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Join educational hike March 18

A UNC-Asheville geology professor will lead an educational hike March 18. 

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Green Energy Park returns to normal hours

After completing its maintenance cycle, Jackson County’s Green Energy Park in Dillsboro will resume normal operations and will be open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Carolina Mountain Club builds trail at North Canton Elementary

The tangle of trees and vines beyond the playground fence at North Canton Elementary School used to be a no-go zone for students, years of accumulated balls a testament to a long-time school rule against jumping the fence.  

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Notes from a plant nerd: Don’t you boil this cabbage down

There are so many different native plants and flowers that I have yet to see growing in the wild. And I really want to.

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Up Moses Creek: Coyote Howl

I was hiking in the woods above our house at sunrise when coyotes began to howl behind me, and they howled and howled.

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Notes from a plant nerd: Barking up the right tree

To get through the winter, some plants go underground to take advantage of the earth’s insulation, while others stay above ground and protect themselves in other ways.

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Notes from a plant nerd: Hey Buds!

Hunkered down for the long winter, wrapped in multiple layers and prepared for the cold, I have a lot in common with the flower and leaf buds of woody plants.

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Up Moses Creek: I’ll Fly a Ways

It takes something special to draw me out of Moses Creek — there’s so much here to see and do and write about.

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Notes from a plant nerd: In the pines

In the Cherokee cosmology, evergreen trees were given their ability to hold onto their leaves all winter as a reward for s taying up all night long for seven days, keeping the sacred fire lit.

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