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Wednesday, 27 August 2014 00:00

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Comment deadline extended for oil and gas rules 

The deadline for comment on the state Mining and Energy Commission’s proposed oil and gas development rules has been extended to Sept. 30. The extension of the original Sept. 15 deadline was approved to avoid confusion after a section of the rules titled Timing and Notice of Reclamation was mistakenly omitted from the version published on the N.C. Register July 15. 

Comment will be taken at a public hearing 5 to 9 p.m. Sept. 12 at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University. Comments can also be submitted at or mailed to:

DENR-Division of Energy, Mineral, and Land Resources

Attn: Oil and Gas Program

1612 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, N.C. 27699. 

The proposed rules can be found at


Preserve the summer

A home preservation workshop 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 27 at the Jackson County Extension Office will give aspiring canners the info they need to start preserving. Sherrie Peeler, Extension instructor, will cover the basics of pressure and water bath canning, including the appropriate methods for preserving both low and high-acid foods. Freezing and dehydration will also be covered. 

Free, but seating is limited. RSVP to 828.586.4009.


Bronze bird documentary to be screened in Macon

The Lost Bird Project, an independent documentary telling the stories of five bird species driven to extinction in modern times, will be screened at 7 p.m. Aug. 28 at the Macon County Public Library Meeting Room. The film follows sculptor Todd McGrain’s project to memorialize the birds, which involves a search for the locations where they were last seen in the wild and negotiations for permission to install his large bronze sculptures there. The film lasts 63 minutes.


Learn about the value of Wilderness Areas

A program on the role of Wilderness Areas within national forests will be led by Brent Martin of The Wilderness Society at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, at the Macon County Public Library.

Martin will discuss the history of the Wilderness Act and efforts to protect national forests from ecological threats and pressures.

North Carolina is home to some of the first designated wilderness areas following Congress’ passage of the Wilderness Act in 1964. Of the more than 1 million acres that comprise the Pisgah and Nantahala national forests, 66,550 are protected as wilderness. The Wilderness Society would like to see additional acreage designated as wilderness in the future. 



Aldo Leopold legacy showcased in documentary airing 

A documentary featuring legendary conservationist Aldo Leopold will air 4:30 and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin. The first full-length, high-definition documentary ever made about Leopold and his legacy, Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time, shares highlights from Leopold’s career and explains how he shaped conservation and the modern environmental movement. Leopold’s vision of a community that cares about both people and land continues to inspire projects worldwide today, connecting people and land. 

Sponsored by the Nantahala Hiking Club, the Wilderness Society and the Macon County Public Library.


Action and adrenaline abundant in film tour

 The Radical Reels Film Tour is coming to Asheville, 7-10 p.m. Monday, Sept. 8, featuring more than a half dozen adrenaline-pumping action sport films — from epic big mountain ski descents to jaw-dropping bike jumps to stomach-turning kayak drops, all as seen through the eyes of some of today’s top athletes. 

The film is on a national circuit and will make a stop at the Regal Biltmore theater.

$15 general admission through Sept 7, or an extra $2 at the door. 


Bryson seeks outdoors honors in magazine contest

Bryson City is currently in the lead for the Top Outdoors Town contest in Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine. But votes are still needed to secure the honor of first place and a November article in the magazine. 

The voting site pits two random towns against each other; to help Bryson City get ahead, click “draw” until Bryson City comes up as one of the two choices and then vote. 

Unlimited per-person vote. Polls close Aug. 31. top-towns-2014


MST photos sought

A photo contest for the Mountains-to-Sea Trail will provide an opportunity to win cash prizes, gift cards and outdoors gear, as well as photo publication. Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail is looking for winners in three categories: The View from the Trail, People on the Trail and Youth Photographer (17 and under). Photo submission closes Friday, Oct. 31. Enter at 

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