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Wednesday, 31 December 2014 16:19

Forest Stewards honored for conservation forestry

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A Cullowhee-based forest management group was recently recognized for its work by Root Cause, a regional initiative to raise awareness…
Wednesday, 31 December 2014 16:15

Haywood Waterways does good work

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Editor’s note: The following is a submission from Haywood Waterways Association reflecting on the organization’s work to protect and improve…
Wednesday, 31 December 2014 16:10

Roan Mountain viewsheds protected by land trust

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A 76-acre tract along the Appalachian Trail on Roan Mountain has been permanently protected thanks to the Southern Appalachian Highlands…
Wednesday, 24 December 2014 00:00

Seasonal road closures begin in national forest

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Seasonal road closures are starting to kick in for the U.S. Forest Service.  In the Appalachian Ranger District of Pisgah…
Wednesday, 24 December 2014 00:00

Land trust adds to wildlife corridor in Jackson County

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A new conservation easement in Jackson County will provide a critical wildlife corridor, connecting three other easements and located less…
Wednesday, 24 December 2014 00:00

Women-only ski lessons launch in January

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A six-session program aimed at female skiers and snowboarders will begin on Wednesday, Jan. 7, at Cataloochee Ski Area in…
Wednesday, 24 December 2014 00:00

Forest Service wins public engagement awards

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U.S. Forest Service employees in North Carolina recently received a handful of awards for their work in 2014, including a…
Wednesday, 24 December 2014 00:00

Nantahala Brewing supports the A.T.

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Nantahala Brewing Company in Bryson City celebrated the Christmas season with a generous donation to Friends of the Great Smoky…
Wednesday, 24 December 2014 00:00

Sounds in the night

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By Burt Kornegay • Contributing writer It was around 10:30 p.m., just as we were going to bed, when my wife…
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 16:26

Hunger initiative to build bridges with local agriculture

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A $10,000 grant will go toward building up food banks in Western North Carolina in partnership with agribusiness.  The award,…
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 16:25

Permaculture school launches in Asheville

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A 12-week permaculture school in Asheville will launch in 2015, teaching students how to create landscapes that maintain the health…
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 16:18

Comment call for red wolf rules

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A series of three public hearings in January will take public input on the future of protection for the reintroduced…
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 16:16

Internships for Smokies fans

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Five summer internship positions are available for undergraduates looking to get involved with Discover Life in America’s mission to learn…
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 16:15

Alum Cave Trail restoration to close trail in 2015

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Just after putting the final touches on the Chimney Tops Trail this month, the Trails Forever program in Great Smoky…
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 16:14

Congressional act could expand National Parks

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The National Parks System could see its largest expansion in decades after bipartisan legislation in Washington, D.C. was introduced proposing…
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 16:13

Aquatic invaders found in Macon County

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For the first time, gill lice have been found in brook trout in the Southern Appalachians. The parasitic crustaceans are…
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 16:12

Smokies Association finishes $3.4 million investment in N.C.

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The opening of the Swain County Visitor Center in downtown Bryson City this year represented the culmination of a $3.46…
Wednesday, 10 December 2014 16:04

WCU dorm gets LEED certification

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Western Carolina University’s Harrill Residence Hall has become the university’s second building to be LEED-certified for its comprehensive energy-efficient and…
Wednesday, 10 December 2014 16:03

Giving Tuesday nets Smokies $18,000

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Friends of the Smokies raised more than $18,000 for Great Smoky Mountains National Park on GivingTuesday, far more than its…
Wednesday, 10 December 2014 16:01

Smokies hires superintendent

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For the first time since Dale Ditmanson retired in January 2014, Great Smoky Mountains National Park has a permanent superintendent.…
Wednesday, 10 December 2014 16:00

Franklin greenway gets some extra acreage

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The Little Tennessee Greenway will offer users a bit more space to enjoy the outdoors following Dick and Melissa Jones’…
Wednesday, 10 December 2014 15:59

Graffiti for a good cause

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Ten high school students from the Haywood Community Learning Center recently armed themselves with colorful spray paint to mark the…
Wednesday, 10 December 2014 15:58

Tuscola takes all in FFA event

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Tuscola High School students dominated Future Farmers of America’s Land Judging competition this year. The competition tests students’ ability to…
Wednesday, 10 December 2014 15:56

Trail crews drill for backcountry emergencies

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Appalachian Trail license plate funds are helping to make the woods a little safer for the volunteers who maintain the…
College student interns at the Highlands Biological Station have been working since August on a broad range of research projects,…
Wednesday, 03 December 2014 16:24

Smokies considers ban on firewood

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A program on dangerous and destructive forest pests that hitchhike on firewood brought in from outside the region will be…
Wednesday, 03 December 2014 16:23

New Mountain-to-Sea Trail section now open at Waterrock Knob

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A new section of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail is now complete, a 2.2-mile section that roughly parallels the Blue Ridge Parkway…
Wednesday, 03 December 2014 16:21

Webster resident donates quilt to the Smokies

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After spending six months completing a full-size quilt, Webster resident Susanne Kerper of Jackson County donated the blanket to the…
Wednesday, 03 December 2014 16:21

Help for failing septic systems in Haywood

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Homeowners dealing with a failing septic system may be eligible for help through a pair of grants Haywood Waterways Association…
Wednesday, 03 December 2014 16:19

‘Tis the season for giving at Cataloochee Ski Area

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Cataloochee Ski Area continues its tradition of holiday giving with its 14th Annual Can-U-Ski Food and Coat Drive for Haywood…
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 16:50

Remember local farmers on Small Business Saturday

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Buy Haywood is encouraging shoppers to think local on Small Business Saturday — not just by shopping at local stores…
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 16:50

New water quality standards proposed

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The Environmental Protection Agency is in the midst of reviewing a set of proposed revisions to water quality standards in…
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 16:49

Environmental merger chooses new name

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When the New Year rolls around, the region’s best-known and longest-running environmental organization is changing its name, following a merger…
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 16:49

New book chronicles Pisgah’s history

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A new book has come out that treks through the human, political and natural history behind the formation of the…
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 16:48

Explore National Parks from the fireside

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With short and chilly days making miles on the trail harder to come by, a lineup of outdoors-themed board games…
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 16:47

AT license plates to fund trail-related projects

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Projects that promote or protect the Appalachian Trail can tap a special pot of grant money thanks to the sale…
Land Trust for the Little Tennessee is looking to raise money for its Kids in the Creek program as part…
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 16:44

Hunting and fishing resources for disabled sportsmen

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A directory of handicapped-accessible hunting and fishing sites in the Nantahala and Pisgah national forests is available to help disabled…
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 16:43

Canton Library garden wins state award

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The Canton Library’s Giving Garden got some state recognition by nabbing the “best adult program” award from the North Carolina…
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 16:17

Ground broken on Smokies Preservation Center

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Work on a new National Park Service Collections Preservation Center is underway following a Nov. 13 groundbreaking at the site…
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 16:17

East Street Park project scores grant funds

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A project to revamp East Street Park in Waynesville has received a grant from the Pigeon River Fund that will…
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 16:16

Arboretum lights up for holidays

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A new holiday light show at the North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville will open Saturday, Nov. 22, and run through…
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 16:15

Agreement reached in lawsuit to curtail hunting in red wolf

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An agreement has been reached in a lawsuit waged by multiple environmental groups claiming that wreckless coyote hunting laws were…
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 16:15

Haywood Waterways Association celebrates a successful 2014

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Haywood Waterways Association will celebrate the Pigeon River watershed at its annual membership dinner from 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4,…
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 16:14

Blackrock Outdoor changes ownership

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After nearly 20 years of existence, Blackrock Outdoor Company has a new owner. Kelly Custer, who also owns Sylva’s Sheds…
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 16:13

Scuba certs offered in Waynesville

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A scuba certification course Saturday, Dec. 6, at the Waynesville Recreation Center will give wannabe divers the know-how and practice…
Wednesday, 12 November 2014 16:44

Mountain photo contest open

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The Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition is looking for the best images of the people, places and pursuits that characterize the…
Wednesday, 12 November 2014 16:40

Protecting plants with a forest plan

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With a new forest management plan now in the works for the Pisgah and Nantahala national forest, Brent Martin, regional…
Wednesday, 12 November 2014 16:38

New edition of Kephart book released

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A new version of Our Southern Highlanders by Horace Kephart is out, and it includes eight Kephart articles not included…