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Wednesday, 19 October 2016 16:02

Map publisher donates to maintain Tsali trails

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A new map of Tsali Trails not only creates a better guide to the nationally known trail system on the…
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 16:01

Environmental, economic leaders converge at WCU

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More than 100 leaders from across Western North Carolina came together at Western Carolina University this month to talk about…
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 17:46

New, free maps show the Smokies in greater detail

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New U.S. Topo maps are out, and the quadrangles covering the Great Smoky Mountains National Park now display trails, campgrounds,…
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 17:45

Take the 100-mile challenge

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A statewide challenge to knock out 100 miles of hiking, walking, running, paddling, skating, horseback riding or rolling a wheelchair…
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 17:37

Elk Bugle Corps gets a boost

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A $3,500 grant from the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority will help enrich the elk viewing experience in the Cataloochee…
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 17:36

Western Carolina recognized for energy savings

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Western Carolina University was among the 18 public colleges and universities recently honored by the state for leadership in reducing…
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 16:14

Locals take top spots in Harvest Half

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Local runners came out high in the rankings with completion of the Cherokee Harvest Half Marathon last weekend. 
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 16:10

Judge orders Fish and Wildlife Service to halt red wolf plan

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A federal judge has ordered the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to halt its plan to transfer the reintroduced population…
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 16:09

Burn project proposed for Jackson County

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A 956-acre prescribed burn is being proposed for the Nantahala National Forest in southeastern Jackson County, aiming to reduce wildfire…
Wednesday, 28 September 2016 16:17

Grant dollars protect Haywood farmlands

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Local acres were among those covered by $3.8 million the N.C. Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund recently awarded…
Wednesday, 21 September 2016 15:49

Dreaming of Toyko: A conversation with Michal

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Since the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Michal Smolen has been hopping continents to finish out the post-Rio racing season,…
Wednesday, 21 September 2016 15:39

Protect your beehive

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Mosquito spraying for Zika virus in other states has led some North Carolina beekeepers to ask what they can do…
Wednesday, 21 September 2016 15:31

Red wolf reintroduction to cease in southeast N.C.

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Red wolves will be removed from the majority of the five-county area of eastern North Carolina where they now exist…
Wednesday, 21 September 2016 15:29

Woman dies following fall in the Smokies

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A woman perished following a fall at the Newfound Gap parking lot in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park last…
Wednesday, 21 September 2016 15:26

Sales strong for Smokies plates

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Sales of North Carolina Friends of the Smokies license plates brought in $118,240 to support the Great Smoky Mountains National…
Wednesday, 14 September 2016 16:06

Explore N.C. wildlife online

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A revamped website is allowing people to discover North Carolina’s natural heritage in new ways through the N.C. Natural Heritage…
Wednesday, 14 September 2016 15:58

Grant supports Cherokee-infused environmental education

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Classroom lessons focusing on Cherokee culture and ecology of the Great Smoky Mountains will expand to schools in seven Western…
Wednesday, 07 September 2016 16:15

Carbon offsets program starts

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A relaunched carbon offsets program will give business, organizations and individuals in Western North Carolina a way to turn their…
A meeting between leaders of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians brought tribal…
Wednesday, 31 August 2016 14:37

Fall color forecast a waiting game

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September temperatures will make or break fall color quality this year, according to Western Carolina University’s new fall foliage forecaster…
Wednesday, 31 August 2016 14:36

Emerald ash borer found in the Pisgah

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An infestation of destructive emerald ash borers has been confirmed in the Appalachian Ranger District of the Pisgah National Forest…
Wednesday, 31 August 2016 14:34

Telethon for the Smokies

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Friends of the Smokies raised $205,562 at its 22nd annual Friends Across the Mountains Telethon last week, with the hundreds…
Wednesday, 24 August 2016 14:54

Cherokee students become Smokies experts

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Students at Cherokee Middle School have spent the last two years digging deep into the ecology, culture and history of…
Wednesday, 24 August 2016 14:51

New education chief comes to the Smokies

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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has a new chief of resource education in Nigel Fields, who Superintendent Cassius Cash…
Wednesday, 17 August 2016 15:12

Locals succeed in Lake Logan races

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Nearly 1,000 athletes converged on Lake Logan this month, pushing for a finish in challenging half-ironman and triathlon competitions at…
Wednesday, 10 August 2016 15:59

Species mapper unveiled in the Smokies

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Anyone with an internet connection can now pull up a map showing where they might encounter any of 1,800 Smokies…
Wednesday, 03 August 2016 15:58

Wildlife education offered in schools

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Mountain Wildlife Days, a weekend of wildlife-oriented fun, raised $2,600 this summer to go toward wildlife education programs in Western…
Wednesday, 03 August 2016 15:56

National Trails Day breaks records

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The numbers are in, and this year’s National Trails Day, organized at locations across the country by the American Hiking…
Wednesday, 03 August 2016 15:55

Meteors galore are on the way

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A high-intensity meteor shower will light up the sky next week, and the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute will host an…
Wednesday, 03 August 2016 15:53

Get your gleaning on

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The harvest is coming in, and for a contingent of growers and volunteers in Haywood County, that means gleaning season.
Wednesday, 03 August 2016 15:50

Kids get out for a day on the farm

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Kids spent a day learning about gardening and raising animals — while also enjoying swimming, fishing and hay rides — with a…
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 17:40

Local naturalist releases hiking guide

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Naturalist Ken Czarnomski — in partnership with the the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority — has released the third installment…
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 17:37

High schoolers conquer the Rockies

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After biking more than 300 miles through the Rocky Mountains, the group of five high schoolers involved in Western Carolina…
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 17:34

Fatalities prompt caution when visiting waterfalls

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Two fatalities related to waterfalls occurred in the Pisgah National Forest last week.
Students and teachers from communities around the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are starting six weeks of hands-on learning and…
Wednesday, 20 July 2016 15:21

WNC angling to take over television

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Jackson County will be displayed on national television this week with the airing of Anglers & Appetites, a show that…
Petitions bearing nearly half a million signatures urging protection of the endangered red wolf made their way to the U.S.…
Native Americans will soon be allowed to gather plants on national park land for traditional purposes following the National Park…
Wednesday, 13 July 2016 15:26

Ginseng lottery open

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The lottery is open for permits to harvest one of Western North Carolina’s most valuable plants. 
Wednesday, 13 July 2016 15:25

LEGO masterpieces celebrate the natural world

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Nature-inspired LEGO creations will add an extra incentive to hit up the N.C. Arboretum the next few months, with the…
Wednesday, 13 July 2016 15:25

Sylva teen to compete in national angling competition

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A Sylva teen is preparing to prove himself on the national stage of fly-fishing after qualifying for the U.S. Youth…
Clingmans Dome Observation Tower will get a makeover thanks to a $250,000 grant that supporters of the Great Smoky Mountains…
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 14:28

Comments sought on A.T. campsite construction

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Fifteen new tent sites could go in along the Appalachian Trail on its route through the Standing Indian Basin in…
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 14:26

Croquet group starts in Waynesville

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A croquet group has formed in Waynesville, meeting 10 a.m. to noon Wednesdays at Vance Street Park.
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 14:25

Insect affecting WNC white pines

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A tiny insect is being blamed for declining health in eastern white pine trees in six North Carolina counties including…
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 14:23

Severe drought comes to WNC

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For the first time since September, severe drought is affecting North Carolina — including portions of Haywood, Jackson, Macon and…
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 14:22

Greenway bridge open in Jackson

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A new bridge allowing access to the Jackson County greenway’s terminus at Locust Creek is now open to pedestrians, marking…
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 14:20

Land conserved on Cold Mountain

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The Cold Mountain Game Lands in Haywood County will likely get larger following a 162-acre purchase by the Southern Appalachian…
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 15:14

Zahner lecture series kicks off

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The Zahner Conservation Lecture Series at the Highlands Nature Center kicks off its initial program on July 7