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Cloud cover keeps the summer morning cool as Mark Hopey makes the rounds below Cowee Mound. By 8:30 a.m., he and his two wildlife technicians have already been working at the Franklin-area site for nearly three hours, making hay while the sun doesn’t shine — or at least doesn’t shine with the heat it will gather soon.  Hopey glances down a small trail leading to a…
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 17:39

Happy birthday, Smokey Bear

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Smokey Bear will celebrate his 71st birthday with a fun-filled day at the Cradle of Forestry in America 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6.
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 17:37

High schoolers conquer the Rockies

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After biking more than 300 miles through the Rocky Mountains, the group of five high schoolers involved in Western Carolina University’s Project Discovery program had accumulated a long list of firsts. 
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 17:36

The helpful side of snakes

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Snakes may be the creatures most likely to elicit shouts of fear, but a lecture 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, at the Highlands Nature Center will show the useful side of venomous snakes. 
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 17:34

Fatalities prompt caution when visiting waterfalls

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Two fatalities related to waterfalls occurred in the Pisgah National Forest last week.
Petitions bearing nearly half a million signatures urging protection of the endangered red wolf made their way to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service last week, about one year after the USFWS announced it would suspend a program reintroducing red wolves to the wild.
Wednesday, 13 July 2016 15:25

LEGO masterpieces celebrate the natural world

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Nature-inspired LEGO creations will add an extra incentive to hit up the N.C. Arboretum the next few months, with the exhibit — called “Nature Connects: Art with LEGO Bricks” — featuring more than 370,000 bricks’ worth of creativity. 
Wednesday, 27 April 2016 00:00

Farmers Market news

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The mountains are greening, the gardens are growing and farmers market season is beginning. Markets around the region are starting up, offering up fresh food, locally made products and community atmosphere.