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Wednesday, 29 October 2014 00:00

Outdoors roundup

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Waynesville holds fall mulch sale

Waynesville will have compost and double-ground mulch available for pickup 8 a.m. to noon at the town yard waste landfill Oct. 31-Nov. 1 and Nov. 6-8. The landfill is on Bible Baptist Drive off Russ Avenue, near the bypass for U.S. 74. Go straight through the gate at the end of Bible Baptist Drive and see the attendant.

For compost, prices per load are $10 for a regular pickup or trailer and $60 for a tandem truck.

For double-ground mulch, prices per load are $10 for a small pickup, $25 for a regular pickup, $100 for a tandem truck and $200 for a roll-off. An extra $10 or $20 will be charged for trailers, with extra charge depending on the trailer’s size. Tandem trucks and roll-offs will be allowed Nov.6-8 only. 

A limited amount of single-ground mulch will be available for $10 per load regardless of truck size. 

Cash or check payments only. Loads must be covered. 

The sale will be canceled in case of wet weather. 828.456.3706. 


Workshop educates on growing green 

A workshop to help communities enjoy their natural resources by including habitat conservation in land use planning will be held 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7 at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva. 

Hosted by the Jackson County Planning Department and presented by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, the Green Growth Toolbox Workshop communicates science-based recommendations and case studies about conserving priority wildlife habitats and natural resources through land-use planning methods. The toolbox consists of a website, a handbook, GIS data and follow-up technical assistance. 

The workshop will begin with coffee and pastries at 8:30 a.m., and the Wildlife Commission will provide lunch. Information on the economic benefits for communities, the future of wildlife and how to protect natural resources, public access, working farms and forests will all be included. The day will finish up with a field trip from 2-4 p.m. to a nearby wildlife habitat.

The Wildlife Resources Commission has worked with more than 25 North Carolina counties to use the Green Growth Toolbox since developing it in 2010. 

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Daylight Savings Time ends, winter skies begin

Daylight Savings Time will end at 2 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 2, ushering in earlier evenings as winter sets in. 

For those who get up at 2 a.m. to change clocks at the first opportunity, a glance high in the southeast will reveal Orion followed by the Dog Star Sirius, the brightest star in the sky, a formation that shows winter skies are here. 

At the same time, the bright planet Jupiter will be low in the east, north of and below Orion and just above the Leo constellation. Venus is making its way around from behind the sun and will soon be our evening star in the west after sunset.  


Volunteers needed to stock the West Fork 

The Cataloochee chapter of Trout Unlimited will rally at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5, to stock the West Fork of the Pigeon River with more than 1,000 pounds of trout. 

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission stocks the river, but having a volunteer force to help allows the trout to be dispersed so as to make for a more enjoyable fishing experience. 

The group will meet at the West Fork upper parking lot, located on N.C. 215 past Lake Logan when coming from Waynesville and a little past the church on the left. There is parking on the left across the road from the gun range. Volunteers should bring a gallon bucket and waders. Nonmembers are welcome to join in too. 

The stocking should take two to three hours, and everybody is invited to bring a fly rod to have some fun when the work is done. 

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