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Tuesday, 17 August 2010 20:47

Overlooks in southern Appalachia

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High-elevation overlooks are one of our finest natural resources. These vantage points allow us to rise above our everyday humdrum…
Tuesday, 17 August 2010 20:38

The oil is gone! Long live the oil!

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A week or so ago White House energy adviser Carol Browner was hitting the morning TV circuit, telling anyone who…
Tuesday, 03 August 2010 20:36

On the beauty of hibiscus flowers

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I had my first introduction to plants in the Hibiscus genus when I was a boy. Rose-of-Sharon was a common…
Wednesday, 28 July 2010 13:08

Bird’s the word

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Are you a fledgling birder? Would you like to learn more about the feathered flocks that visit your feeder and…
Ruffin Shackelford led a group of boys, referred to his program by a juvenile court judge, deep into the Shining…
Wednesday, 21 July 2010 13:00

Goats who stare at trees

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They not only stare at them, they eat them. Well, maybe not all trees, but woody browse in general. Hopefully,…
Tuesday, 20 July 2010 20:49

America’s Great Outdoors Initiative

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Not even the looming shadow of the nation’s worst environmental disaster in two decades could spoil the mood at the…
The mountains of Western North Carolina are rapidly becoming the top destination for serious cyclists east of the Mississippi. The…
Last Thursday morning was atypical for song sparrow IR-IF. While defending his territory from the song of an intruding male,…
Wednesday, 12 April 2017 15:32

HCC wildlife students earn top award

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Students from Haywood Community College came in fourth in a wildlife-centric competition during which they competed against 24 other schools.
Wednesday, 12 April 2017 15:31

Smokies upgrades to cleaner fuel

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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park now boasts two new propane-fueling stations and six new propane-fueled trucks following an unveiling…
Wednesday, 05 April 2017 15:27

Museum receives historic donation

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The Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians received the largest single donation it’s ever seen when Georgia resident Bob…
Wednesday, 29 March 2017 15:26

Assault on Blackrock draws high turnout

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Despite some negative publicity last month when spikes were planted along the trails at Pinnacle Park in Sylva, turnout was…
Wednesday, 29 March 2017 15:25

Nature Center to ramp up education efforts

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The WNC Nature Center will launch a regional education outreach program thanks to a $52,000 grant Friends of the WNC…
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 16:15

Parkway visitation tops 15 million for 2016

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The Blue Ridge Parkway welcomed 15.18 million visitors in 2016, a slight increase from the 15.05 million who visited in…
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 16:14

Smokies association honored for interpretive work

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The Great Smoky Mountains Association took home top honors from the Public Lands Alliance’s annual awards this year.
Wednesday, 08 March 2017 19:36

N.C. Arboretum upgrades facilities, increases parking fee

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The N.C. Arboretum in Asheville recently completed several upgrades to its facilities, including conversion to LED lights in all indoor…
Wednesday, 08 March 2017 19:33

Blue Ridge Breakaway off for 2017

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The Blue Ridge Breakaway, which would have celebrated its eighth year in August, has been canceled for this year with…
Wednesday, 08 March 2017 19:29

Polar plunge raises $30,000 education

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The 2017 Polar Plunge Benefit-t-t-ting Kids in the Creek and Environmental Education surpassed its goal to raise $30,600 this year,…
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 16:40

Prescribed burns planned for national forests

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Over the next few months, prescribed burns will be conducted on all four of North Carolina’s national forests.
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 16:36

Grant dollars will help WNC farms grow

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A total of $201,000 has been awarded to 35 farm businesses in Western North Carolina as part of this year’s…
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 16:29

Drought increases in Western N.C.

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Drought is creeping back into the area, with the number of counties designated as experiencing severe drought growing from four…
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 16:27

WNC bike shops get national recognition

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Of 4,000 U.S. bike shops, Motion Makers Bicycles and Bryson City Bicycles were selected as two of the 253 listed…
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 16:25

Restoration and demolition planned at Elkmont

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Work is underway to demolish some buildings and restore others in the Elkmont Historic District of the Great Smoky Mountains…
Wednesday, 22 February 2017 15:16

Firefighters combat Cold Mountain Fire

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A human-caused fire estimated at 132 acres is burning in the Shining Rock Wilderness Area about 20 miles south of…
Wednesday, 08 February 2017 17:19

Fire review underway in the Smokies

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A team of fire experts is assembling at Great Smoky Mountains National Park to conduct a review of the 2016…
Wednesday, 08 February 2017 17:09

Haywood Waterways recognizes water champions

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Haywood’s biggest water champions of 2016 have been recognized by the Haywood Waterways Association, highlighting accomplishments from youth education to…
Wednesday, 08 February 2017 17:09

New easements conserve hundreds of acres

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More than 340 acres in Jackson and Cherokee counties have been conserved, thanks to conservation easements through Mainspring Conservation Trust.
Wednesday, 01 February 2017 16:20

Drought on the retreat

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A week of rainy weather put drought on the retreat, with the classification of extreme drought absent from North Carolina…
Wednesday, 01 February 2017 16:18

Grant to help kids explore the Great Smokies

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A $20,000 Google Field Trip Days grant will help the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont give more kids and…
Wednesday, 25 January 2017 16:48

Winter storm causes road closures

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Two U.S. Forest Service roads in Madison County have been closed for safety reasons,
Wednesday, 25 January 2017 16:41

Waynesville Rec Center breaks records

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A record 149,600 visits were recorded at the Waynesville Recreation Center in 2016, busting the previous record of 149,574 set…
Wednesday, 25 January 2017 16:40

Wildlife refuge lands grant

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The increasing number of wildlife requiring aid in Western North Carolina will benefit from a $5,000 grant that the N.C.…
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 17:04

Smokies sets new visitation record

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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park reeled in 11.3 million visitors in 2016, a 5.6 percent increase over the previous…
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 17:03

Haywood Gleaners logs 30,000 pounds of produce donations

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Fifteen tons of food that would otherwise have gone to waste found their way to hungry mouths in 2016, thanks…
Wednesday, 11 January 2017 16:57

Harrah’s recognized for environmental policies

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Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort earned recognition for reducing its environmental impact when Green Key Global bestowed it a 4-Key rating…
Wednesday, 11 January 2017 16:55

Drought severity lessens in WNC

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Wet weather over the past week has put a dent in the severity of drought in Western North Carolina. 
A public hearing seeking input on this year’s round of proposals from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will be held…
Wednesday, 11 January 2017 16:50

Hikers rescued after three days in the woods

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A day hike in the Shining Rock Wilderness Area of the Pisgah National Forest turned into a days-long ordeal culminating…
Wednesday, 04 January 2017 16:24

Cattle working equipment available for community use

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New cattle working equipment will soon be available for community use in Swain and Jackson counties.
Wednesday, 04 January 2017 16:24

Red wolf killed in wildlife refuge

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A reward of $5,000 is being offered in the case of a red wolf that was shot and killed around…
Wednesday, 04 January 2017 16:20

Three dead in Smokies plane crash

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Three people have died in a plane crash that occurred Monday, Dec. 26, in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.…
Wednesday, 04 January 2017 16:18

Trout restoration project coming to Cataloochee

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A Smokies biologist will give a glimpse of plans for a brook trout restoration project in the Great Smoky Mountains…
For those who love the outdoors, it’s not hard to list the reasons why Western North Carolina is a spectacular…
Wednesday, 28 December 2016 17:03

Smokies trails reopen after fire

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Seven trails and one road that have been closed since the Chimney Tops 2 Fire are now open in the…
Wednesday, 28 December 2016 17:03

Campfire ban lifted in the Smokies

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Campfires are now legal in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for the first time since Nov. 15.
Wednesday, 28 December 2016 16:57

Former plant site now part of state forest

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More than 30 years after the first piece of property was donated toward the creation of DuPont State Recreational Forest,…
Environmental quality projects in Western North Carolina will get a boost thanks to grants from the Duke Energy Foundation, whose…
Wednesday, 21 December 2016 15:53

Improvements coming to Massey Branch Access

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Major reconstruction is underway at the Massey Branch Boat Access Area on Santeetlah Reservoir, meaning the area will be closed…