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out frRods, reels, and wader-clad teenagers dotted Big East Fork’s meander to Lake Logan through the warm summer mornings last week, a picture of mountain tranquility framed between green-shrouded banks backlit by the mountain-bordered reservoir downstream.

“It’s pretty relaxing,” said Gabby Dilemme, 14, of Brevard. The rod she grasped was her own, an instrument she’s used before when fishing with friends. But at Rivercourse, the annual four-day fly fishing and conservation camp organized by N.C. Trout Unlimited, she was hoping to dig a little deeper into the sport.

Sunday, 03 July 2016 15:59

Explore the gardens of Lake J

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out lakejFind the hidden gardens of Lake Junaluska with a tour slated for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 2.

Wednesday, 29 June 2016 14:24

Explore Highlands’ land conservation history

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out highlandsA guided hike through one of the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust’s most pivotal land conservation projects will mark the property’s 20th anniversary of protection on Tuesday, July 5. 

Wednesday, 29 June 2016 14:23

Severe drought comes to WNC

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out droughtFor the first time since September, severe drought is affecting North Carolina — including portions of Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Transylvania counties. 

Wednesday, 29 June 2016 14:22

Greenway bridge open in Jackson

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out greenwayA new bridge allowing access to the Jackson County greenway’s terminus at Locust Creek is now open to pedestrians, marking the end of a years-long project.

Wednesday, 29 June 2016 14:20

Land conserved on Cold Mountain

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out rattlesnakeThe Cold Mountain Game Lands in Haywood County will likely get larger following a 162-acre purchase by the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016 15:08

New water slide is higher, faster

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out recslideA new slide has been installed at the water park at the Waynesville Recreation Center.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016 15:06

Arboretum works on pollinator hospitality

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out arboretumThe nation holds only seven Bee Campus USA gardens, and now the N.C. Arboretum in Asheville is one of them.

Wednesday, 01 June 2016 16:03

Votes needed to restore Clingmans Dome Tower

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out clingmansA campaign to fix up an iconic symbol of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park needs support from park lovers — in the form of daily online votes through Tuesday, July 5.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016 00:00

Farmers Market news

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out farmersmarketsThe 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.