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Wednesday, 23 February 2011 21:11

Area grants support mountain initiatives

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The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership has awarded a new round of grants to preserve and promote Western North…
The WNC Agricultural Options program recently awarded $326,000 in grants to help farmers diversify and for joint marketing and distribution…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 21:09

Franklin Bird Club to host warbler talk

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The Franklin Bird Club will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 28, at the Macon County Public Library. Artist, illustrator…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 21:09

Native pond group to form in WNC

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Interested in being part of a native pond society? Carol and Bob Grytten of Haywood County are gauging interest in…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 21:07

Haywood on the road to being a bike-friendly

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Haywood County wants to create the county’s first-ever comprehensive bicycle plan. The county is now accepting proposals from consultants interested…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 21:06

Pisgah Fly Masters readies for annual competition

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The fourth annual Pisgah Fly Masters fly-fishing tournament, sponsored by the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education and Davidson River Outfitters,…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 21:05

Highlands Biological Station honored for science contributions

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Highlands Biological Station in April has received a partnership award in science, mathematics and technology education from the N.C. Science,…
A restoration project to improve fish passage on streams feeding into the Little Tennessee watershed finished last month on Bradley…
If you are looking for a trail race — with the emphasis on “race” — the Assault on Black Rock…
Wednesday, 16 February 2011 21:02

Wildlife Club to host community potluck

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The Wildlife Club at Haywood Community College will hold a fundraiser at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25. The dinner/potluck will…
Wednesday, 16 February 2011 21:01

Erosion-control training for earth movers

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Two soil erosion-control trainings are available to contractors in Western North Carolina in early March. One is classroom-based and free,…
Wednesday, 16 February 2011 21:00

Master Gardeners offers jump start on spring landscaping

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Order forms for edible bushes and other plants are now available from the Haywood County Master Gardener Association. Plants available…
Wednesday, 16 February 2011 20:58

New fishing opportunities for handicapped children

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There’s a new handicapped-accessible fishing pier in Western North Carolina, located at the Charles D. Owen Park in Buncombe County.…
Wednesday, 16 February 2011 20:58

Help restore the Cherokees’ rivercane

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Volunteers are needed to help transplant rivercane from near Western Carolina University to a site near Cherokee as part of…
Wednesday, 16 February 2011 20:56

NOC donates gear to wounded veterans

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Nantahala Outdoor Center is donating nearly $5,000 worth of paddling equipment for the recovery of injured military veterans. The donation…
Wednesday, 16 February 2011 20:55

Get friendly with stream life with WATR

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“Saving our Streams” movie night and classroom bug exploration is set for Feb. 24 from 6:30-7:45 p.m. at the Grove…
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 21:08

New staffer in Jackson conservation group

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The Wilderness Society recently appointed Jill Gottesman as outreach coordinator in an effort to increase conservation efforts in North Carolina.…
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 21:08

Smokies road status now available via texts or twitter

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Travelers can sign-up to receive status updates about the Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s most frequently used roads via text…
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 21:07

Watch for crossing fish

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You’ve heard of deer crossings? Well, fish need crossings too, the Little Tennessee Watershed Association announced recently after the Franklin-based…
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 21:06

Focused efforts to save hemlocks showing promise

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Good news on the hemlock front — the U.S. Forest Service reports it has had some success in ongoing efforts…
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 21:05

State grants commission new power

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Starting March 1, the executive director of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will have the power of implementing an emergency…
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 21:05

Ease pain of income tax by helping wildlife

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Whether you love to hunt, fish, bird watch, or just want to do your part to ensure that wildlife in…
The rest of the economy might have suffered, but a couple of snowy winters are adding up to big bucks…
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 16:26

Malady deadly to bats found in North Carolina

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White-nose syndrome, the disease that has killed hundreds of thousands of bats in the Eastern United States, has been discovered…
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 21:21

Informal camping club needs members

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In the hunt for an informal camping club with no annual dues and no actual meetings except for actually going…
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 21:20

Free guide available to managing invasive plants

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The U.S. Forest Service is distributing free copies of a new guide, titled “A Management Guide for Invasive Plants in…
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 21:19

Conservation group seeking feedback

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Wild South, a regional nonprofit that works to restore the South’s natural landscapes, wants help on accessing wildlife resources. An…
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 21:19

Registration open for Maggie Moonlight Race

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Runners can register now for one of Western North Carolina’s most storied summer road races. Registration for the Maggie Valley…
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 21:18

Trees, berries order to benefit 4-H

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The Swain County Cooperative Extension is now taking orders for 3- to 4-foot apple, pear and peach trees, along with…
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 21:16

Wildlife Commission reaffirms support for hunting with dogs

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The Commissioners of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission unanimously adopted a resolution recently reaffirming the agency’s longstanding support for hunting…
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 21:10

New wilderness area near Highlands unlikely

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The situation doesn’t look promising for the formation of a new wilderness area in the Nantahala National Forest, the dream…
Tuesday, 01 February 2011 21:15

Gardening for a cause

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The Sylva Community Garden project is seeking new members to join for the upcoming season. Plots of 15-feet by 30-feet…
Wednesday, 26 January 2011 21:25

Agrarians: Learn to write a business plan

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Mountain Bizworks wants to help farmers and would-be farmers looking to turn an idea into a practical business plan. The…
Wednesday, 26 January 2011 21:24

State slashes power bill

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A mandate to cut electricity use in state government buildings has saved North Carolina tax payers $55.3 million last fiscal…
Wednesday, 26 January 2011 21:23

Reel basics class set for Pisgah Center

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Learn the ins and outs of the fly fishing rod and reel from 10 a.m. until noon Jan. 29 at…
Wednesday, 26 January 2011 21:23

Soccer for big kids

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Co-ed soccer for adults will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday nights starting Jan. 26 at the Old…
Wednesday, 26 January 2011 21:22

Podcast spreads the word about threat to Smokies’ bats

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A podcast released by Great Smoky Mountains National Park outlines efforts to save bats from White-nose syndrome, a potentially fatal…
Rafting outfitters in the Nantahala Gorge have arrived at a compromise with summer camps and colleges vying for the chance…
Wednesday, 19 January 2011 20:10

Want more bike lanes? This survey is for you

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If you like to bike, but don’t like how few bike lanes there are in your community, now’s the chance…
Wednesday, 19 January 2011 20:09

Motorcycle maps make parkway sidetrips a breeze

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A new series of maps designed for motorcycle riders chronicle the side trips and excursions along the Blue Ridge Parkway.…
Wednesday, 19 January 2011 20:08

New mountain bike trails at Jackrabbit

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After years of hard work by the mountain bike community, a new system of trails at Jackrabbit Recreation Area on…
Wednesday, 19 January 2011 20:06

Plott Hound exhibit hits the road

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Anyone who missed the historical exhibit on the Plott Hound at Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center has through April…
Wednesday, 19 January 2011 20:05

Agritourism no longer a newfangled venture

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Farmers interesting in tapping the potential of agritourism can attend an all-day workshop on Thursday, Jan. 27, at Cataloochee Ranch…
Runners who need a little inspiration to stay in shape this winter can now look toward a new half marathon…
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 13:37

Frog Awareness Program Offered at the Cradle of Forestry

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A February program at the Cradle of Forestry will explore how frogs come out of their hiding places to find…
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 13:37

Shooting range sidelined by opposition

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The U.S. Forest Service has backed off a proposed shooting range in Clay County following public opposition. The forest service…
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 13:36

Downhill racing season heats up at Cataloochee

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The ski racing season kicked off at Cataloochee Ski Area last week. More than 200 skiers and snowboarders from middle…
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 13:34

After-school ski program includes a ride to Cataloochee

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An after-school ski and snowboard program for middle school students will be held Thursday afternoons starting Jan. 27 and running…
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 13:34

Study shows growth in recycling jobs

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The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources released a study this week showing strong growth in recycling jobs in…