New parking lot at Cullowhee Rec Center
Change is happening at the Cullowhee Recreation Center as construction of an aquatics complex proceeds.
A new parking lot is now complete at the back of the center, and the old parking lot at the front is no longer accessible. The front desk and check-in area has been relocated down the hallway near the new entrance to accommodate the building’s new flow of foot traffic.
Get a status update on hemlock conservation
Learn about the current state of hemlock conservation in Western North Carolina during a presentation 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Spring Creek Community Center in Haywood County.
Offered by the Hemlock Restoration Initiative, the talk will share what HRI and its partners are doing to protect these important trees, and how landowners and the public can get involved.
Learn more at savehemlocksnc.org.
Wrap up the year with Haywood Waterways
Prescribed burns planned in Cherokee National Forest
Residents in the furthest west counties may see smoke over the next month as the Cherokee National Forest carries our prescribed burns on an estimated 21,850 acres in Monroe and Polk counties, Tennessee, which abut Graham and Cherokee counties in North Carolina.
The planned burns include areas in the Tellico and Ocoee ranger districts of the national forest and will be conducted when weather and fuel conditions are favorable to do so safely. This window is expected to occur between now and the end of December.
Prescribed fires are implemented in accordance with a written burn plan that prescribes specific weather and smoke dispersion conditions before crews proceed. Crews are responsible for igniting vegetation, monitoring the behavior and spread of fire, smoke, and ensuring fire is held by control features. Prescribed fire is used in the Cherokee National Forest for several reasons, including to reduce fire hazard, improve habitat, and to help manage for desirable vegetation.
Winter Lights tickets now on sale
Tickets are now on sale for Winter Lights, an open-air walk-through light show of more than 1 million lights running Nov. 18-Dec. 31 at the N.C. Arboretum in Asheville.
This year’s event will feature familiar favorites like the 50-foot lighted tree and quilt garden, along with enchanting new details designed to delight and surprise.
Ticket prices range from $30 to $60 per car depending on the date and entry time, with members receiving a $5 discount. Flex tickets are $75. For more information or to reserve tickets, visit ncarboretum.org/winter-lights.
New hours at Asheville Arboretum
Winter hours are now in effect at the N.C. Arboretum in Asheville.
Through Nov. 16, the property will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Between Nov. 16 and Dec. 31, the Arboretum will close at 5 p.m. so staff can prepare for Winter Lights. Entry gates close one hour before the property.