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Outdoors

The annual Haywood County Extension Master Gardener plant sale is underway, with edibles like berries and asparagus and hard-to-find native plants, including pollinator-attracting perennials available at exceptional prices. 

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Volunteers are needed to help plant rivercane at Rivers Edge Park in Clyde at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29. 

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The Alum Cave Trail and its associated parking lots in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will be closed during much of February so that crews can replace two foot log bridges near the Arch Rock area. 

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Explore the Rough Creek Watershed with a guided hike Saturday, Feb. 6, and learn about the watershed ecology that drives the place. 

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The Blue Ridge Bartram Trail Conservancy is looking for youth ages 16 to 18 to fill six paid trail crew positions this summer, with a few upcoming events planned to give teens a taste of what their summer could look like. 

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Thousands of volunteer birdwatchers will mobilize this March for the first-ever N.C. Bird Atlas survey, a statewide community science survey that aims to map the distribution and abundance of birds from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Outer Banks. 

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Seasonal closures in the Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests have begun, with affected roads closed to motorized vehicles through April. Planned opening dates may change depending on weather. 

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The 3.5-mile hike to the top of Pinnacle Rock is a heart-pumping one, the old logging roads that now serve as hiking trails climbing 2,200 feet before leaving the hiker breathless before a sweeping aerial view of the Town of Sylva, cradled on all sides by forested mountain slopes.

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Twelve rock faces in the Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests are closed to climbing, rappelling, hang-gliding and other activities through Aug. 15 in order to protect the rare peregrine falcons that nest there. 

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A recreational racing program will offer skiers and snowboarders of all abilities the chance to push their speed with weekly competitions on non-holiday Saturdays through the end of the season at Cataloochee Ski Area in Maggie Valley. 

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Help clean up the Tuckasegee River with Trout Unlimited at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 30. 

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Two road sections in the Greenbrier area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are closed for bridge replacement through Friday, March 26. 

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