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out frSolar power is on the rise across the U.S., and a campaign recently launched in Western North Carolina is urging mountain folk to join the trend. 

“You can only do what you can afford to do, and now that it’s affordable, people are taking advantage of it and getting involved,” said Avram Friedman, executive director of The Canary Coalition, one of the two groups collaborating on the Solarize WNC campaign. “I think we’ve sort of reached that critical mass when things are turning around.”

Wednesday, 15 April 2015 15:57

Mapping project brings natural landmarks

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out landmarksVirtual views of some of America’s most iconic places are now online, with Chimney Rock, Grandfather Mountain and DuPont State Forest among their number. 

Wednesday, 15 April 2015 15:56

School partners with land trust for wetland conservation

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out itsabutterflyThough the wetland bordering U.S. 441 on the North Carolina-Georgia line isn’t that noteworthy on first glance, it’s an ecological treasure trove that Land Trust for the Little Tennessee is excited to have purchased. 

Wednesday, 15 April 2015 15:55

NOC rings in spring

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out nocflingA celebration of spring and its waterborne joys will be held April 24-26 at Nantahala Outdoor Center with a Spring Fling featuring the Hometown Throwdown freestyle kayaking event, Nantahala Racing Club Slalom Series kick-off, a vendor fair, live music and scheduled releases on the Nantahala.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015 15:52

Foundation pledges $600,000 for Parkway projects

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out parkwayThe Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation will spend $600,000 in 2015 on projects to benefit the Parkway and the plant and animal life calling it home. Every year, the Foundation collaborates with Parkway staff to come up with its list.

Wednesday, 08 April 2015 13:54

Teacher scholarships available for nature summit

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out kidsnatureApplications are open for teachers looking to attend the 2015 Family Nature Summit, based in Lake Junaluska.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015 16:11

Family Nature Summit comes to Lake J

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out lakejEach year, the Family Nature Summit is held in some part of the country known for its special beauty and recreation value. This year, it will be based in Lake Junaluska, June 27 to July 3.