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Wednesday, 30 November 2016 00:00

Outdoors roundup

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Wrap up the year with waterways

The quest to clean up Haywood’s waterways and restore its native species has been a long one, and Steve Fraley of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will give a status report on those non-game species calling the Pigeon River watershed home during the Haywood Waterways Association’s annual dinner, 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, at the Lambuth Inn, Lake Junaluska Assembly.

In addition to hearing from Fraley, the evening will include a report on HWA’s year in review, a silent auction and an awards ceremony honoring those who have worked to protect and improve Haywood’s rivers, streams and reservoirs. 

$15 per person covers the holiday buffet-style dinner. RSVP by Dec. 1 to Christine O’Brien, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 828.476.4667.


Salamanders, land development and conservation topics for round-table 

Macon County residents will have a chance to bring their local knowledge to bear on land use and conservation planning decisions during a meeting at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin. 

Jillian Howard, a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate at the University of Georgia, will present the program as part of her dissertation work combining salamander population data with information about how the citizens of Macon County value forest land for various uses. Howard will gather input from participants and also provide information about the land use regulatory landscape, local land conservation organizations, tax benefits of donating a conservation easement and how to protect natural resources at home.

The result of her research will be a map that identifies parcels that are high in both conservation value and habitat quality. The map will be publicly available and could be used to help people guide land acquisition for biodiversity conservation while avoiding potential land conflicts. 

Free. Refreshments will be provided. 828.524.3600.


Make your own wreath

The art of wreath-making will be explained in a pair of upcoming workshops hosted by the Haywood County Master Gardeners and Jackson County Extension.

A workshop will be offered 1:30 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, at First Presbyterian Church in Sylva, an annual tradition for Jackson County Cooperative Extension. Fresh greenery from a local Christmas tree farm will provide the raw materials. $10, with registration required at 828.586.4009.

An incredible selection of fresh greenery, embellishments and Master Gardener knowledge is promised at this year’s Haywood County Master Gardener Wreath-Making Event, with sessions 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Haywood County Cooperative Extension Office. $20 covers all materials, though participants should bring their own pruners and gloves. Proceeds fund horticultural projects and grants in Haywood County. Register at 828.452.3575 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Take a literary excursion of the southern highlands

Naturalist and historian George Ellison will read from his newly published collection of essays, Literary Excursions in the Southern Highlands, at a variety of locations in Western North Carolina over the next month.

• Wednesday, Dec. 7, at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin. 

The book is a collection of 50 essays that have appeared throughout the years in publications including The Smoky Mountain News, Chinquapin: The Newsletter of the Southern Appalachian Botanical Society and the Asheville Citizen-Times. Ellison’s words are accompanied by full-color illustrations by his wife Elizabeth. 

This book is Ellison’s fourth to be published by History Press. He has also written introductions for reissues of titles such as Horace Kephart’s Our Southern Highlanders and James Mooney’s Myths of the Cherokees, among others. As a naturalist, he often conducts workshops and field trips through the wild places of the Southern Appalachians. 

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