports Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Challenge this month. Daniel Jones, 22, from Hayesville, combined precision, strength and speed to bring home the honor. Jones is a freshman majoring…
Wednesday, 29 April 2009 17:00

When to celebrate

Depending on how you slice it, the 75th anniversary of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park could be celebrated on a variety of days. The park has deemed the official anniversary date to be June 15, 2009, exactly 75 years…
Wednesday, 29 April 2009 17:07

The Naturalist's Corner

Hats off to Avram and the activist spirit Avram Friedman, executive director of the Canary Coalition, is not afraid to put his money (whatever fine he may have to pay for trespassing) and time (eight hours in Mecklenburg County jail)…
Wednesday, 29 April 2009 17:13

Smokies prepare for bat-decimating disease

In response to a growing concern about a new malady that has killed an estimated 400,000 bats north of here and may be headed this way, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park has closed all of its caves to public…
Wednesday, 29 April 2009 17:14

Celebrating 75 years

More than 200 state and local dignitaries gathered for a ceremony atop Clingmans Dome in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park last week. The event kicked off the celebration of the park’s 75th anniversary, bringing together communities from North Carolina…
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 21:13

Appalachian Trail undergoes repair

A collaborative effort between public and private entities was responsible for repair work on a section of the Appalachian Trail that was damaged by a landslide in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The landslide was 10 miles from the…
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 21:12

Burning scheduled at Cade’s Cove

Fire managers at Great Smoky Mountains National Park plan to conduct a series of prescribed burns of fields in Cades Cove on Tuesday through Friday, Nov. 9-12, if weather conditions permit.  Park managers plan to burn several tracts totaling about…
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 21:12

Agricultural incentives offered in Haywood

Haywood County landowners can apply for cost-share grants to install practices that improve water quality on agricultural operations.   Practices eligible for funding include watering tanks, fencing, streambank stabilization, pastureland improvement, sediment control on agriculture lands, agri-chemical buildings, forest stand…
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 21:11

Cataloochee opens for the season

Cataloochee Ski Area opened for the season on Saturday, Nov. 6, making it one of the first resorts in the east to start skiing for the fifth year in a row. The resort will open on Saturday and Sundays only…
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 21:10

Ogburn recognized for education work

The Environmental Educators of North Carolina are pleased to announce that Blair Ogburn, senior naturalist and education coordinator at the Balsam Mountain Trust at Balsam Preserve in Jackson County, is the winner of the 2010 Outstanding Newcomer Award from The…
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 21:08

Land Trust to hold fall celebration

The Land Trust for Little Tennessee will hold its annual Fall Celebration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 13 at the Mission Farm in the Hiawassee Basin. The day includes live music, activities for kids, a hayride, a…
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 21:05

The Naturalist's Corner

East Fork Headwaters Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy is still hoping for a Christmas present from the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. Most folk who follow conservation issues across the region are probably aware that CMLC and its partner, The Conservation…
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 21:03

SCC offers new program in wilderness therapy

Southwestern Community College has started a new degree program whose graduates will likely become the leaders in the growing field of wilderness therapy. The course work was designed in collaboration with area wilderness therapy providers such as Woodson Wilderness Challenge,…
The economy and high gas prices last summer led to slightly fewer visitors in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park last year. The park saw 9.04 million visitors last year, a drop of 4 percent compared to the 9.37 million…
A design has been finalized for a new $3 million visitor center at the North Carolina entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park outside Cherokee. The new visitor center will focus on the cultural history of the park, from…
Wednesday, 04 March 2009 15:22

The Naturalist's Corner

Peregrine pads protected Rock climbing trails across the Carolina mountains near known peregrine falcon nest sites have once again been closed to climbers. The closures run from Jan. 15 to Aug. 15. While the peregrine falcon was removed from the…