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Wednesday, 16 April 2014 00:00

Outdoors roundup

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Green up the Mountains with Sylva race April 26

The Greening up the Mountains Annual 5K Race will take place 9 a.m., Saturday, April 26, in Sylva, with day-of registration beginning 8 a.m. The route begins at Mark Watson Park and is held in conjunction with the annual Greening up the Mountains street festival.

Registration costs $15 through April 24 and is $20 on race day, with a limited number of T-shirts available for $10. Awards will be given to overall male and female winners and the top three male and female age group winners. 

Register at,, or via registration forms available at the Jackson County Recreation Center. 


Fun run for a cause in downtown Waynesville 

A 5K and fun run will step off at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, April 26, in Waynesville to support Kids Advocacy Resource Effort, or KARE.

The route will begin at the Badcock parking lot on Main Street and go toward the Waynesville Inn Resort and return to Badcock. The fun run starts at 8:30 a.m. and the 5K at 9 a.m.

Winners of each age division will receive medals, as will every child who participates in the fun run. Registration is $20 for adults and $10 for children, and the cost includes a T-shirt — as long as supplies last — race bib and post-race refreshments.

KARE is a nonprofit that works to end child abuse and neglect through advocacy, education and support. Sponsored by Jack Bishop, Edward Jones, City Electric Supply and Strains of Music. Register online at



Public comment sought in forest plan

The U.S. Forest Service is moving into the next phase of revising the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests Land and Resource Management Plan, and it’s looking for public comment as it gets ready to prepare an environmental impact statement. 

Comments must be received by April 28. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Go native for growing season 

Plant-lovers are invited to shop the Corneille Bryan Native Garden at Lake Junaluska in Haywood County during their annual plant sale, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 26. Native plants of all kinds will be on sale at the top of the garden where Country Road joins Ivey Lane. 828.778.5938. 


Beginner’s fly fishing clinics given in Jackson

A clinic through the Jackson County Parks & Recreation Department will give fly fishing wannabes the know-how they’ll need to get started. The clinic, offered 4 to 6 p.m. at the recreation center in Cullowhee May 31 and at the Cashiers/Glenville Recreation Center on June 7, will cover the basics of fly-fishing, including equipment, casting techniques, knot-tying, and basic aquatic entomology.

Registration is open during business hours April 21 to May 16 at both recreation centers. The clinics are sponsored by Hooker’s Fly and Guide Service and Brookings’ Cashiers Village Anglers. $20 per person. 828.631.2020.  


Native trees explained at Nature Center

Arbor Day will get its due with a Living with Trees tour, guided by horticulturist Ezra Gardiner from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, April 25, at Highlands Nature Center,

Gardiner will teach participants how to identify and care for some noteworthy tree species of the Highlands Plateau, as well as how to use these species in plantings.

Everyone who attends the tour will leave with a native tree to plant. RSVP to Gardiner at 828.526.0188 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Take a bird walk in Standing Indian

John and Cathy Sill will lead a bird walk in the Standing Indian area of Nantahala National Forest on Saturday, April 26, sponsored by the Franklin Bird Club. The group will meet at 8 a.m. in the Kmart parking lot, located in Westgate Plaza in Franklin, to carpool. They will return by noon. RSVP to 828.524.5234. 


Beginning gardeners invited to join in on growing season

A beginning gardening workshop at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at Cullowhee Community Garden will cover a variety of topics, including soil, starting seeds, direct seeing versus transplanting, weed maintenance, fertilization and mulches. Questions are encouraged. The workshop is free and registration is not required. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; 828.586.8994;


NOC rings in the spring

Nantahala Outdoor Center will host its Spring Fling event April 25-26 in the Nantahala Gorge.

Boat demos, the Boater Cross race, World Kayak’s Hometown Throwdown, gear vendors, live music and local brews will all be part of the festivities.

Special white water releases of the Cascades and Upper Nantahala will give paddlers looking for rugged and steep creek boating some fun as well. The releases will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day with 250 cubic feet per second filling the riverbed.


New boat ramps on Glenville Lake

Boaters partial to Glenville Lake, also known as Thorpe Lake, will have two new access points this season. The lake, located in Jackson County, is a popular bass fishing spot. 

• The Powerhouse Boating Access area at 1371 Pine Creek Rd. has a 15-foot boat ramp and 100-foot floating boat dock.

• The Pine Creek Boating Access Area at 2799 Pine Creek Rd., located 1 mile west of Powerhouse access area, features two 15-foot boat ramps. Also, at the southern end of Pine Creek access area is a new 80-foot floating boat dock next to a new ramp, and the north end of the access area features a new 100-foot boat dock aligned to an existing ramp. 

Duke Power will install vault toilets at both boating access areas this summer. The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission paid for construction through funding from motorboat registration receipts and from Sport Fish Restoration Program funds.

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