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Wednesday, 28 January 2015 16:10

National park wraps up three years of stream mapping

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A three-year stream-mapping project in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is now complete, revealing new information about the park’s…
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 15:47

Hike the Dirty Dozen

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Looking for a new way to explore the wilderness? Check out the Dirty Dozen Wilderness Hike Challenge.
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 15:46

The A.T. just got a little longer

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The Appalachian Trail has a new official length. It increased by 3.9 miles from last year to 2,189.2 miles due…
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 15:45

Venus flytrap poachers caught

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Four men, ages 22 to 49, were arrested with 970 Venus flytraps in their possession earlier this month at the…
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 15:44

Access on Lake Emory gets better

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A new canoe portage around the Lake Emory dam is expected to open in Franklin sometime in late spring. 
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 15:43

Couple conserves private tract in Jackson

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A new conservation agreement finalized by the Land Trust for the Little Tennessee will protect 104 acres in Cullowhee from…
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 15:40

Smokies visitation tops 10 million

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For the first time in more than a decade, Great Smoky Mountains National Park saw more than 10 million visitors…
Projects in Haywood and Swain counties will benefit from an additional $4.5 million of Clean Water Management Trust Fund dollars…
Wednesday, 14 January 2015 15:16

Insect wars hoped to take a bite out of pests

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Pitting insect against insect, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission released predator beetles last month on the Sandy Mush Game Land,…
Wednesday, 14 January 2015 15:15

Bird count catalogues avian diversity in WNC

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Birders turned out throughout Western North Carolina — and the globe — to participate in an avian enthusiast’s favorite winter…
Outdoor Mission Camp in Maggie Valley, an affiliate of Youth for Christ USA, is being outfitted with a new kitchen…
Wednesday, 14 January 2015 15:11

Smokies makes must-see list of World Heritage sites

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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is part of a new online travel itinerary from the National Park Service that…
Wednesday, 07 January 2015 17:10

Blue Ridge Biofuels expands

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Blue Ridge Biofuels, an Asheville-based biodiesel company, is planning to expand to a new facility in Catawba County. 
Wednesday, 07 January 2015 17:06

Dig in to the white-collar side of farming

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Learn the business side of farming with the Appalachian Farm School, a pilot agricultural business training program for farmers in…
Wednesday, 07 January 2015 17:04

Haywood Waterways invites you to take the plunge

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There’s something alluring about plunging into icy midwinter water — enough so that it spawns polar plunge fundraisers for sundry…
Wednesday, 07 January 2015 17:03

Sparrowing at Kituwah

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A quest for sparrow sightings will commence during the morning of Jan. 14 at Kituwah, an area of about 300…
Wednesday, 07 January 2015 17:02

Land trust gets new executive director

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Land Trust for the Little Tennessee has a new executive director in Sharon Fouts Taylor, who will move into the…
A public hearing on proposed changes to hunting, fishing and wildlife management regulations will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday,…
Wednesday, 31 December 2014 16:19

Forest Stewards honored for conservation forestry

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A Cullowhee-based forest management group was recently recognized for its work by Root Cause, a regional initiative to raise awareness…
Wednesday, 31 December 2014 16:15

Haywood Waterways does good work

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Editor’s note: The following is a submission from Haywood Waterways Association reflecting on the organization’s work to protect and improve…
Wednesday, 31 December 2014 16:10

Roan Mountain viewsheds protected by land trust

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A 76-acre tract along the Appalachian Trail on Roan Mountain has been permanently protected thanks to the Southern Appalachian Highlands…
Wednesday, 24 December 2014 00:00

Seasonal road closures begin in national forest

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Seasonal road closures are starting to kick in for the U.S. Forest Service.  In the Appalachian Ranger District of Pisgah…
Wednesday, 24 December 2014 00:00

Land trust adds to wildlife corridor in Jackson County

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A new conservation easement in Jackson County will provide a critical wildlife corridor, connecting three other easements and located less…
Wednesday, 24 December 2014 00:00

Women-only ski lessons launch in January

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A six-session program aimed at female skiers and snowboarders will begin on Wednesday, Jan. 7, at Cataloochee Ski Area in…
Wednesday, 24 December 2014 00:00

Forest Service wins public engagement awards

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U.S. Forest Service employees in North Carolina recently received a handful of awards for their work in 2014, including a…
Wednesday, 24 December 2014 00:00

Nantahala Brewing supports the A.T.

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Nantahala Brewing Company in Bryson City celebrated the Christmas season with a generous donation to Friends of the Great Smoky…
Wednesday, 24 December 2014 00:00

Sounds in the night

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By Burt Kornegay • Contributing writer It was around 10:30 p.m., just as we were going to bed, when my wife…
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 16:26

Hunger initiative to build bridges with local agriculture

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A $10,000 grant will go toward building up food banks in Western North Carolina in partnership with agribusiness.  The award,…
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 16:25

Permaculture school launches in Asheville

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A 12-week permaculture school in Asheville will launch in 2015, teaching students how to create landscapes that maintain the health…
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 16:18

Comment call for red wolf rules

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A series of three public hearings in January will take public input on the future of protection for the reintroduced…
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 16:16

Internships for Smokies fans

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Five summer internship positions are available for undergraduates looking to get involved with Discover Life in America’s mission to learn…
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 16:15

Alum Cave Trail restoration to close trail in 2015

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Just after putting the final touches on the Chimney Tops Trail this month, the Trails Forever program in Great Smoky…
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 16:14

Congressional act could expand National Parks

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The National Parks System could see its largest expansion in decades after bipartisan legislation in Washington, D.C. was introduced proposing…
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 16:13

Aquatic invaders found in Macon County

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For the first time, gill lice have been found in brook trout in the Southern Appalachians. The parasitic crustaceans are…
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 16:12

Smokies Association finishes $3.4 million investment in N.C.

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The opening of the Swain County Visitor Center in downtown Bryson City this year represented the culmination of a $3.46…
Wednesday, 10 December 2014 16:04

WCU dorm gets LEED certification

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Western Carolina University’s Harrill Residence Hall has become the university’s second building to be LEED-certified for its comprehensive energy-efficient and…
Wednesday, 10 December 2014 16:03

Giving Tuesday nets Smokies $18,000

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Friends of the Smokies raised more than $18,000 for Great Smoky Mountains National Park on GivingTuesday, far more than its…
Wednesday, 10 December 2014 16:01

Smokies hires superintendent

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For the first time since Dale Ditmanson retired in January 2014, Great Smoky Mountains National Park has a permanent superintendent.…
Wednesday, 10 December 2014 16:00

Franklin greenway gets some extra acreage

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The Little Tennessee Greenway will offer users a bit more space to enjoy the outdoors following Dick and Melissa Jones’…
Wednesday, 10 December 2014 15:59

Graffiti for a good cause

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Ten high school students from the Haywood Community Learning Center recently armed themselves with colorful spray paint to mark the…
Wednesday, 10 December 2014 15:58

Tuscola takes all in FFA event

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Tuscola High School students dominated Future Farmers of America’s Land Judging competition this year. The competition tests students’ ability to…
Wednesday, 10 December 2014 15:56

Trail crews drill for backcountry emergencies

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Appalachian Trail license plate funds are helping to make the woods a little safer for the volunteers who maintain the…
College student interns at the Highlands Biological Station have been working since August on a broad range of research projects,…
Wednesday, 03 December 2014 16:24

Smokies considers ban on firewood

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A program on dangerous and destructive forest pests that hitchhike on firewood brought in from outside the region will be…
Wednesday, 03 December 2014 16:23

New Mountain-to-Sea Trail section now open at Waterrock Knob

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A new section of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail is now complete, a 2.2-mile section that roughly parallels the Blue Ridge Parkway…
Wednesday, 03 December 2014 16:21

Webster resident donates quilt to the Smokies

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After spending six months completing a full-size quilt, Webster resident Susanne Kerper of Jackson County donated the blanket to the…
Wednesday, 03 December 2014 16:21

Help for failing septic systems in Haywood

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Homeowners dealing with a failing septic system may be eligible for help through a pair of grants Haywood Waterways Association…
Wednesday, 03 December 2014 16:19

‘Tis the season for giving at Cataloochee Ski Area

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Cataloochee Ski Area continues its tradition of holiday giving with its 14th Annual Can-U-Ski Food and Coat Drive for Haywood…
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 16:50

Remember local farmers on Small Business Saturday

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Buy Haywood is encouraging shoppers to think local on Small Business Saturday — not just by shopping at local stores…