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Wednesday, 10 June 2015 17:44

A.T. plates pass $1 million milestone

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It’s official: North Carolina Appalachian Trail license plates sales have crossed the $1 million mark.
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 17:43

Parkway gets its own quarter design

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The Blue Ridge Parkway will take its place on U.S. currency with a special quarter design this summer, as part…
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 17:40

Parkway programs start up for summer

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A ranger-guided hike along the Blue Ridge Parkway this Friday will mark the beginning of summer for the high-elevation road…
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 16:51

Farmers market season launches

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Growing season is upon us, and that means farmers of all stripes are harvesting produce to sell. Farmers markets around…
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 16:11

Family Nature Summit comes to Lake J

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Each year, the Family Nature Summit is held in some part of the country known for its special beauty and…
Wednesday, 03 June 2015 16:33

Volunteers sought to maintain trails

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Volunteers willing to work hard in the backcountry are sought to form this year’s Smokies Wilderness Elite Appalachian Trail Crew,…
Wednesday, 03 June 2015 16:29

Research gives hope for bat survival

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The release of 150 bats in Hannibal, Missouri, May 18 marked a milestone for the fight against white-nose syndrome, a…
Wednesday, 03 June 2015 16:27

Fly fishing museum headed for grand opening

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The Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians will hold its grand opening Saturday, June 6, in Cherokee, marking a…
Wednesday, 03 June 2015 16:27

Mast General sales to go toward conservation

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Purchases at Waynesville’s Mast General Store Saturday, June 6, will help out with land conservation.  For that day, the store…
Wednesday, 03 June 2015 16:26

New rec area open on Lake Glenville

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The Pines Recreation Area on Lake Glenville is now open, featuring a new swimming beach, fishing pier, picnic area, signage,…
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 16:08

WNC conservationists get recognition

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Western North Carolina was well represented in the round of annual conservation awards bestowed by the state’s 24 land trusts. …
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 16:07

Give the A.T. some love

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A coalition of trail-loving organizations will join forces to celebrate National Trails Day with an opportunity to work on the…
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 15:58

Draft plan published on Chattooga River access changes

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A draft plan for sustainable river access on the upper segment of the Chattooga Wild and Scenic River is now…
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 15:56

Smokies trails reopened following bear incident

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The Mt. Le Conte Backcountry Shelter and trails to the popular Cliff Tops area have re-opened following closure due to…
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 15:55

Solarize seeing success

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The Solarize WNC program — an effort to connect people interested in converting to solar energy with the resources to…
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 15:54

Coal on the outs at Asheville plant

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Coal will no longer be the cornerstone of power production in Asheville when Duke Energy completes a newly announced $1.1…
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 15:20

Creek clean-up day scheduled in Haywood

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First Maggie Valley Creek clean is May 30 The inaugural Maggie Valley Community Creek Clean will take place at 10…
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 15:17

Raptor presentation coming to Highlands

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One of the Southeast’s premier raptor presentations, “Wings to Soar,” will bring birds of prey to the old gym of…
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 15:16

Carnivorous plants exhibit opens at Arboretum

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The fascinating and complex world of carnivorous plants is the subject of the newest exhibit at the N.C. Arboretum in…
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 15:15

Soil Exhibit in Bryson City

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The Swain Soil and Water Conservation District is in the process of creating a mobile, walk-through exhibit focusing on soil…
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 15:14

Important tracts preserved by SAHC

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Two tracts of land with headwater streams have been placed in conservation easements with the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy. The…
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 15:13

Rain barrels for sale by HWA

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Haywood Waterways Association and Haywood Cooperative Extension Service have 55-gallon rain barrels for sale.
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 17:03

Trail work at Alum Cave results in temporary closures

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A two-year trail restoration project began this week on Alum Cave Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, meaning…
Backpackers in several popular areas of Pisgah National Forest are now required to use bear canisters when staying overnight, following…
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 17:00

Park gets new deputy superintendent

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With Superintendent Cassius Cash now settled into his new role, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park has a permanent deputy…
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 16:55

Parkway weather now online

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A new website aims to help Blue Ridge Parkway visitors better plan their attire for a day in the high…
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 16:00

Survival skills conference to be held in Haywood

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Heritage Life Skills, a fourth-year event featuring classes in survivalist cooking, self-defense and food production skills is coming up May…
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 15:54

Fly-fishing museum opening delayed

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The grand opening of the Fly-Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians in Cherokee, originally intended for May 1, has been…
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 15:16

Extention office seeks gardens for tour

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The Haywood County Cooperative Extension Service is seeking gardens to include in its 2016 Haywood County Garden Tour. Anyone who…
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 15:15

Merrell Adventure race is family-friendly

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The Merrell Adventure 5K Dash and 1K Fun Run will be held Saturday, May 23, along the Nantahala River near…
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 15:14

Conservation groups plan river float trip

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A float trip down the Little Tennessee River on May 16 is being sponsored by two land conservation organizations, the…
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 15:13

Ducks on the Tuck helps New Century Scholars

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Why adopt a tiny rubber duck that’ll soon be floating down the Tuckasegee River in Swain County?
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 17:03

Land conservation organization restores next-door land

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A contaminated property next to Land Trust for the Little Tennesse’s office in Franklin could have a brighter future now…
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 16:58

Runners take the streets in Waynesville half marathon

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Close to 175 people tackled the inaugural Gateway to the Smokies Half Marathon in Waynesville this weekend, coming from as…
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 16:57

Break-ins reported along the Parkway

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A rash of break-ins to cars parked along the Blue Ridge Parkway on its way through Asheville has rangers asking…
Wednesday, 29 April 2015 02:54

Falconer to share the wonders of birds of prey

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A discussion on falconry and the importance of birds of prey to a healthy ecosystem — as well as a…
Wednesday, 29 April 2015 02:51

Excursion series offers a full gamut of activities

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The Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust will kick off its annual lineup of eco tours to ecologically important areas throughout the region…
Wednesday, 29 April 2015 02:41

Coveted viewing slots for Smokies firefly show to go live

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The time is drawing near for synchronous fireflies to once more light up the night in the Smokies, and the…
Wednesday, 29 April 2015 02:39

National forest sites open for spring

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With warmer weather comes the opening of a lengthy list of campgrounds and recreation sites in the Nantahala and Pisgah…
Wednesday, 22 April 2015 16:03

Local food guide now available

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A new edition of Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project’s Local Food Guide is out in time for the spring growing season. …
Wednesday, 22 April 2015 16:02

Grant brings real-life science to classrooms

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A $500 grant from the N.C. Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts’ Auxiliary will mean some hands-on science for…
Wednesday, 22 April 2015 16:02

Paul Carlson honored for conservation work

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Paul Carlson of Land Trust for the Little Tennessee was named Outstanding Conservationist in the 2015 Roosevelt-Ashe awards given out…
Wednesday, 22 April 2015 15:58

Pancakes popular with AT hikers

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Appalachian Trail hikers in search of a satisfying meal found it at the First Baptist Church of Franklin this year…
Wednesday, 22 April 2015 15:55

Jackson fifth graders get a conservation education

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More than 200 fifth graders from Jackson County Schools spent two days learning about natural resources at East LaPorte Recreation…
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 16:01

Swain students illustrate wetlands

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Swain County students got creative on the theme “Wetlands are Wonderful” this spring, sending in their bookmark designs for a…
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 16:00

Water ordinance nabs Jackson state award

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Jackson County snagged one of eight statewide awards given to individuals and organizations that protect public drinking water sources.  The…
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 15:59

WNC towns snag grants for bike route, pedestrian planning

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The towns of Franklin and Canton were among 10 municipalities across the state to win a grant for bicycle and…
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 15:59

Joyce Kilmer reroute planned for Benton McKaye Trail

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The Benton McKaye Trail Association recently completed a major reroute of the trail’s path through the Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness.
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 15:57

Mapping project brings natural landmarks

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Virtual views of some of America’s most iconic places are now online, with Chimney Rock, Grandfather Mountain and DuPont State…