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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…
Wednesday, 11 November 2015 16:48

Outdoor camp celebrates its friends

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A celebration for friends of Outdoor Mission Camp, based in Maggie Valley, will be held 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12,…
Wednesday, 11 November 2015 16:45

N.C. Arboretum lights up for the holidays

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More than 200,000 LED lights will illuminate the gardens of the N.C. Arboretum starting Nov. 20 for the second annual…
Thursday, 05 November 2015 18:39

Information sought in national forest vandalism

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Vandalism in the Nantahala National Forest has prompted the U.S. Forest Service to offer a monetary reward for information about…
Wednesday, 04 November 2015 16:37

New guides demystify elk viewing, road biking in Haywood

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A pair of new guides to the outdoors in Haywood County, produced by the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority, will…
Wednesday, 04 November 2015 15:16

Haywood students to get creative with trash

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A competition challenging students to take their best stab at trash sculpture aims to get Haywood County teens thinking about…
Wednesday, 04 November 2015 15:14

Take a guided hike to Chimney Tops with its trail engineer

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A strenuous hike to one of the most unique peaks in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will also include…
Wednesday, 04 November 2015 15:12

Tuck accesses to close for construction

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The Barkers Creek and Locust Creek River access points in Jackson County will close over for construction over the coming…
Wednesday, 04 November 2015 15:10

WNC’s biggest bear

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One of the most unique leaf-looking experiences in the country — the Shadow of the Bear — is now visible…
Wednesday, 04 November 2015 15:09

Game land management plans available online

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Final versions of management plans for seven North Carolina game lands, including Sandy Mush Game Lands in Madison and Buncombe…
Wednesday, 04 November 2015 15:06

New Bryson City fishing pier finds easy popularity

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A handicapped-accessible fishing pier along the Tuckasegee River in downtown Bryson City was dedicated this fall. It is located beside…
Wednesday, 28 October 2015 15:26

The Eagle Lady says goodbye to Blue Ridge School

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Nearly 200 people gathered at Blue Ridge School this month to hear a parting presentation from Doris Mager, known around…
Wednesday, 28 October 2015 15:23

Long absent lake sturgeon returned to North Carolina

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Absent for more than half a century, lake sturgeon returned to North Carolina waters as more than 3,000 fish were…
Wednesday, 28 October 2015 15:21

Nominees sought for new Forest Service committee

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A new committee focused on revisiting recreation fees in national forests in 13 southern states and Puerto Rico is seeking…
Wednesday, 28 October 2015 15:21

Forest Management Plan informational meetings scheduled

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A pair of public meetings outlining the next steps of the plan revision process for the Nantahala and Pisgah national…
Wednesday, 28 October 2015 15:20

Be bear aware

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It’s a scarce year for the fall foods such as acorns and grapes that bears depend on to prepare for…
Wednesday, 28 October 2015 15:18

Bat week in the park

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It’s bat week in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and park rangers are celebrating by setting up bat information…
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 16:49

Little T basin honored for aquatic diversity

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The Little Tennessee River Basin got national attention last week when it was named the first Native Fish Conservation Area…
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 16:40

Renovations at Max Patch Pond complete

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Anglers at Max Patch Pond have better fishing opportunities now that the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the U.S. Forest…