Outdoors

 

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 qualifying rounds Sunday, July 25.

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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 at Laurel Falls Trail.

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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 — but for now, keeping them alive requires regular treatment with expensive chemicals and $2,000 worth of specialized equipment. 

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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 650 acres of land in Rutherford and Caldwell counties. 

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Take the farm tour

The Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project’s annual farm tour will return for 2021, from noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 18-19 offering a chance to check out guided tours, demonstrations and hands-on activities at approximately 20 family farms in Haywood, Buncombe and Henderson counties. 

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Lecture will explore ecosystem connectors

Learn about salamanders and the important but often unseen ways they connect ecosystems during a virtual lecture at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 29. 

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Highlands Biological announces annual soiree

The Highlands Biological Foundation will hold its biggest fundraiser of the year with its annual summer soiree, 6 p.m. through dark Monday, Aug. 2, atop Satulah Mountain in Highlands. 

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Hit the trail

Take a hike on Big Creek in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park starting at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 28. 

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It’s farmers market time

According to guidance from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, farmers markets fall under the same classification as grocery stores and are considered an important source of food for local communities. 

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