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Wednesday, 25 March 2015 16:01

Sales strong for Smokies plates

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Friends of the Smokies got its largest-ever fourth-quarter check from sales of the Smokies bear license plate, accruing $105,080 for…
Wednesday, 25 March 2015 15:59

WNC teens strut environmental know-how

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Teams of middle and high school students from across Western North Carolina went head-to-head over their knowledge of environmental science…
By Michael Beadle It’s 26 degrees on a November morning, and Jamie Tidmore has just finished another whitewater kayaking run…
Wednesday, 18 March 2015 16:22

AT lay-over, Fontana Dam knighted as official trail town

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Hiker Haze Weekend will welcome the season’s first Appalachian Trail thru-hikers at Fontana Village Resort March 25-26, along with a…
Wednesday, 18 March 2015 16:21

WNC air quality to be unpacked

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The Annual Ozone Season Kickoff will unveil the state of Western North Carolina’s air quality in 2014 with a program…
Wednesday, 18 March 2015 16:09

Nature for the whole family

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By Danny Bernstein • Guest columnist When I first thought about taking my granddaughter, Hannah, on an outdoor experience, I looked…
Wednesday, 18 March 2015 16:08

Nation’s best paddlers to compete at NOC

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The Nantahala Racing Club’s Whitewater U.S. Open will keep the river churning at Nantahala Outdoor Center March 27-29.
Wednesday, 18 March 2015 16:07

Prescribed burn planned for Cataloochee

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A 550-acre prescribed burn will start soon near Cataloochee Valley in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Wednesday, 11 March 2015 15:36

Public greenhouse space up for grabs in Haywood

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Gardeners can get a head start on the growing season by renting greenhouse space for their seed trays at the…
Wednesday, 11 March 2015 15:35

Celebrate the diversity of the Smokies

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The public is invited to mingle with researchers from around the world March 19-21 during the annual conference of Discover…
Wednesday, 11 March 2015 15:34

Jump on the solar train with Solarize WNC

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A campaign to introduce homeowners and businesses to the option of solar energy is underway in Jackson, Haywood, Macon and…
Wednesday, 11 March 2015 15:33

Renowned nature photographer to talk in Sylva

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Les Saucier, a professional nature photographer, will speak at the Sylva Photo Club at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 14, at…
A U.S. Forest Service project aiming to improve wildlife habitat and forest health will allow logging, fire, thinning and other…
Wednesday, 11 March 2015 15:30

WNC gear builders to show their stuff

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Outdoor lovers will get a chance to see some of the best locally made gear during Outdoor Gear Builders of…
Wednesday, 11 March 2015 15:28

Brevard company recognized in international competition

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Brevard-based SylvanSport has been named a finalist in the internationally renowned Edison Awards for its product GO, a lightweight pull-behind…
Wednesday, 11 March 2015 15:26

Waynesville pursues bike-friendly roads

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Big white stencils of helmeted bikers now adorn a growing number of streets throughout Waynesville.
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 14:56

WNC conservationists honored

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Several Western North Carolina conservationists earned a spot in Wild South’s annual list of nominees for the Roosevelt-Ashe Conservation Awards,…
A new invasive plant species is springing up in moist, nutrient-rich soils across eastern North America and has been spotted…
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 14:48

Smokies visitation sets records

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January was a record-setting month for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park with 351,670 visitors, achieving a lifetime visitation of…
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 14:46

WNC farmers expand business through grants

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Farmers in Western North Carolina will branch out with new crops and alternative growing methods, thanks to 31 grants totaling…
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 14:44

Fees increase at Glenville campground

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For the first time in more than 18 years, fees at the Ralph J. Andrews Campground on Lake Glenville, which…
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 14:43

Waynesville continues Tree City USA tradition

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Waynesville was named a 2014 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, keeping running a streak that began in…
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 15:06

Weigh in on Cold Mountain Game Land management plans

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The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is working on a plan to guide management at the Cold Mountain Game Land in…
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 15:05

Buy Haywood guide seeks new listings

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An agritourism guide for Haywood County is looking for new listings to help visitors and locals alike explore everything from…
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 15:04

Volunteers sought to adopt tree plot

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Smokies rangers are looking for tree-lovers who want to try their hand at science to adopt a tree monitoring plot…
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 15:02

WCU launches outdoor speaker series

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A speaker series featuring outdoor adventurers at Western Carolina University will kick off at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, with…
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 15:01

Hike explores Smokemont

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The season’s first hike in Friends of the Smokies’ “Classic Hikes of the Smokies” series will explore Smokemont Loop Trail…
As Paul Carlson tooled out of downtown Franklin, houses faded into rolling hayfields, and the Little Tennessee River soon took…
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 16:12

State bill seeks to strike down fracking rules

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Bills to get rid of the oil and gas extraction rules developed by the N.C. Mining and Energy Commission have…
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 16:10

N.C. Wildlife Federation wins $30K grant

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A $30,000 grant from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation will help the N.C. Wildlife Federation further its mission of conserving…
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 16:09

New Satulah trail in the works

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Learn about the Highland Plateau Greenway’s vision to build a public trail to the top of Satulah Mountain at a…
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 16:08

Game on (the table) at fundraising dinner

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An annual Wild Game Dinner hosted by the Wildlife Club at Haywood Community College will serve up a meal of…
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 16:06

Mark your calendar for Spring

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The weather is wintry, but spring is just around the corner. Mark your calendar for some of these upcoming springtime…
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 16:01

Database to showcase purveyors wood and forestry products

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A “buy local” directory for wood-related products from Western North Carolina is looking for more businesses, artisans and organizations to…
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 15:41

Celebrate winter Smoky style

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Maggie Valley’s inaugural WinterFest Smoky Style will celebrate the best of the cold-weather season 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday,…
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 15:32

Gateway to the Smokies Half Marathon

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Runners will take to the streets of downtown Waynesville as the inaugural Gateway to the Smokies Half Marathon starts from…
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 15:31

HCC nabs accreditation from Society of American Foresters

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Haywood Community College just became the only two-year community college in North Carolina to offer a forest management technology program…
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 15:30

Learn to tread lightly at Wilderness Skills Institute

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Registration is now open for the fifth Wilderness Skills Institute, a training program for Wilderness stewardship and management, held at…
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 15:28

Polar Plunge lands cash for waterway education

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Lake Junaluska was only 39 degrees on Jan. 31, but 120 people still braved the cold to participate in Haywood…
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 15:27

Smokies invites you to meet new superintendent

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Two open houses this month will offer the chance to meet and greet the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Superintendent,…
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 16:01

Up close with the Smokies

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The Experience Your Smokies program is looking for applicants who want to get an insider’s look at park operations while…
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 16:00

Two areas added to potential wilderness inventory

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Two potential candidates for wilderness designation in the Pisgah and Nantahala national forests were accidentally left off a master list…
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 15:59

Wildlife Commission says no more red wolves

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The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has publicly denounced the red wolf reintroduction in coastal counties, calling for the red wolves…
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 15:58

Little Sandy Mush Bald slopes purchased for nature preserve

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The northern slopes of Little Sandy Mush Bald, an iconic view for those who live in the coves and farms…
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 15:57

Arboretum to memorialize landscaping great

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The father of American landscape architecture will soon be memorialized at the North Carolina Arboretum.
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 15:56

Learn from Leopold

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Aldo Leopold and his writings are cornerstones of modern environmental ethic, and a program teaching how to use his work…
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 16:14

New museum to celebrate Fontana Dam’s 70th

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A community museum and learning center at Fontana Village along Fontana Lake will commemorate the 70th anniversary of power production…
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 16:13

More land conserved around Waterrock Knob

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A 10-acre tract along the Blue Ridge Parkway and a new section of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail in Jackson County will…
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 16:12

Grant allows kids hiking trails to expand

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Trail adventures for kids will expand in North Carolina over the coming years, thanks to a $921,000 grant from the…