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Wednesday, 15 September 2010 19:43

The Good, The Bad and The Deadly

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The Good, The Bad and The Deadly is one of five classes that will be offered by the Asheville Mushroom…
Wednesday, 15 September 2010 19:37

To catch a ginseng thief

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With the ginseng season just getting under way, federal and state law enforcement officers again are turning to cutting-edge technology…
Wednesday, 08 September 2010 13:29

The Naturalist's Corner

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Fall migration is heating up It looks like last week’s long-billed curlew was a harbinger of things to come. A…
Tuesday, 31 August 2010 20:18

WNC birders jolted from summer doldrums

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Birders are a restless, impatient lot. From the end of June till the end of August they walk around in…
Tuesday, 31 August 2010 20:16

Cataloochee Elk deemed a success

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Fans of the elk herd in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park would be surprised to learn that until now,…
Tuesday, 24 August 2010 19:44

Won one for the piper

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On Aug. 17, federal judge Royce C. Lambeth ruled that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s designation of critical habitat…
Tuesday, 17 August 2010 20:47

Overlooks in southern Appalachia

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High-elevation overlooks are one of our finest natural resources. These vantage points allow us to rise above our everyday humdrum…
Tuesday, 17 August 2010 20:38

The oil is gone! Long live the oil!

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A week or so ago White House energy adviser Carol Browner was hitting the morning TV circuit, telling anyone who…
Tuesday, 03 August 2010 20:36

On the beauty of hibiscus flowers

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I had my first introduction to plants in the Hibiscus genus when I was a boy. Rose-of-Sharon was a common…
Wednesday, 28 July 2010 13:08

Bird’s the word

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Are you a fledgling birder? Would you like to learn more about the feathered flocks that visit your feeder and…
Ruffin Shackelford led a group of boys, referred to his program by a juvenile court judge, deep into the Shining…
Wednesday, 21 July 2010 13:00

Goats who stare at trees

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They not only stare at them, they eat them. Well, maybe not all trees, but woody browse in general. Hopefully,…
Tuesday, 20 July 2010 20:49

America’s Great Outdoors Initiative

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Not even the looming shadow of the nation’s worst environmental disaster in two decades could spoil the mood at the…
The mountains of Western North Carolina are rapidly becoming the top destination for serious cyclists east of the Mississippi. The…
Last Thursday morning was atypical for song sparrow IR-IF. While defending his territory from the song of an intruding male,…
Wednesday, 10 May 2017 15:52

Learning at Graveyard Fields gets a boost

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New educational panels are now on display at Graveyard Fields, a popular hiking area along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Wednesday, 10 May 2017 15:51

A.T. hikers get a warm welcome

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Thru-hiker season is just about over in Western North Carolina, with most folks who are attempting the 2,190-mile Appalachian Trail…
Wednesday, 03 May 2017 15:03

Drought beats a retreat

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Severe drought is nearly vanquished in North Carolina, with the number of counties in that designation the lowest it’s been…
Wednesday, 03 May 2017 15:01

The new local food guide is here

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The new Local Food Guide from the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project is here, including more than 800 listings of places…
Wednesday, 03 May 2017 14:57

Smokies trails see status changes

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Closures and openings have resulted in status changes for some trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 14:33

Donation will help fire recovery

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A $25,000 donation from the National Park Foundation will help the many Tennessee residents who lost their homes following the…
The Great Smoky Mountains Association had its best year every for sales and membership in 2016, allowing the organization to…
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 14:31

Panthertown land purchase finalized

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A 16-acre property adjacent to Panthertown Valley Backcountry Area has been conserved following Mainspring Conservation Trust’s April 21 closing on…
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 14:30

Sylva passes renewable energy resolution

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Sylva’s commissioners unanimously passed a resolution calling for a statewide commitment to eliminate fossil fuels during their meeting Thursday, April…
Wednesday, 12 April 2017 15:33

Parks open for the season

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Spring is here, and that means that most roads and facilities on the area’s many acres of public lands are…
Wednesday, 12 April 2017 15:32

HCC wildlife students earn top award

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Students from Haywood Community College came in fourth in a wildlife-centric competition during which they competed against 24 other schools.
Wednesday, 12 April 2017 15:31

Smokies upgrades to cleaner fuel

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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park now boasts two new propane-fueling stations and six new propane-fueled trucks following an unveiling…
Wednesday, 05 April 2017 15:27

Museum receives historic donation

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The Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians received the largest single donation it’s ever seen when Georgia resident Bob…
Wednesday, 29 March 2017 15:26

Assault on Blackrock draws high turnout

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Despite some negative publicity last month when spikes were planted along the trails at Pinnacle Park in Sylva, turnout was…
Wednesday, 29 March 2017 15:25

Nature Center to ramp up education efforts

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The WNC Nature Center will launch a regional education outreach program thanks to a $52,000 grant Friends of the WNC…
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 16:15

Parkway visitation tops 15 million for 2016

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The Blue Ridge Parkway welcomed 15.18 million visitors in 2016, a slight increase from the 15.05 million who visited in…
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 16:14

Smokies association honored for interpretive work

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The Great Smoky Mountains Association took home top honors from the Public Lands Alliance’s annual awards this year.
Wednesday, 08 March 2017 19:36

N.C. Arboretum upgrades facilities, increases parking fee

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The N.C. Arboretum in Asheville recently completed several upgrades to its facilities, including conversion to LED lights in all indoor…
Wednesday, 08 March 2017 19:33

Blue Ridge Breakaway off for 2017

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The Blue Ridge Breakaway, which would have celebrated its eighth year in August, has been canceled for this year with…
Wednesday, 08 March 2017 19:29

Polar plunge raises $30,000 education

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The 2017 Polar Plunge Benefit-t-t-ting Kids in the Creek and Environmental Education surpassed its goal to raise $30,600 this year,…
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 16:40

Prescribed burns planned for national forests

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Over the next few months, prescribed burns will be conducted on all four of North Carolina’s national forests.
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 16:36

Grant dollars will help WNC farms grow

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A total of $201,000 has been awarded to 35 farm businesses in Western North Carolina as part of this year’s…
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 16:29

Drought increases in Western N.C.

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Drought is creeping back into the area, with the number of counties designated as experiencing severe drought growing from four…
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 16:27

WNC bike shops get national recognition

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Of 4,000 U.S. bike shops, Motion Makers Bicycles and Bryson City Bicycles were selected as two of the 253 listed…
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 16:25

Restoration and demolition planned at Elkmont

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Work is underway to demolish some buildings and restore others in the Elkmont Historic District of the Great Smoky Mountains…
Wednesday, 22 February 2017 15:16

Firefighters combat Cold Mountain Fire

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A human-caused fire estimated at 132 acres is burning in the Shining Rock Wilderness Area about 20 miles south of…
Wednesday, 08 February 2017 17:19

Fire review underway in the Smokies

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A team of fire experts is assembling at Great Smoky Mountains National Park to conduct a review of the 2016…
Wednesday, 08 February 2017 17:09

Haywood Waterways recognizes water champions

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Haywood’s biggest water champions of 2016 have been recognized by the Haywood Waterways Association, highlighting accomplishments from youth education to…
Wednesday, 08 February 2017 17:09

New easements conserve hundreds of acres

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More than 340 acres in Jackson and Cherokee counties have been conserved, thanks to conservation easements through Mainspring Conservation Trust.
Wednesday, 01 February 2017 16:20

Drought on the retreat

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A week of rainy weather put drought on the retreat, with the classification of extreme drought absent from North Carolina…
Wednesday, 01 February 2017 16:18

Grant to help kids explore the Great Smokies

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A $20,000 Google Field Trip Days grant will help the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont give more kids and…
Wednesday, 25 January 2017 16:48

Winter storm causes road closures

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Two U.S. Forest Service roads in Madison County have been closed for safety reasons,
Wednesday, 25 January 2017 16:41

Waynesville Rec Center breaks records

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A record 149,600 visits were recorded at the Waynesville Recreation Center in 2016, busting the previous record of 149,574 set…
Wednesday, 25 January 2017 16:40

Wildlife refuge lands grant

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The increasing number of wildlife requiring aid in Western North Carolina will benefit from a $5,000 grant that the N.C.…