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Wednesday, 08 April 2015 13:53

Cherokee to weigh in on fish conservation

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The Watershed Association of the Tuckasegee River will hold its annual meeting celebrating Earth Month at 6 p.m. Monday, April…
Wednesday, 08 April 2015 13:52

WCU students win bass angling title

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A pair of Western Carolina University students took first this spring, in the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Eastern Regional, presented…
Wednesday, 08 April 2015 13:51

Two-hundred-mile foot race to loop western counties

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The Southeast’s most grueling team race will take off from Pink Beds Picnic Area in the Pisgah National Forest near…
Wednesday, 08 April 2015 13:50

Bat protection prompts Smokies caving restrictions

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After closing the area in September to protect wintering bats, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will reopen Whiteoak Sink…
Wednesday, 01 April 2015 15:44

Clingmans Dome Road opens for the year

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Clingmans Dome Road in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park opened last week, six days ahead of its scheduled April…
Wednesday, 01 April 2015 15:43

Bike rodeo comes to Jackson County

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The Jackson County Bike Rodeo is calling all kids to come out 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 11,…
Wednesday, 01 April 2015 15:41

Locals take gold and silver in Assault on BlackRock

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The fifth annual Assault on BlackRock trail race is now in the rearview mirror, with 82 brave souls battling freezing…
Wednesday, 01 April 2015 15:27

Solarize WNC forums demystify solar energy for the masses

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A forum on how to transition to solar energy will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, at the…
Wednesday, 25 March 2015 16:13

Bear encounter causes camping restrictions

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Graveyard Fields is closed to overnight camping following a bear break-in to a tent in the popular recreation area, and…
Wednesday, 25 March 2015 16:06

Winter ends for Cataloochee

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Cataloochee Ski Area closed for the season Sunday, ending 141 days of open slopes for 2014-15. The season outstripped the…
Wednesday, 25 March 2015 16:05

Richland Creek restoration expands with new funding

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A recently awarded $200,000 grant will pay for two years of work to improve water quality and raise public awareness…
Wednesday, 25 March 2015 16:04

Brookies get a boost in the Smokies

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Following a seven-year brook trout restoration project, Lynn Camp Prong in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is now open…
Wednesday, 25 March 2015 16:02

Blue Ridge Breakaway registration open

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Early registration is open for the Blue Ridge Breakaway, a multi-distance bike ride based in Haywood County.
Wednesday, 25 March 2015 16:02

Grants awarded to fight hemlock adelgid

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The battle against the hemlock wooly adelgid in North Carolina will continue with help from a bevy of grants from…
Wednesday, 25 March 2015 16:01

Sales strong for Smokies plates

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Friends of the Smokies got its largest-ever fourth-quarter check from sales of the Smokies bear license plate, accruing $105,080 for…
Wednesday, 25 March 2015 15:59

WNC teens strut environmental know-how

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Teams of middle and high school students from across Western North Carolina went head-to-head over their knowledge of environmental science…
By Michael Beadle It’s 26 degrees on a November morning, and Jamie Tidmore has just finished another whitewater kayaking run…
Wednesday, 18 March 2015 16:22

AT lay-over, Fontana Dam knighted as official trail town

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Hiker Haze Weekend will welcome the season’s first Appalachian Trail thru-hikers at Fontana Village Resort March 25-26, along with a…
Wednesday, 18 March 2015 16:21

WNC air quality to be unpacked

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The Annual Ozone Season Kickoff will unveil the state of Western North Carolina’s air quality in 2014 with a program…
Wednesday, 18 March 2015 16:09

Nature for the whole family

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By Danny Bernstein • Guest columnist When I first thought about taking my granddaughter, Hannah, on an outdoor experience, I looked…
Wednesday, 18 March 2015 16:08

Nation’s best paddlers to compete at NOC

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The Nantahala Racing Club’s Whitewater U.S. Open will keep the river churning at Nantahala Outdoor Center March 27-29.
Wednesday, 18 March 2015 16:07

Prescribed burn planned for Cataloochee

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A 550-acre prescribed burn will start soon near Cataloochee Valley in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Wednesday, 11 March 2015 15:36

Public greenhouse space up for grabs in Haywood

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Gardeners can get a head start on the growing season by renting greenhouse space for their seed trays at the…
Wednesday, 11 March 2015 15:35

Celebrate the diversity of the Smokies

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The public is invited to mingle with researchers from around the world March 19-21 during the annual conference of Discover…
Wednesday, 11 March 2015 15:34

Jump on the solar train with Solarize WNC

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A campaign to introduce homeowners and businesses to the option of solar energy is underway in Jackson, Haywood, Macon and…
Wednesday, 11 March 2015 15:33

Renowned nature photographer to talk in Sylva

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Les Saucier, a professional nature photographer, will speak at the Sylva Photo Club at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 14, at…
A U.S. Forest Service project aiming to improve wildlife habitat and forest health will allow logging, fire, thinning and other…
Wednesday, 11 March 2015 15:30

WNC gear builders to show their stuff

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Outdoor lovers will get a chance to see some of the best locally made gear during Outdoor Gear Builders of…
Wednesday, 11 March 2015 15:28

Brevard company recognized in international competition

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Brevard-based SylvanSport has been named a finalist in the internationally renowned Edison Awards for its product GO, a lightweight pull-behind…
Wednesday, 11 March 2015 15:26

Waynesville pursues bike-friendly roads

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Big white stencils of helmeted bikers now adorn a growing number of streets throughout Waynesville.
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 14:56

WNC conservationists honored

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Several Western North Carolina conservationists earned a spot in Wild South’s annual list of nominees for the Roosevelt-Ashe Conservation Awards,…
A new invasive plant species is springing up in moist, nutrient-rich soils across eastern North America and has been spotted…
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 14:48

Smokies visitation sets records

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January was a record-setting month for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park with 351,670 visitors, achieving a lifetime visitation of…
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 14:46

WNC farmers expand business through grants

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Farmers in Western North Carolina will branch out with new crops and alternative growing methods, thanks to 31 grants totaling…
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 14:44

Fees increase at Glenville campground

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For the first time in more than 18 years, fees at the Ralph J. Andrews Campground on Lake Glenville, which…
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 14:43

Waynesville continues Tree City USA tradition

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Waynesville was named a 2014 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, keeping running a streak that began in…
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 15:06

Weigh in on Cold Mountain Game Land management plans

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The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is working on a plan to guide management at the Cold Mountain Game Land in…
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 15:05

Buy Haywood guide seeks new listings

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An agritourism guide for Haywood County is looking for new listings to help visitors and locals alike explore everything from…
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 15:04

Volunteers sought to adopt tree plot

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Smokies rangers are looking for tree-lovers who want to try their hand at science to adopt a tree monitoring plot…
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 15:02

WCU launches outdoor speaker series

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A speaker series featuring outdoor adventurers at Western Carolina University will kick off at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, with…
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 15:01

Hike explores Smokemont

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The season’s first hike in Friends of the Smokies’ “Classic Hikes of the Smokies” series will explore Smokemont Loop Trail…
As Paul Carlson tooled out of downtown Franklin, houses faded into rolling hayfields, and the Little Tennessee River soon took…
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 16:12

State bill seeks to strike down fracking rules

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Bills to get rid of the oil and gas extraction rules developed by the N.C. Mining and Energy Commission have…
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 16:10

N.C. Wildlife Federation wins $30K grant

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A $30,000 grant from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation will help the N.C. Wildlife Federation further its mission of conserving…
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 16:09

New Satulah trail in the works

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Learn about the Highland Plateau Greenway’s vision to build a public trail to the top of Satulah Mountain at a…
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 16:08

Game on (the table) at fundraising dinner

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An annual Wild Game Dinner hosted by the Wildlife Club at Haywood Community College will serve up a meal of…
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 16:06

Mark your calendar for Spring

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The weather is wintry, but spring is just around the corner. Mark your calendar for some of these upcoming springtime…
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 16:01

Database to showcase purveyors wood and forestry products

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A “buy local” directory for wood-related products from Western North Carolina is looking for more businesses, artisans and organizations to…
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 15:41

Celebrate winter Smoky style

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Maggie Valley’s inaugural WinterFest Smoky Style will celebrate the best of the cold-weather season 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday,…