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A.J. Rowell of Cullowhee is ticking off the miles on his transcontinental bike ride from the Arctic Ocean back home to Jackson County. Rowell posts regular dispatches from his journey on his blog, entertaining readers with both his adventures and…
Wednesday, 22 August 2007 00:00

A telling tale

“Gambling on a Ghost Bird” in the current issue of the journal Science (www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/5840/888/F1 - there’s a $10 fee) regarding the “rediscovery” of the ivory-billed woodpecker in 2004 and the subsequent lack of documentation, makes for a very interesting read.
The King of the Smokies sprint and international distance triathlons will be held at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center on Sept. 1.
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 14:53

Talk looks at learning outside the classroom

Dr. Karen Kandl, associate director at the Highlands Biological Station, will speak on “Biodiversity of the Southern Appalachians: Learning outside of the classroom” at 7 p.m. on Aug. 23. Kandl has extensive experience teaching outside of the classroom and believes that…
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 14:52

Labor Day LakeAlooza party at Fontana Village

Fontana Village Resort will host a LakeAlooza party on Labor Day weekend. A full day of water activities at Fontana Marina begins at noon on Sept. 1 and includes a burgers and hotdog cookout, friendly competition lake games such as…
This American Land, a new weekly half-hour series that delves into key environmental issues, is now airing on UNC-TV every Thursday at 9:30 p.m. The show focuses on issues affecting the nation’s national heritage, and segments for the upcoming season…
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 14:49

High school students complete WCU bike trek

Eleven high school students from Western North Carolina had an opportunity to learn about biology and ecology this summer as they participated in “Life-Cycle,” a 200-mile exploration by bicycle offered through Western Carolina University’s Project Discovery-Talent Search Program.
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 14:46

Volunteer needed at Oconaluftee

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is recruiting volunteers to help the park staff by roving the River Trail, Mountain Farm Museum and fields along U.S. 441 (Newfound Gap Road) and providing visitors with useful park information regarding regulations such…
A field photography program that includes four Wednesday morning shoots, three evening group critiques and field discussions will be held Sept. 4-Oct. 2.
It’s amazing what can happen in just 60 minutes. Each year, the Friends Across the Mountains telethon showcases inspiring images and stories from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and each year individuals, local businesses, and foundations provide necessary support…
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 14:39

DuPont forest trip for seniors

The Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department will offer a trip for seniors to DuPont State Forest near Brevard on Sept. 12. The trip will leave from the Waynesville Recreation Center at 10:30 a.m. and return by 4 p.m.  DuPont contains…
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 14:39

Interactive fishing map released

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission recently added a new interactive map to its website that identifies more than 500 public fishing areas across the state, many of which are owned or managed by the commission. The map allows users to…
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 14:39

Plant-insect symbiosis focus of hike

Blue Ridge Parkway rangers will lead a “Sweet Summer Nectar” hike to the meadow near Sams Knob beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 17. The easy to moderate, 2.5-mile round-trip hike will focus on the relationship between summer wildflowers…
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 14:37

Stoked for storks

As we started over the bridge on the Isle of Palms Connector, I noticed a line of large black and white birds through the pine trees. “Gourd heads,” I must have said out loud, because my wife said, “What?” “Wood…
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 14:35

AT celebrates 75 years

As the legend goes, Earl Shaffer, the first man to hike the Appalachian Trail from end-to-end in 1948, used leather footwear without socks. He only sprinkled foot powder in his boots each morning — some say he used sand —…
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 13:41

Haywood youngsters get lesson on trash

The Commission for a Clean County debuted its new project called KEEP IT CLEAN! at Riverbend Elementary School in Haywood County last week. The “Litter Troll,” dressed in white with a mop on her head and litter pinned all over…
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 13:40

4-H Club comes center stage

Youth with the 4-H Livestock Club in Haywood County will be front and center at the county fair this weekend in the numerous livestock shows held over the fair’s four-day run. In addition to showing their own goats, sheep and…
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 13:40

Serving it up farm fresh

Chef Chris Dole will be creating dishes to sample using farm fresh, in-season foods from vendors at the Jackson County Farmers Market this Saturday, Aug. 25, for the annual “Taste of the Market” celebration. Growers will also be serving up…
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 13:39

Maggie Valley Moonlight Run set for Saturday

Runners will kick up their heels down the main drag of Maggie Valley this Saturday evening in the annual night-time Maggie Valley Moonlight Run.
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 13:37

Panthertown calling volunteers

Volunteers are needed to lend a hand this Saturday, August 25, for the trails of Panthertown Valley, a popular and scenic area of the Nantahala National Forest near Cashiers. Friends of Panthertown is sponsoring the workday to prune back overgrowth…
A nature discovery trail along Scott’s Creek in Dillsboro has been two years in the making and the Watershed Association of the Tuckaseigee River is now urging the public to come see the fruits of their labor.
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 13:34

Kephart Days pays tribute to Smokies icon

The life and contributions of Horace Kephart, an outdoor writer, folklorist and founder of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, will be remembered and celebrated with the annual Kephart Days in Bryson City Sept. 7-9.
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 13:33

Guided bird walk to be held in Sapphire

A 2.5-mile bird walk around Fairfield Lake in Sapphire will be led by two expert birders with the Highlands Plateau Audubon Society chapter on Saturday, August 25. Meet at the Highlands Town Hall parking lot near the public restrooms at…
A Western Carolina University professor studying social behavior of birds will present findings of his latest research at 7:30 p.m. Monday, August 27, at the Highlands Civic Center. The program is being hosted by Highlands Plateau Audubon Society chapter. Dr.…
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 13:32

Telethon rallies funding support for Smokies

Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park raised $192,157 last week during the annual “Friends Across the Mountains” telethon broadcast on WLOS locally as well as stations in Tennessee. “As far as I am aware, the Smokies is the only…
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 13:31

It’s in the wind

I was outside with Maddie (6) the other afternoon and there was a gentle breeze. “Daddy, doesn’t it smell like autumn?” she asked. And it did. In fact, I had just had the same sensation only didn’t mention it because…
Frank King is on a mission to find the perfect meat. King, the owner of King Bio Natural Medicine, holistic pharmaceutical company based in Asheville, is testing and researching different types of animals that will prosper in the Western North…
As the small, all-terrain vehicle drew near, the buffalo snorted and then lowered its massive head. It shuffled its feet, kicking up red dust into the Western North Carolina wind. “Don’t worry,” said Mike Ellington, manager of a buffalo ranch…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 13:09

Ginseng harvest gets underway in WNC

It’s ginseng time in the mountains of Western North Carolina, and the U.S. Forest Service is reminding visitors to national forest land that permits are required for harvesting these rare and valuable plants. Forest Service officials estimate that up to…
The Blue Ridge Parkway is increasing enforcement efforts against the illegal use of radio tracking equipment by hunters. The only legal use of radio telemetry on the Blue Ridge Parkway is to assist hunters in retrieving dogs that are no…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 13:07

Arboretum hosts dahlia show, craft day

The North Carolina Arboretum will host two events to end the summer and kick off fall — the 26th annual Carolinas Dahlia Society Show will take place Sept. 8 and 9, and Carolina Craft Day will be held on Sept.…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 13:05

Smokies seeks volunteer patrollers

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is seeking volunteers to assist rangers during the increased fall visitation period in Cataloochee Valley from mid-September until Oct. 31.
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 13:04

Star gazing event near Maggie Valley

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is hosting a stargazing event Sept. 7 at one of Haywood County’s clearest views of the sky - Purchase Knob, located off U.S. 276 near Maggie Valley. The Astronomy Club of Asheville will lead…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 13:03

Family canoe event scheduled

The fourth annual Old Cullowhee Canoe Slalom is scheduled to begin Sept. 8 at 9 a.m., just upstream from the bridge in Old Cullowhee. This is a family-friendly competition for amateur paddlers on a calm section of the Tuckasegee River.…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 13:02

New river access opened in Whittier

Public access to the popular Tuckasegee River will improve when Duke Energy opens the new Whittier Access Area Sept. 1.   The site is located at River Mile 20.6 or 120 Church St. in Whittier. This new public boat access…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 13:01

First-ever releases on the Upper Nanty

The first-ever scheduled recreational whitewater releases on the upper Nantahala River — scheduled for Sept. 29-30 — will offer advanced and expert paddlers the opportunity to experience Class IV and V rapids in two separate runs. The uppermost section —…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 13:01

HCC to hold sawmill operation auction Sept. 22

Haywood Community College will hold a sawmill operation auction at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22, at the college. The auction will include the sale of a complete band sawmill, circular sawmill, and planer operation. Thad Woods Auction is handling…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 13:00

Symposium on carnivorous plants

Carnivorous plants will be highlighted at the annual Native Plant Symposium at the Highlands Botanical Garden Sept. 13-15.
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 12:59

Series finale focuses on nocturnal adaptations

The nocturnal adaptations of plants and animals will be the subject of the final Zahner series lecture at 7 p.m. on Aug. 30 at the Highlands Nature Center. The discussions will be led by Dr. Jennifer Frick-Ruppert from Brevard College.…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 12:57

A grand gorge

Somewhere in the deep reaches of Sugar and/or Grandfather Mountains, seeps, rivulets and trickles begin to mingle and grow and slide over the hard rocks coalescing into the headwaters of the Linville River. The river slips over the rocks and…
The steep-walled gorge of Nantahala River may be one of the best spots to host a world class, extreme kayak competition — at least that’s what the organizers of the upcoming 2012 International Canoe Federation Freestyle World Cup final are…
Wednesday, 15 August 2007 00:00

Hot stuff

An unplanned trip to Louisiana the first weekend in August sent us to the land of the heat-index factor. Of course, Louisiana in August is supposed to be hot and we weren’t disappointed with temperatures climbing to the high 90s…
By Michael Beadle Maggie Valley’s annual running event is only days away, and it looks to be regaining its reputation as one of Western North Carolina’s biggest races. As of last week, the number of registrants for the Maggie Valley…
Wednesday, 08 August 2007 00:00

Slaying the coal dinosaurs

Abattle over antiquated coal plants that started in North Carolina landed in the U.S. Supreme Court this year, setting precedent nationwide for whether utilities should clean-up old plants.
Wednesday, 08 August 2007 00:00

Alternative science

Although my series on alternative fuels is done, I think I will stay in the alternative universe. Science, which is defined as the observation, identification, description, experimental investigation and theoretical explanation of phenomena, is based on adherence to the scientific…
By Michael Beadle Ron Davis is tracking a very special timber rattlesnake along a road at Balsam Mountain Preserve in Jackson County. In late July, the snake was released back into its habitat after undergoing surgery to have a transmitter…
Wednesday, 01 August 2007 00:00

Care and feeding of a healthy septic system

By Kathleen Lamont One doesn’t usually give their septic system a second thought — until the day that you walk into the bathroom and see the bathtub filling up with sewage. It’s Saturday and you’ve never had a problem with…
Wednesday, 01 August 2007 00:00

Alternative ramblings

I don’t know the source but in my college days there was an aphorism — “If you can’t dazzle ‘em with brilliance, baffle ‘em with BS.” There appears to be a lot of baffling going on in the alternative fuel…
Wednesday, 05 September 2012 03:05

Adult soccer league sign-up in Haywood

Sign-ups are underway for an adult soccer league in Haywood County. The league is run by Haywood County Recreation & Parks and includes an open league and a women’s-only league. Games will be played on Sunday afternoons at Allens Creek…
Wednesday, 05 September 2012 03:04

Freestyle paddlers converge on the Gorge

The 2012 Freestyle Kayaking World Cup Champion will culminate Sept. 7-9 on the Nantahala River with athletes from more than 17 countries and five continents. Competition will go from about 10 a.m. to around 7 p.m. each day. Spectators can…
Wednesday, 05 September 2012 03:04

Spring into fall with Cherokee Harvest run

The Cherokee Harvest Half-Marathon and 5K will be held at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, in Cherokee. Both races will start and finish on the stadium track at the Acquoni Expo Center. The 5K is flat and travels through the…
Wednesday, 05 September 2012 03:02

5K paired with WCU’s Mountain Heritage Day

A 5K race will be held at Western Carolina University at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, as part of festivities for the annual Mountain Heritage Day festival. 
A 34-acre tract along the Blue Ridge Parkway near Waynesville has been preserved, protecting important views along the scenic road from encroaching development in the future.
Wednesday, 05 September 2012 03:00

A smorgasboard of sustainablity how-to’s

The Southern Green Living Expo will offer a weekend of solution-based, interactive, family oriented events on a host of environmental topics aimed at sustainable living Sept. 14-16 in Asheville. Hundreds of exhibitors, workshops and demontrations will show people how to…
Wednesday, 05 September 2012 03:00

Town of Waynesville holds fall mulch sale

The town of Waynesville will hold a compost and mulch sale Sept. 20-22 and Sept. 27-29 from 8 a.m. to noon each day. A pick-up truck load of compost is $10 and double-ground mulch is $10 for a small pick-up…
Wednesday, 05 September 2012 02:59

GSMA to convene in Bryson City

The Great Smoky Mountains Association will gather for three days of hiking, special programs and camaraderie in Bryson City Sept. 14-16. Outings will include an early morning bird walk and a fern walk, as well as talks on the Smokies’…
Wednesday, 05 September 2012 02:58

Farmer’s market come to Cullowhee

A new farmer’s market has joined the local food scene in the mountains. The ‘Whee Farmer’s Market in Cullowhee community of Jackson County is open Wednesday night from 5 p.m. until dusk through October. All locally grown and produced plants,…
Wednesday, 05 September 2012 02:57

Swap insight with top trail hounds

Trail advocates from several states will converge for the Southeastern Foot Trails Coalition annual gathering Sept. 20-23 at Falls Creek Falls State Park outside Chattanooga, Tenn. The conference features a packed line-up of speakers, group hikes and workshops.  Some of…
Trail users are invited to share their ideas for a comprehensive regional trail plan at a public workshop from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.  Thursday, Sept. 13, at the Jackson County Library.  In particular, the regional trail plan will identify trail…
Wednesday, 05 September 2012 02:56

Friends of the Smokies trek to Big Creek

A guided hike along picturesque cascades of Big Creek in the Haywood County section of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will be held Thursday, Sept. 20.
Photos of wildlife and special places taken by members of the Highlands Plateau Audubon Society will be shared during a special program at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10, in Highlands. The evening will include a presentation of Ed Boos of…
Go behind the scenes at the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute during a special program held from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 14. Tours of the campus will include the new $1.3 million renovations to the Research Building, StarLab…
Wednesday, 05 September 2012 02:52

It’s bird-tember!

Those quiet mornings are starting to set in. Yesterday, the only morning chorister in full song, in my yard was a Carolina wren. My summer-hooded warbler could be heard occasionally, but it was like he was humming to himself. Immature…
The fight for survival is nothing new for high-elevation species in Southern Appalachia. After the glaciers receded at the end of the last Ice Age 10,000 years ago and temperatures warmed, remnants of a cold-weather forest in southern Appalachia were…
Wednesday, 25 July 2007 00:00

Conserving Fisher Creek

The steep slopes of the Fisher Creek watershed provided drinking water to the town of Sylva for many decades, from the 1920s until the early ‘90s. Spanning 1,100 acres on the Plott Balsams north of town, the watershed was off-limits…
Cherokee Middle School students have been getting a dose of hands-on science in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park this summer. Students in the Cherokee Science Investigation camp highlighted some of the exciting biological research that is occurring in the…
Wednesday, 25 July 2007 00:00

Hike to Pinnacle Peak

There are two ways to hike to Pinnacle Peak, renowned for its 360-degree views from the Plott Balsams. Option one: This route climbs steeply up the face of the mountain. Head north out of town on the Old Asheville Highway…
Wednesday, 25 July 2007 00:00

Pinnacle Park

The town of Sylva has nearly completed its goal of eternal preservation of the 1,100-acre Pinnacle Park in the Plott Balsam range but is still mulling over key decisions about the type of recreation they will allow in the park.
Wednesday, 25 July 2007 00:00

Old is new again

The diesel engine created by Rudolf Diesel was designed to run on biodiesel. The prototype demonstrated at the World Fair in Paris in 1853 ran on peanut oil but the glut of cheap oil and the rabid expansion of the…
Wednesday, 18 July 2007 00:00

Fuels down the pike

This week’s alternative fuels column will discuss three fuels (methanol, p-series and hydrogen) that all have one thing in common — unavailability. Two of these fuels’ futures look bleak but that could, of course, change with a wave of the…
By Michael Beadle More acid rain and invasive insect pests. Fewer trout in mountain streams. More “code red” days with poor air quality and less visibility. These are some of the dangers threatening the Great Smoky Mountains National Park if…
Wednesday, 11 July 2007 00:00

Keeping the wheels spinning

By Michael Beadle Local cyclists can rest assured that one of the region’s longest-running bicycle shops will be around for years to come as road biking and mountain biking continue to grow in popularity in Western North Carolina.
Wednesday, 11 July 2007 00:00

The Naturalist's Corner: Ethanol

Editor’s note: This is another in a series of columns by Don Hendershot about alternative energy Ethanol Ethanol is grain alcohol produced by fermenting biomass like corn. It was one of the first vehicle fuels produced in this country but…
The Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust and John Warren will lead an Eco Tour to Timber Ridge, part of the Warren Estate conservation easement near Highlands, on Sept. 20. Eco tours are $35 for new friends of the land trust and include…
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 13:07

Kids in the Creek invites community to take part

The 15th annual Kids in the Creek program for Haywood County eighth-graders will be held Sept.17-19 at the Canton Recreation Park.
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 13:07

Trout Unlimited brings conference to WNC

Trout fishermen from across the country will convene in Asheville this weekend for the Trout Unlimited annual conference Sept. 14-16. Friday’s speakers and conference topics will focus on Trout Unlimited current initiatives and projects around the nation. Saturday will focus…
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 13:06

Blaze a farm trail through the mountains

Farms across Western North Carolina will welcome the public to traipse through their fields, barns and greenhouses during the annual Farm Tour put on by Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project Sept. 22-23. The self-guided tour offers a chance for locals and…
Volunteers will rescue creeks and rivers from a tangle of accumulated trash that builds up along the banks and in the water during the upcoming Big Sweep. Now in its 25th year, all 50 states and more than 90 countries…
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 13:05

Get a taste of fishing, archery and shooting

National Hunting and Fishing Day will be celebrated with family-oriented outdoor events at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sept. 22. Hands-on, interactive exhibits and demonstrations give participants a chance to try their…
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 13:04

Potentially fatal disease could pose risk to deer

An outbreak of a disease spread by biting gnats has turned up deer populations in several foothill counties.
The adventure stories of several Jackson County residents is the subject of a new collection of exhibits and a program at 7 p.m. on Sept. 13 at the Jackson County Library in Sylva.
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 13:02

Inaugural Tuck River Festival set for Sept. 16

The inaugural Tuckasegee River Festival — “Fiddler on the River” — is sponsored by the Watershed Association of the Tuckasegee River and will be held from 2-6 p.m. on Sept. 16 at the Dillsboro Inn. Surrounded by three river front…
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 13:01

Restaurants take part in Parkway fundraiser

The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation will hold the first annual Plates for the Parkway event on Sept. 18 in which local restaurants will donate 10 percent of a day’s revenue to the foundation. Restaurants from communities along the 469 miles…
10 percent of Mast General Store sales in Waynesville on Sept. 15 will go to the Friends of the Smokies to help protect the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in significant, tangible ways. “Friends Day” will help support the organization…
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 13:00

Learn about growing organic broccoli

North Carolina State University is hosting a workshop on organic broccoli production from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sept. 19 at the Mountain Research Station on Test Farm Road in Waynesville. Learn about organic broccoli production including insect management, post-harvest techniques,…
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 12:59

Ginseng seminar offered in Sylva

The Jackson County Public Library in downtown Sylva will host Cooperative Extension agent Christy Bredenkamp for a free seminar on ginseng production for homeowners who desire to grow “sang.”  Topics covered will include state regulations for growing and hunting “sang,” plant physiology, present and…
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 12:58

Last splash

Everyone who woke up to 48 degrees Fahrenheit this morning knows that the days of “butts in the creek” are quickly fading for this year. Planning for the inevitable and being parents of kids who are, if not part fish…
Will it be a bomb, an oil shortage, energy grid damage or an electromagnetic pulse that renders America’s modern modes of transportation useless? Or will it be the collapse of modern society or simply the collapse of your bank account…
The Highlands-Cashiers Hospital Foundation will hold a breast cancer benefit 5K run/walk at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, in Highlands. The event will begin and end on the hospital campus. Pour Le Pink 5k will provide support for maintaining the…
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 14:19

Streak along the Tuck for a good cause

The annual Smoky Streak run will be held Saturday, Oct. 6, along the Tuckasegee River in Sylva to raise money for mammograms for women who otherwise couldn’t afford them. Both the 5K and 10K run will start and finish at…
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 14:18

Library to host local herbalist

Discover the world of herbs, from cooking to healing to the best ways to grow them, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, at the Jackson County Library in downtown Sylva. At this “make and take” workshop, local herbalist Becky Lipkin…
The Macon County Public Library will present “Hiking Through History” with Leanna Joyner at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, in the library’s meeting room. The presentation will cover the history of Civil War events in the mountains of Western North…
A film about three Appalachian Trail thru-hikers will be shown 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, at the REI in Asheville. The movie “Beauty Beneath the Dirt” follows the story of three young urbanites as they attempt to balance family, friendship,…
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 14:14

Celebrating 35 years of the Bartram Trail

The North Carolina Bartram Trail Society will celebrate its 35th anniversary on Saturday, Sept. 29, in Franklin with a program on “The Natural History of the Southern Appalachians” and a guided hike to the Cowee Mound.
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 14:13

Spotlight hunting of coyotes challenged

State wildlife officials have gone too far in their goal of putting a dent in the coyote population, particularly when it comes to allowing the practice of nighttime spotlight hunting, according to a federal lawsuit filed by several environmental groups.
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 14:12

Nantahala Hiking Club hosts family hiking day

The Nantahala Hiking Club, along with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, is holding a free “Family Hiking Day” on Saturday, Sept. 29, in the Nantahala National Forest outside Franklin. The event will introduce families to the outdoors and the fun of…
In an unprecedented move, the North Carolina Wildlife Federation has declined to honor a Legislator of the Year for the first time in the history of the organization’s 49-year-old Conservation Achievement Awards program. These awards are the highest conservation honors…
Visitors to Western North Carolina’s mountains can look forward to a good display of color this autumn, although some areas will enjoy brighter hues than others, predicts Kathy Mathews, Western Carolina University’s fall foliage forecaster and biology professor.
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 14:07

Monarchs migrate through WNC

A program called “Bring Back the Monarchs” will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Cradle of Forestry Discovery Center in the Pisgah National Forest.        The program, given by conservation specialists with the Monarch Watch program,…