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Wednesday, 16 January 2013 00:00

Deputy superintendent retires from GSMNP

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Kevin FitzGerald, deputy superintendent of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park since 2006, retired this month after 34 years with…
Wednesday, 16 January 2013 00:00

Haywood Waterways to launch endowment fundraising campaign

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The Haywood Waterways Association has named their endowment fund the “Joetta Rinehart Endowment Fund” in honor of one of the…
Wednesday, 16 January 2013 00:00

Lake Junaluska a top spot for winter birding

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The Highlands Plateau chapter of the Audubon Society will go birding at Lake Junaluska on Monday, Jan. 21, to mark…
Wednesday, 09 January 2013 00:00

Food cables help backpackers ward off bears

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The Appalachian Trail Conservancy has provided $800 from its specialty license plate funds to help secure backpackers’ food from bears…
Wednesday, 09 January 2013 00:00

New soil and water expert named

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Waynesville native John Ottinger has been named District Conservationist for the Haywood and Madison counties Soil and Water Conservation District.
Wednesday, 02 January 2013 04:10

Local food on the rise

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Last year was a promising year for local food production and farm education in WNC, according to the Appalachian Sustainable…
Wednesday, 02 January 2013 04:03

Contest captures state’s natural beauty

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The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has announced the winners of the eighth annual Wildlife in North Carolina magazine outdoor photo…
Wednesday, 02 January 2013 03:59

Forests and water could be doomed in 2060

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A comprehensive U.S. Forest Service report released last month examines how expanding populations, increased urbanization, and changing land-use patterns could…
Wednesday, 26 December 2012 14:58

Classes and workshops

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Wildlife program seeks help with classes Wild South’s Wildlife Outreach Initiative, along with Mountain Wildlife Days, are in the process…
Wednesday, 26 December 2012 14:54

Ready, set, ski! Races begin at Catalaoochee

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Cataloochee Ski Area is opening its winter race series beginning 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, for middle school competitors, followed…
Wednesday, 26 December 2012 14:50

New hiker shelter finished on the AT

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Hikers of the Appalachian Trail now have a new shelter where they can rest their bones. The U.S. Forest Service…
Wednesday, 19 December 2012 00:00

Foundation makes year-end push for one donation per mile

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The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation has once again launched a year-end fundraising campaign called the 469 Challenge. Inspired by the…
Wednesday, 19 December 2012 00:00

Project to engage farmers in biofuel industry

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A $130,000 grant from The Biofuels Center of North Carolina is providing seed money aimed at developing the clean energy…
Wednesday, 19 December 2012 00:00

Franklin Young Professionals awarded for trash pick-up

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The Franklin Young Professionals were recently awarded a plaque for their participation in the N.C. Big Sweep river cleanup this…
Wednesday, 19 December 2012 00:00

Historic Appalachian Trail shelter gets a lift

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The Nantahala Hiking Club recently renovated an 80-year-old Appalachian Trail shelter about a mile north of Burningtown Gap in Macon…
Wednesday, 12 December 2012 15:05

REI grant used to save Chimney Tops trail in the Smokies

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Recreational Equipment Inc. donated $5,000 to support the Smokies Trails Forever program and helped fund a crew and 106 volunteers…
Wednesday, 12 December 2012 15:03

New speciality plate looking for support

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Show your support for the Mountain to Sea Trail by being one of the first 300 people to buy a…
Wednesday, 12 December 2012 15:02

Appalachian Trail ambassadors sought

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The Appalachian Trail Conservancy seeks to fill 15 volunteer positions as Appalachian Trail community ambassadors. These ambassadors will support the AT…
Wednesday, 12 December 2012 14:58

Gear Guide 2012: Blackrock Outdoor Company

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Hammocks by Eagle’s Nest Outfitters — $55 to $80 These hammocks are a great gift for anyone simply looking to…
Wednesday, 12 December 2012 14:56

Gear Guide 2012: Nantahala Outdoor Center Wesser

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GoPro Hero3 Camera: Black Edition — $400 If you’re tired of showing boring vacation photographs and videos to friends and…
Wednesday, 12 December 2012 14:55

Gear Guide 2012: Outdoor 76 Franklin

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Outdoor 76 t-shirts and “828” caps — $22 to $26 If you fish local, hike local or kayak local, then…
Wednesday, 12 December 2012 14:54

Gear guide 2012: Mast General Store

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Sawyer Squeeze Filter — $60 This may be the best, and last water filter, you ever buy. The new filter…
Wednesday, 05 December 2012 14:59

Little Tennessee heralded for wildlife spotting

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The Little Tennessee River in Macon County landed a spot on the N.C. Wildlife Federation’s “top nine” list of spots…
Wednesday, 05 December 2012 14:58

Is the chestnut making a comeback?

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Volunteers and scientists planted 200 American chestnut seedlings in the Nantahala National Forest that are hopefully blight resistant in efforts…
Wednesday, 05 December 2012 14:57

Land trust protects entrance to protected area

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In November the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy purchased 89 acres at the southern end of the Yellow Mountain State Natural…
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 14:15

Christmas bird count is counting on you

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Tune up your listening ears and wipe down the binoculars: the Highlands Plateau Audubon Society is calling all birders to…
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 14:12

Red wolf exhibit gets upgrades at WNC Nature Center

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A $50,000 grant will fund improvements to the red wolf exhibit and build a covered pavilion at the Western North…
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 14:11

Hometown biologist honored for saving quail

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A biologist with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, who hails from Haywood County and has played a leading role in…
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 14:10

Mingus Creek and more on guided hike

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A guided hike of the Mingus Creek Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will be held Saturday, Dec.…
After four endangered red wolves were killed by hunters who possibly mistook them for coyotes while night hunting, a North…
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 14:03

Park bracing for devastation of ash trees

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The first backcountry emerald ash borer infestation has been confirmed in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Wednesday, 21 November 2012 13:53

Feast your eyes on wild turkey facts

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The domestic, farm-raised turkey most Americans eat on Thanksgiving Day is nothing like the wild turkey feasted on by the…
Wednesday, 21 November 2012 13:49

Tuscola wins annual FFA dirt competition

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Tuscola High School students placed first among the 13 competing teams at the 2012 Area Land Judging contest hosted earlier…
Wednesday, 21 November 2012 13:48

Funding helps turn teachers into rangers

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Friends of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park has received a $12,000 grant from Verizon to empower teachers with science…
Wednesday, 14 November 2012 00:00

Discussion focuses on climate change and the Appalachians

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A discussion about the local effects of climate change and development will be held at the historic Rickman Store near…
Wednesday, 14 November 2012 00:00

Community asked to weigh in on regional bike plan

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The Land-of-Sky Regional Council will host a round of community input meetings Nov. 5 through Dec. 6 to gather input…
Wednesday, 14 November 2012 00:00

Residents recognized for land stewardship and research

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Two environmentalists were honored by the Franklin-based Land Trust for the Little Tennessee at its annual celebration Nov. 3 in…
Wednesday, 14 November 2012 00:00

Cherokee 5k to benefit cancer support group

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The annual Cherokee Choices 5k Run, Walk or Roll will be held at noon on Saturday, Nov. 17, at the…
Wednesday, 14 November 2012 00:00

Backpacking 101 held Nov. 17 in Cullowhee

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Novice outdoor adventurers can learn the basics of wilderness excursion at a 45-minute workshop beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday,…
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 00:00

Stranded hiker rescued from national park backcountry

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A hiker stranded on the Appalachian Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was successfully evacuated by rescuers last…
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 00:00

A WCU campus run with a twist and a message

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Western Carolina University, as part of its Love Your Body Week, will hold a station run on campus at 4:30…
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 00:00

Lily effort takes root around WCU

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An effort to re-establish a favorite local flower while also growing a scholarship fund at Western Carolina University is off…
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 00:00

Diamond Brand partners to produce outdoor rec website

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Asheville retailer Diamond Brand Outdoors has partnered with RootsRated.com to introduce a new, locally-sourced digital outdoor recreation guide for the…
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 00:00

New trout website aims to hook anglers

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The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has fired up its new trout fishing webpage, which provides useful information for trout anglers…
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 00:00

Fourth-graders conquer Appalachian trails on hiking trip

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More than 70 fourth-graders and parents trekked across the Appalachians in Macon County as part of an annual student trip…
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 00:00

Trails initiative seeks input from Haywood residents

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A public workshop focusing on ideas for Haywood County trails that could become part of a Regional Trails Plan will…
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 00:00

Water stewardship videos shown in Swain

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Four short videos that are part of a Watershed Film Series titled “It’s Our Water” will be shown the evening…
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 00:00

An easy, historical hike on the Carolina side of the Smokies

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Hikers can participate in a leisurely, guided hike Saturday, Nov. 17, on the North Carolina side of the Great Smoky…
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 00:00

Guided hikes continue as fall gives way to winter

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Hike amidst flowing creeks and historic remnants along the Smokemont Loop Trail on a guided hike through the Great Smoky…