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Wednesday, 23 April 2014 00:00

Outdoors roundup

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Tree Assistance Program sign-up open

The Tree Assistance Program, a national program to help orchardists and nursery tree growers recover from natural disasters, is now open for sign-up. The program gives money to growers to replant or rehabilitate trees, bushes and vines damaged from natural disasters occurring on or before Oct. 1, 2011.

Call the Haywood County Farm Service Agency office at 828.456.3557 or look online at or 


Rain barrel workshop rescheduled

A rain barrel workshop is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., April 29. This event was originally scheduled for April 22. 

The two-hour program at the Agricultural Service Center, 589 Raccoon Rd. in Waynesville, will teach participants how to build a rain barrel, a tool that captures rainwater for uses such as watering gardens while reducing pollution from stormwater runoff. All participants leave with one complete rain barrel. RSVP to Haywood Waterways at 828.476.4667 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . $50. 


Town mulch sale planned in Waynesville

Spring mulching will get a jumpstart with Waynesville’s annual mulch sale, 8 a.m. to noon, May 1 to 3 and May 8 to 10. Town workers will be on hand to load vehicles with a wheel loader. State regulations require that loads be covered. The event will be canceled in the case of wet weather. Prices range from $10 per load of mulch or compost for a regular pickup trunk or trailer to $200 per tandem truckload of mulch. Tandem and roll-off trucks will only be allowed May 8 to 10. Depending on size, trailers will incur an additional $10 to $20 fee. Payments must be made with cash or check. 

The event will take place at the town yard waste landfill off Bible Baptist Drive, which branches off from Russ Avenue near the bypass. Go straight through the gate at the end of Bible Baptist Drive and see the attendant. 828.456.3706. 


Rodents and roadside trash discussed at WCU 

A presentation on roadside trash and its implications for small mammals will be delivered at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center.

Patrick Brannon, director of the Highlands Nature Center at the Highlands Biological Station, will talk about research he and his students have conducted, involving several years of searching roadsides for bottles containing remains of small rodents such as shrews, mice and voles. Brannon will discuss using discarded bottles as a technique for surveying small mammals and determining their distribution, and the implications of the trash on animal mortality.

Free. 828.227.7129.


Tour Cashiers from a bicycle 

Registration is now open for the Tour de Cashiers bike ride, scheduled for Saturday, May 3. A full slate of rides is available, including a quarter century, metric century, century and Blue Ridge Double. Routes offer views of mountain lakes, rugged gorges, wildflowers and blooming shrubs. Registration is $45 to $55 for individual events or $75 to $95 for the Blue Ridge Double. All rides depart at the Village Green Commons on Frank Allen Road at 9 a.m.

Register at 

 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 828.743.5191. 


Summer camp to be a wild experience

Rising seventh graders will have a chance to spend a week partaking in all things outdoors this summer, from July 28 to Aug. 1. The Jackson Soil and Water Conservation District is once again holding Camp WILD — which stands for wilderness, investigating, learning and discovery — for students who will be entering seventh grade this fall. Kids should expect to have fun — the week includes a night of camping — but also to learn about topics as diverse as soils, alternative energy, forestry, wildlife and aquatics. $25 with scholarships provided on an as-needed basis. Space limited to first 20 applicants. Jane Fitzgerald, 828.586.5465 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Migratory birds the stars of Cradle event

A birding walk, a live raptor program, a bird survey demonstration and bird-related crafts will all be part of the Cradle of Forestry’s celebration of Migratory Bird Day, at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 26.

$5, admission which includes access to the Forest Discovery Center and the Adventure Zone, an activity designed to reach children with autism and engage young families. Lunch available for purchase from Hobnob at the Cradle.

828.877.3130 or


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. 


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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