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Friends of the Smokies names new member

Friends of the Smokies appointed Steven Gigliotti as a new member to its board. 

A longtime supporter of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gigliotti has 45 years of experience helping media companies grow, serving as chief revenue officer for the Scripps Networks Interactive that included HCTV, Food Network and more. 

“Steve brings energy, passion and a deep set of skills,” said Tim Chandler, executive director and CEO. “We welcome him to the board and know he’ll be a valuable asset as we work to support efforts to preserve and protect our beloved national park for generations to come.”

Gigliotti resides in Asheville and also serves as a trustee for Warren Wilson College. 


Glamp in the Great Smokies

The first annual Great Smokies Eco-Adventure will be held Aug. 29-31 near Gatlinburg, a multifaceted fundraising event for Discover Life in America. 

DLIA is partnering with the award-winning hiking company A Walk in the Woods to present the event, which will include glamping at A Walk in the Woods’ luxurious off-grid camp near Cosby, gourmet food and drink, guided nature hikes and live music. 

Tickets are $950 per person and all-inclusive. Proceeds support DLiA, which coordinates the All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory in the park. The ATBI works to inventory all the species living in the park and so far has identified more than 20,000 of them in its 21 years of existence. 

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Spruce up Allens Creek

Help clean up Allens Creek in Waynesville 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 15. 

The group will meet at the far end of the PetSmart parking lot and pick up trash along the stream bank, parking lot and railroad. Equipment will be provided, but participants should bring a towel and wear closed-toe shoes and long pants that can get wet and dirty.

Sign up by May 17 with Christine O’Brien, 828.476.4667, ext. 11, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..