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Wednesday, 06 August 2014 14:46

Time to get your run on

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August is runners’ month in Western North Carolina. A slate of races throughout the region will give athletes a chance…
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 14:38

Smokies tourism translates into dollars for local economy

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According to a new National Park Service report, the 9.4 million people who visited Great Smoky Mountains National Park in…
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 14:37

Highlands Biological dives into cliff ecology

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A cliff face might not seem like a hospitable place to forge a life, but for a good-sized group of…
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 14:36

Smokies rangers rescue fallen hiker in storm conditions

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A 64-year-old Michigan man is recovering after a fall while hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park last Sunday…
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 14:36

Faith-based environmental initiative organizes across WNC

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Faith-inspired environmental advocacy is the focus of Western North Carolina Alliance’s newest program, Creation Care Alliance of Western North Carolina.…
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 14:31

WCU named top adventure school

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Western Carolina University ranked as the No.1 college for outdoor adventures in the Southeast and mid-Atlantic in a recent online…
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 14:30

Wilderness medical training offered in Cullowhee

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Landmark Learning, an outdoor training institute in Cullowhee, has released its fall lineup of outdoor safety training courses. With everything…
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 13:51

Graveyard Fields celebrates new look

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Better public access and trail improvements for Graveyard Fields, one of the most popular spots on the Blue Ridge Parkway,…
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 13:50

Native plants take root in new Cherokee greenhouse

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Native plants are getting a boost in Cherokee with the opening of a 2,200-square-foot greenhouse designed to produce and propagate…
The Nantahala Racing Club and the North Carolina Wildlife Federation came out on top in an online voting contest from…
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 13:47

Booming triathlons bring economic impact to Haywood

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More than 1,200 outdoor atheletes will converge on Lake Logan in Haywood County this weekend for the annual Lake Logan…
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 13:46

Training initiative garners award for WCU instructor

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Sam Fowlkes, who teaches paddlesports and rescue at Western Carolina University, has received prestigious recognition in the field of technical…
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 13:44

Proposed fracking rules released

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The Mining and Energy Commission has finished writing a proposed set of rules to govern oil and gas development in…
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 13:44

Get up close with birds and fish on the Little T

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Amateur biologists of all ages are invited to help find out how the birds and fish are doing on Land…
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 13:43

New moth species named for Cherokee

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A new moth species recently discovered in the Southern Appalachians has a locally inspired name.
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 13:39

WCU fishermen head to national competition

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Western Carolina University will send two students to the national Bassmaster College Series National Championship following a third place win…
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 13:38

Organizations step up to save the Georgia aster

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A coalition of public and private conservation organizations is stepping up to save the Georgia aster, a purple Southern flower…
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 13:37

Chemistry concentration to tap natural products movement

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Western Carolina University will launch a new master’s degree in chemistry this fall with a professional science concentration in natural…
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 13:36

Birds of Prey program comes to Oconaluftee

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Raptors will ride into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park with a birds of prey program 10 a.m. Friday, July…
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 13:35

Mushroom immersion at the Highlands Biological Station

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Explore the diversity of fungi in the Southern Appalachian Mountains and their relationships with native plants through upcoming programs at…
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 14:02

Plott Balsams kickoff nature series in Sylva

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A six-part lecture series on nature, ecology and conservation will kick off with a program titled “Plott Balsams Business Case…
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 13:58

Birders bring Africa to Highlands

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Highlands will get a chance to experience South Africa through a presentation from Jim and Ellen Shelton, long-time birders whose…
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 13:57

Jump on the Jackson farm, garden and studio tour

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More than a dozen farmers and gardeners will be featured in the annual Jackson County Farm Tour coming up July…
Water quality, aquatic habitats and outdoor recreation will see a boost in Haywood County thanks to $132,000 in new grants…
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 13:55

Battle for the brookie

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As the only native trout in North Carolina, brook trout is a well-loved fish, but it’s fallen on some hard…
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 13:55

Rare wetland habitat to get an upgrade

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A three-acre wetland near Cherokee Central Schools will get $25,000 worth of restoration work thanks to a grant that Great…
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 13:54

Growing native in Highlands

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A slate of programs July 23-25 at the Highlands Biological Foundation will highlight the benefits of gardening with native plants,…
Haywood Community College student Logan Hawks recently placed third in the nation in the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series Collegiate Lumberjack Competition.…
Wednesday, 09 July 2014 04:08

Outdoors events for kids

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Kids program offers chance to touch bones, or delve into digestion Haywood Public Library will get more than skin deep…
Wednesday, 09 July 2014 04:00

Nantahala Lake gives up record-breaking fish

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Nantahala Lake spawned two state fishing records within a week during the month of June. Until now, the state record…
Wednesday, 09 July 2014 03:51

Trout tournament coming up in Cherokee

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The annual Cherokee Dog Days Fishing Tournament will be held in Cherokee again July 18-19, with $10,000 in cash prizes…
Wednesday, 09 July 2014 03:50

New map and website highlight Swain fishing

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A new website and brochure highlight all the fishing opportunities available in Swain County.
Wednesday, 09 July 2014 03:46

Mountain Wildlife Days returns to Sapphire Valley

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The 11th annual Mountain Wildlife Days will take over Sapphire Valley Resort near Cashiers, N.C. June 18-19, activities ranging from…
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 13:32

Local water supplies get state recognition

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Maggie Valley Sanitary District and the town of Waynesville got props from the N.C. Division of Water Resources for an…
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 13:32

WNC groups demand state fracking hearing closer to home

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A coalition of 17 organizations based in Western North Carolina is calling for a public hearing somewhere in the western…
The next public meeting in the forest plan revision process for Pisgah and Nantahala national forests is planned for 8…
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 13:29

WNC trails hit the app store

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A new app for iPhone and Android will give hikers a guide to more than 300 hikes in the mountains…
The Hemlock Restoration Initiative is seeking proposals to turn $50,000 worth of grant funding into a win in the battle…
Part contest, part festival, part education and part science, the 2014 Discover Life in America BioBlitz will bring citizens and…
Wednesday, 25 June 2014 14:13

Smokies elk get new tracking collars

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Biologists will get a boost in monitoring Smokies elk populations, thanks to a $13,720 grant Friends of the Smokies received…
Wednesday, 25 June 2014 14:12

Horse exhibition to benefit Panthertown

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A horse exhibition hosted by Friends of Panthertown from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 28, will raise money…
Wednesday, 25 June 2014 14:11

American chestnut restoration showcased at Cataloochee

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Visitors are invited to check on the progress of the American chestnut restoration effort at Cataloochee Ranch in Haywood County…
Wednesday, 25 June 2014 14:11

Franklin man inducted to A.T. Hall of Fame

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Franklin has a hall-of-famer following the induction of Rev. Rufus Morgan into the Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame earlier this…
The Grammy Award-winning bluegrass band Steep Canyon Rangers gathered on the Blue Ridge Parkway this spring, instruments in hand, to…
Wednesday, 18 June 2014 14:14

Libraries bring science and nature to life for kids

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Libraries across the mountains are in summer mode with a robust lineup of educational programs for kids. Special guests will…
Wednesday, 18 June 2014 14:13

Get your race on with Haywood Waterways

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Haywood Waterways is now selling “trout” to compete in their annual Trout Race held at 5 p.m. on June 22…
Wednesday, 18 June 2014 14:08

Comments open on coyote hunting in red wolf territory

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Comments are open regarding a proposed prohibition on coyote hunting in a five-county area in northeastern North Carolina. The area…
Wednesday, 18 June 2014 14:07

Foraging field day in Cashiers

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Famed Asheville forager Alan Muskat will answer all your burning questions about forest foods during the next installment of the…
Wednesday, 11 June 2014 14:35

Nature-inspired poetry readings held in Waynesville

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Michael Beadle, a local poet and educator, will read poetry that speaks to the mystery of nature and wildness 4…