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Outdoors roundup

Become a sedimentation sentinel 

Join a growing group of volunteers working to identify sources of sediment in Western North Carolina streams by participating in a training 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, at Cold Mountain Gap Trailhead in Panthertown Valley. 

Participants will learn how to prioritize coldwater conservation to secure the biggest benefit. After the training, volunteers can work on their own schedule to cover priority roads and trails in the Tuckasegee, Pigeon, Upper French Broad, Davidson and Mills River Watersheds. 

Sign up with Jeff Wright at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 


Shop the Highlands Nature Center

A pop up shop showcasing nature-oriented merchandise will set up outside the Highlands Nature Center 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28. 

The nature center revamped its gift shop earlier this year, but COVID-19 hampered its ability to show off the changes. Products include books, board games, puzzles, finger puppets, coffee mugs, canvas totes and more. 

Quantities are limited, so come early. 828.526.2623.


Join the Agribusiness Summit

The Agribusiness Summit will return in a virtual format this year, slated for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7.

The 2020 summit will feature new, relevant topics for current and prospective agribusinesses. Topics will include post-COVID marketing; taking sales, marketing and delivery online; farm business diversification; and more. 

The summit is offered by the small business centers of Haywood, Southwestern and Tri-County community colleges. Registration is free, but pre-registration is required at 


Report feral hogs

A new online tool is available to report sightings of feral hogs or hog damage to the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. 

The wild hogs are invasive and cause significant damage to plants, prey on native wildlife and compete with native species for food and water resources. They also have the potential to spread disease that pose substantial risk to livestock, wildlife, people and pets. 

Reporting sightings will help members of the Commission’s N.C. Feral Swine Task Force better determine priority areas to focus management efforts. The information will help them better understand the distribution and abundance of feral hogs statewide as well as the extent and types of damage they are causing. 

To report sightings or damage, visit For more information about feral hogs, visit

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