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Wednesday, 13 January 2016 16:47

Dairy farmers to vote on mandatory sales contribution

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Haywood County dairy farmers may soon be required to give a portion of their proceeds for dairy-related education, research and…
Wednesday, 13 January 2016 16:46

LTLT name change becomes official

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The Land Trust for the Little Tennessee started off the new year with a new name, officially launching its new…
Wednesday, 13 January 2016 16:35

Work beginning on access trails along the Chattooga

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Work has started on new trails and signs along the Chattooga River aimed at improving access for paddlers.
Wednesday, 13 January 2016 16:33

Learn to use a stand up paddleboard

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People wanting to get in on the stand up paddleboard craze will have a chance to learn the basics at…
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 15:55

New Mountains-to-Sea guide available

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A new trail guide covering the Balsams section of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail is out, meaning that the trail’s route through…
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 15:54

Program to prepare preschoolers for sports leagues

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A sports development league aiming to teach preschoolers the skills they’ll need to succeed in the world of athletics is…
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 15:53

Emissions from new vehicles decreasing, report says

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Vehicles are getting greener, according to a pair of reports recently released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  In model…
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 15:51

Plateau land trust conserves record number of acres

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With more than 400 acres of land conserved through purchase and conservation easements in 2015, the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust is…
Wednesday, 30 December 2015 17:15

New maps out for DuPont Forest

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People wanting to explore DuPont State Forest now have three new tools at their disposal to navigate through the forest’s…
Wednesday, 30 December 2015 16:44

DOT looking for N.C.’s best trails

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A new map to feature North Carolina’s most loved trails is now in the development stage, and the N.C. Department…
Wednesday, 30 December 2015 16:33

Funds for open spaces cut by half

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A federal fund that supports parks and open spaces across the nation has been spared, but was reduced to half…
Wednesday, 30 December 2015 16:30

N.C. national forests get new supervisor

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North Carolina has a new U.S. Forest Service forest supervisor in Allen Nicholas, who currently works as forest supervisor for…
Wednesday, 30 December 2015 16:29

Smokies plates raise $800K in 2015

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Sales of license plates supporting the Friends of the Smokies were strong in 2015, with sales in North Carolina and…
Wednesday, 30 December 2015 16:27

Appalachian Trail use breaks records in 2015

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The number of Appalachian Trail hikers passing through the trail’s “psychological midpoint” in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, hit an all-time…
Wednesday, 30 December 2015 15:09

Farmland conservation preserves views, lifeways in Madison

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A new conservation agreement on a 318-acre farm in Madison County through the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy will help the…
Wednesday, 23 December 2015 15:12

WNC health planning gets recognition

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A project aiming to help Western North Carolina communities consider health needs when doing long-term planning revealed that issues such…
Wednesday, 23 December 2015 15:11

Wildlife officer connects kids and vets to the outdoors

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A Macon County man was presented the 2015 Governor’s Award for Excellence, the highest honor a state employee can receive,…
Wednesday, 23 December 2015 15:10

New acreage added to Pisgah National Forest

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The Pisgah National Forest will see the addition of 178 acres in the Mills River area of Henderson County thanks…
Wednesday, 16 December 2015 17:16

Tobacco growers OK required contribution for tobacco research

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A referendum vote asking whether tobacco growers wanted to keep giving a portion of their sales to tobacco research and…
Wednesday, 16 December 2015 17:13

Step into the robot zoo

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An exhibit using mechanics to show how real animals work is open through Jan. 3 at the N.C. Arboretum in…
Wednesday, 16 December 2015 17:12

Appalachian Farm School returns

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The Appalachian Farm School at Southwestern Community College will return for a second year starting Jan. 12, thanks to a…
Wednesday, 16 December 2015 17:10

Groups agree on recommendation for forest plan

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A collection of environmental and recreation-oriented groups has come out with a recommendation for two new recreations areas to be…
Wednesday, 16 December 2015 17:07

State emissions control plan out for comment

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A state plan to comply with federal rules for controlling carbon emissions is now out for public comment, but the…
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 16:47

WCU shoreline study program lands grant

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A $483,000 National Park Service grant will allow Western Carolina University to map shoreline storm vulnerability in 12 costal parks…
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 16:47

Possible timber thinning project takes comment

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The U.S. Forest Service is considering a timber project on 117 acres of the Nantahala Ranger District of the Nantahala…
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 16:46

Fire ant quarantine expands to Macon and Graham counties

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A state quarantine to prevent the spread of the imported fire ant has expanded to include Macon and Graham counties,…
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 16:46

Restrictions in place for Staire Creek Trail

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Equestrians and bikers who enjoy the Staire Creek Trail in the Big Ivy Area of the Pisgah National Forest will…
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 16:43

Haywood stream cleanup logs big numbers

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Nearly two tons of trash were removed from Haywood County waterways this year thanks to Haywood Waterways Association’s Adopt-A-Stream Program. 
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 16:42

Great Smoky Mountains Association names new director

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The Great Smoky Mountains Association, a nonprofit that provides millions for visitor programs, conservation and special projects in the Great…
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 16:34

Solar farm comes to Bethel

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The agricultural community of Bethel now has a new type of farm in its midst — solar.  Visible from U.S.…
Wednesday, 02 December 2015 16:53

NC leaders balk at federal carbon control plan

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North Carolina has issued a draft plan to comply with federal carbon-control rules, but the plan falls short of federal…
Wednesday, 02 December 2015 16:51

Naturalist to give sneak peak at upcoming book

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Naturalist and historian George Ellison will preview his upcoming collection of essays, Literary Excursions, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9,…
Wednesday, 02 December 2015 16:50

Lawsuit claims Wildlife Service not doing enough for wolves

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A lawsuit alleging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is falling down on its job to protect the world’s only…
A rockslide has kept the 14-mile section of the Blue Ridge Parkway between Maggie Valley and Cherokee closed for a…
Wednesday, 02 December 2015 16:48

Meteors, stars and planets, oh my!

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Crisp wintry weather makes for perfect sky-watching weather, and the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute in Rosman is planning a pair…
Wednesday, 25 November 2015 17:24

License plate grants open for A.T. projects

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A total $30,000 in grants for Appalachian Trail related projects in North Carolina is up for grabs thanks to proceeds…
Wednesday, 25 November 2015 17:20

Parkway Foundation recognized for tourism contributions

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The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation was recently awarded the Tourism Excellence Award from by the N.C. Travel Industry Association.  “We’re…
Wednesday, 25 November 2015 17:19

Get outside for the holidays

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The Blue Ridge Parkway is supporting fresh air over shopping malls to launch the Christmas season, offering two excuses to…
Wednesday, 25 November 2015 17:16

Grant protects Haywood farm with easement

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The Glance Cove Farm in the Crabtree area of Haywood County will keep its agricultural character for a long, long…
Wednesday, 25 November 2015 17:15

Projects to close Parkway sections

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A pair of tunnel closures on the Blue Ridge Parkway will impact travel and trail access beginning Dec. 1 and…
Wednesday, 25 November 2015 17:14

Watch Santa practice his chimney technique

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Santa Claus will start training for the big day with rappels down Chimney Rock 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday,…
Wednesday, 25 November 2015 17:14

Rare salamander found in new area

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The rare green salamander had never been documented in the Highlands area before, but a September excursion to the Overflow…
Wednesday, 18 November 2015 17:26

Thanksgiving events planned at Fontana

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A week of fall fun will celebrate Thanksgiving at Fontana Village, with a schedule of events including hiking, hunting and…
Wednesday, 18 November 2015 17:25

Franklin wants help with bike and pedestrian planning

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A survey to find out what can be done to make walking and biking in Franklin easier and safer is…
Wednesday, 18 November 2015 17:25

Trout Unlimited donation will help Smokies trout

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Fish habitat and the brook trout populations in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park got a $19,000 boost thanks to…
Wednesday, 18 November 2015 17:17

Federal bill could change funding for outdoor rec projects

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If a bill recently introduced to Congress passes, a federal fund used to support parks and open spaces across the…
Wednesday, 18 November 2015 17:16

Former Congressman Taylor recognized for forestry career

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Former Congressman and Brevard resident Charles H. Taylor was recently named 2015 North Carolina Tree Farmer of the Year by…
Wednesday, 18 November 2015 17:15

Ski season starts at Cataloochee

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Cataloochee Ski Area opened for the winter last weekend, kicking off the first run of the season at 8:30 a.m.…
In response to public opposition to its proposed 45-mile Foothills Transmission Line, Duke Energy has settled on a revised plan…