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Wednesday, 11 September 2013 14:24

Buy gear and help the park’s friends

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Mast General Store is offering outdoor enthusiasts a way to get new gear while helping out the Great Smoky Mountains…
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 15:41

A great dam run

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The annual Dam Race at Fontana Dam — featuring a run over the top of the towering dam itself —…
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 15:40

Blue Ridge Breakaway a success

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Olympic silver-medalist Lauren Tamayo from Asheville was among the 460 riders from 18 states who pedaled the scenic roadways, byways…
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 15:39

Record rainfall, is it climate change?

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A program about climate change in Western North Carolina will explore how oldtimers and scientists alike view changing weather patterns…
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 15:39

New wildlife police boss in WNC

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The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has promoted Tim Sisk to the position of captain for the state’s western counties, covering…
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 15:38

Cherokee chief placed on wildlife resources board

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Michel Hicks, Principal chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, has been appointed a commissioner on the N.C. Wildlife…
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 15:37

Parkway reopens along damaged stretch

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The Blue Ridge Parkway has reopened a closed section of the motor road — from Ox Creek Road in Asheville…
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 15:35

Trail promises cemeteries and rapids

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Friends of the Smokies will host a guided, 9-mile roundtrip hike, Tuesday, Sept. 17, along Noland Creek Trail. The hike…
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 15:34

Paddlers ready to hit the Tuckasegee

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The Old Cullowhee Canoe Slalom, a family-friendly paddling competition on a calm section of the Tuckasegee River, is set for…
Wednesday, 28 August 2013 03:48

Dangerous levels of sewage found in WNC creek

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State and local officials are advising people to avoid contact with Long Creek in Graham County after recent water quality…
Wednesday, 28 August 2013 03:46

Movie touts benefits of local food

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A movie showing in Waynesville is asking folks to think hard about their food choices. The documentary-style movie “Fresh: New…
Wednesday, 28 August 2013 03:46

Lend your voice to trail plan vision

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Time is running out for trail users to offer input on a regional trail plan for the seven western counties…
Wednesday, 28 August 2013 03:45

Grants to help imperiled wildlife

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Nearly $800,000 in grants will fund research in North Carolina that investigates threats to various aquatic species and habitats in…
Wednesday, 28 August 2013 03:43

Learn ins and outs of seed saving

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Seed expert Keith Nicholson will cover the what, why and how of vegetable seeds and seed saving at 7 p.m.…
Wednesday, 28 August 2013 03:42

Input sought for park at Hall Mountain

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Community members are invited to attend upcoming public meetings to learn more about the use of the Hall Mountain Tract…
A storied estate in Cashiers, preserved for future generations, will be the destination of an upcoming ecotour.
Wednesday, 21 August 2013 14:05

Telethon draws support for national park

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Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park raised more than $200,000 through its “Friends Across the Mountains” telethon this year,…
Wednesday, 21 August 2013 14:05

NC native chosen for Smokies top spot

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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has found its next deputy superintendent in Patricia M. Wissinger. She replaces Kevin Fitzgerald,…
Wednesday, 21 August 2013 14:03

Cherokee exhibit puts culture center stage

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“Understanding our Past, Shaping our Future” is an exhibition that displays Cherokee language, culture and history through images, text and…
Wednesday, 21 August 2013 14:00

County fair gets bigger zoo for 2013

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The Haywood County Fair will feature a newly expanded zoo this year.
Wednesday, 21 August 2013 13:59

Haywood student best in state on conservation exam

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Tuscola senior Allie Dinwiddie won a $500 scholarship and $100 cash for making the top score on an exam during…
Wednesday, 21 August 2013 13:58

Old fire towers at risk of being forgotten

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North Carolina’s lookout towers once stood watch over our mountain forests. Now, they run the risk of becoming forgotten monuments…
Wednesday, 21 August 2013 13:57

Fall color forecast affected by the rain

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One of the wettest summers in Western North Carolina may mean less colorful fall foliage this year, unless autumn brings…
Plants are most commonly harvested for their food or appreciated for their beauty, however many plants in the Southern Appalachians…
Wednesday, 14 August 2013 14:04

Grant provides internships and science education

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Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park is expanding the park’s high school science internship program with the help of…
Wednesday, 14 August 2013 14:03

Smokies association throws a big party

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Moonshine tasting, auctions, hikes, talks, hunts, barbecue, dancing and star gazing are just a few of the activities planned for…
Wednesday, 14 August 2013 14:02

Panthertown party thanks volunteers

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Friends of Panthertown is hosting their annual picnic and concert this year Tuesday, Aug. 20, on Lake Fairfield at Camp…
Wednesday, 14 August 2013 14:01

Friends of the Smokies telethon seeks donations

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Friends of the Smokies will host a telethon to benefit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. 
Wednesday, 14 August 2013 14:00

Support the Highlands Botanical Garden

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Residents of Highlands established the Highlands Botanical Garden in 1962, to display the diverse array of Southern Appalachian plants. But…
Wednesday, 14 August 2013 13:58

Dillsboro to host ‘River Rescue Rodeo’

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In September, Dillsboro will host the Western North Carolina River Rescue Rodeo, a whitewater rescue competition.
Haywood County is kicking off its first-ever adult kickball league. The co-ed league games will be played at 2 and…
Wednesday, 07 August 2013 13:21

Forest-goers get new recreation map

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An updated recreation map of the Nantahala and Pisgah national forests is now available online. The U.S. Forest Service map…
Wednesday, 07 August 2013 13:18

Forest Service warns of deadly high waters

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The U.S. Forest Service is urging visitors to the Nantahala and Pisgah national forests to avoid swimming in the creeks,…
Wednesday, 07 August 2013 13:17

Catamounts gather for Volunteer Day

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Western Carolina University students, as part of a July 20 volunteer day, hauled loads of trash from the banks of…
Fall soccer season is approaching and Swain Youth Soccer Association is offering soccer for all skill types.
Wednesday, 07 August 2013 13:14

Researcher explores changing climate and salamanders

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The potential effects of climate change on the animals — salamanders in particular — of the Appalachian Mountains will be…
Wednesday, 07 August 2013 13:12

Wildlife commissioner seeks public reports of armadillos

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The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is asking the public to help document observations of nine-banded armadillos, as the bony-plated mammals…
Wednesday, 31 July 2013 14:27

Wooden bats only in Waynesville softball league

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The Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department will offer an old school, “wooden bat” softball league this summer. The organizational meeting…
Wednesday, 31 July 2013 14:27

Sylva man given state conservation award

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A retired Western Carolina University professor and Jackson County environmentalist has been given top honors for his work in education…
Wednesday, 31 July 2013 14:26

Students and teachers make the Smokies their classroom

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This summer was no waste for teachers and students who enrolled in a Great Smoky Mountains Park program that put…
Wednesday, 31 July 2013 14:24

Conservationist recognized for Dillsboro Dam work

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials have honored a Duke Energy scientist for his work in helping to restore aquatic…
Wednesday, 31 July 2013 14:23

Folkmoot center gardens get TLC

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Main Street Waynesville wasn’t the only place to get a spit and polish before visitors and performers from around the…
Wednesday, 31 July 2013 14:22

Take a journey into space and back in time

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The Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute will host a program about the role of the astronomical site in the Pisgah National…
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 14:26

Trout derby weekend in Cherokee

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Talking Trees Children’s Trout Derby is set for Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Oconaluftee River Islands Park in Cherokee. The…
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 14:25

Triathlon at Tsali

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The Tsali Challenge Triathlon will take place Saturday, July 27, and Sunday, July 28, at the Tsali Recreation Area outside…
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 14:21

AT video contest solicits submissions

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The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is accepting submissions for the “I am the Appalachian Trail” video contest, a nationwide search for…
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 14:20

Get your Breakaway jersey and pedal

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The Haywood Chamber of Commerce has released the 2013 Blue Ridge Breakaway jersey design. The Aug. 17 ride will feature…
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 14:20

Trail conservancy chooses new leader

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The Appalachian Trail Conservancy has a new executive director and CEO.
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 14:18

Smokies looks to include kids in hands-on science

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park is offering a citizen scientist program for a chance to be part of ongoing research…