Below the waterline: Fred’s impact on aquatic life remains to be seen

Eric Romaniszyn had been Haywood Waterways Association’s project manager for less than six months when the legendary floods  of September…
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Cades Cove closures coming up
 

Cades Cove closures coming up

The Cades Cove Loop Road will be closed for night work beginning Aug. 16 ahead of a resurfacing project that…
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Weigh in on Haywood’s recreation planning
 

Weigh in on Haywood’s recreation planning

An update to the 2007 Haywood County Recreation Master Plan is underway, with a survey now available to take public…
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Smokies sees two fatal accidents in one weekend

Two men died while visiting the Great Smoky Mountains National Park last weekend, one due to drowning and another resulting…
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HCC student wins national timbersports title

A Haywood Community College student earned the 2021 U.S. Rookie Champion title at the recent STIHL Timbersports U.S. Championships in…
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Dispose of chemicals safely

As floodwaters recede and cleanup continues, the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services urges farmers and homeowners to evaluate…
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Second fatal bear attack in Smokies history confirmed

A man found dead in the Hazel Creek area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park last September likely died…
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Fred's impact on public lands

In addition to claiming lives, homes and livelihoods, Tropical Storm Fred has had a significant impact on many beloved sites…
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Closure planned for Bradley Fork Trail section

A trail rehabilitation project on the Bradley Fork Trail will keep a 3.3-mile section of it closed Monday through Thursday…
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Lasting damage: Recreation impacts from Fred could linger for years

A week before Tropical Storm Fred unleashed historically high floodwaters on Western North Carolina, Greg Philipp was in Washington fighting…
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Planning for adventure: Sylva, Cherokee to partner on trails plan

The highest-elevation mountain bike trail on the East Coast is on the path from concept to reality after the Cherokee…
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Wildlife Commission elects new leadership

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has elected Richmond County resident Monty R. Crump as its new chairman, replacing Dallas resident…
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NPS institutes mask mandate

A national mask mandate is now in place across the National Park Service. 
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Closures at Waynesville pool
 

Closures at Waynesville pool

Lack of staffing has prompted the Waynesville Recreation Center to close its water park and constrain hours for the lap…
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Daytime closures resume on Newfound Gap Road
 

Daytime closures resume on Newfound Gap Road

Daytime closures associated with an 8-mile paving project on Newfound Gap Road in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will…
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‘Year of the Trail’ planned for 2023

The N.C. General Assembly has declared 2023 to be “Year of the Trail” in North Carolina, marking it as a…
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Bear caused 2020 Smokies death, autopsy shows

A man found dead in the Hazel Creek area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park last September likely died…
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Parkway motorcycle crash causes fatality
 

Parkway motorcycle crash causes fatality

A 74-year-old Georgia man is dead following an Aug. 8 accident on the Blue Ridge Parkway north of Old Fort. 
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Effort begins to clean up Fontana campsites

On Tuesday, Aug. 10, 14 volunteers converged on Fontana Lake to clean up dispersed campsites that had been trashed by…
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Living high with the hogs: Mountain hog farm revives historic breed

Morning cool still hangs over the grassy fields at Smoky Mountain Mangalitsa Farm  as Catherine Topel approaches a pair of…
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Grant to increase diversity in Smokies programs

A $10,000 grant from REI Co-op in Pigeon Forge will support community science programs in the Great Smoky Mountains National…
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Harrah’s donates to N.C. Beautiful

Harrah’s Cherokee Casinos recently donated $30,000 to N.C. Beautiful, a nonprofit organization that has for 54 years supported environmental awareness,…
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Join the Bucket Brigade
 

Join the Bucket Brigade

The Bucket Brigade is looking for people who are tired of passing by the same trash each day and want…
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Century Farm applicants wanted
 

Century Farm applicants wanted

A reunion for families who have continuously operated a farm for 100 years or more is coming up this fall…
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‘Let’s protect it’: For retiring Mountain Wildlife Days director, wildlife outreach is a calling

With his 90th birthday now approaching, John Edwards is retiring from his two-decade-long role organizing one of the region’s largest…
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Clay couple donates land for conservation
 

Clay couple donates land for conservation

A Clay County couple has conserved their 50-plus-acre property and will donate it as a life estate to Mainspring Conservation…
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Crashes cause deaths in the Smokies, Parkway
 

Crashes cause deaths in the Smokies, Parkway

A trio of collisions in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Blue Ridge Parkway over the past week have…
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Swain students win softball title

Two Swain Middle School eighth graders helped their softball team win a tournament title during the Native American Youth Organization…
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Tree seedlings for sale
 

Tree seedlings for sale

Seedlings are available for sale from the N.C. Forest Service Nursery Program, with specimens offering superior growth, form and disease…
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Friend your farmer
 

Friend your farmer

Empowering Mountain Food Systems will be highlighting the stories, personalities and passions of Western North Carolina farmers through its new…
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Ticket, please: Smokies to explore paid parking, shuttle service as crowd control tools

As visitor use in the already-crowded  Great Smoky Mountains National Park continues to climb, for the first time ever the…
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Dive into folklore this Friday
 

Dive into folklore this Friday

Blue Ridge Parkway rangers will host a new outdoor interpretive series dubbed “Fridays at the Folk Art Center” at 7:30…
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Bills aim to fund wildlife conservation

Bipartisan legislation aiming to fund local efforts to support struggling wildlife is now under consideration in both houses of Congress…
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Mountain Wildlife Days director to step down

More than 450 people participated in the 17th annual Mountain Wildlife Days this month, but it will be the last…
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New landslide mapping tool available
 

New landslide mapping tool available

A new website uses GIS, aerial imagery and field work data to create a landslide mapping tool that provides critical…
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Staying alive: MountainTrue protects A.T. ash trees as research progresses against invasive threat

For millions of years, ash trees have grown tall and strong across the landscape today known as the United States…
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Conservancy marks land protection achievements

The Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina celebrated a pair of conservation achievements in recent months that together protect more than…
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Local conservationists earn statewide recognition
 

Local conservationists earn statewide recognition

Conservation leaders from Asheville and Brevard were among the 16 people and organizations to earn recognition during the N.C. Wildlife…
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Pilot program will bring shuttles, paid parking to Laurel Falls

In a virtual public meeting this evening, Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials unveiled a pilot plan to manage congestion…
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Bryson City paddler to appear in Olympic semifinals

Bryson City Olympian Evy Leibfarth, 17, will advance to the semifinal women’s kayak slalom competition following her performance in the…
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Highlands Biological Foundation Board elects new president
 

Highlands Biological Foundation Board elects new president

Jennie Stowers has been elected as the new president of the Highlands Biological Foundation Board after Julia Grumbles wrapped up…
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A new chapter for Max Patch: Forest Service issues two-year camping ban for iconic bald

Following an explosion of use at Max Patch, the U.S. Forest Service is prohibiting camping and fires on the iconic…
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New Max Patch restrictions include ban on camping, fires

Following an explosion of use and impact at Max Patch, the U.S. Forest Service is prohibiting camping and fires on…
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Fish and Wildlife Service reviews status for 37 species
 

Fish and Wildlife Service reviews status for 37 species

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is now conducting five-year status reviews for 37 species, two of which can be…
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Smooth coneflower recovery spurs downlisting proposal
 

Smooth coneflower recovery spurs downlisting proposal

Due to continually strengthening populations, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants to downlist the smooth coneflower from an endangered…
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N.C. logs record bear harvest in 2020
 

N.C. logs record bear harvest in 2020

Hunters harvested a record 3,748 black bears in North Carolina last year, an 8% increase over the previous season. 
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Mountain turkey harvest flags amid high statewide numbers
 

Mountain turkey harvest flags amid high statewide numbers

This year’s North Carolina turkey hunting season yielded the second-highest harvest on record, second only to the record-breaking 2020 harvest…
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Outdoor Industry program offers new study track

A third track is now available within Western Carolina University’s Professional Outdoor Industry Certificate. 
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Ginseng populations now too small for sustainable harvest

There are now too few ginseng plants in the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests to allow for sustainable harvesting, leading…
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Launchpad to space: Camp builds enthusiasm for middle grades

At 10 a.m. Friday, June 25, the parking lot above the Jackson County Early College was nothing but a mundane…
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