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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.…
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 17:04

Smokies sets new visitation record

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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park reeled in 11.3 million visitors in 2016, a 5.6 percent increase over the previous…
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 17:03

Haywood Gleaners logs 30,000 pounds of produce donations

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Fifteen tons of food that would otherwise have gone to waste found their way to hungry mouths in 2016, thanks…
Wednesday, 11 January 2017 16:57

Harrah’s recognized for environmental policies

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Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort earned recognition for reducing its environmental impact when Green Key Global bestowed it a 4-Key rating…
Wednesday, 11 January 2017 16:55

Drought severity lessens in WNC

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Wet weather over the past week has put a dent in the severity of drought in Western North Carolina. 
A public hearing seeking input on this year’s round of proposals from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will be held…
Wednesday, 11 January 2017 16:50

Hikers rescued after three days in the woods

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A day hike in the Shining Rock Wilderness Area of the Pisgah National Forest turned into a days-long ordeal culminating…
Wednesday, 04 January 2017 16:24

Cattle working equipment available for community use

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New cattle working equipment will soon be available for community use in Swain and Jackson counties.
Wednesday, 04 January 2017 16:24

Red wolf killed in wildlife refuge

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A reward of $5,000 is being offered in the case of a red wolf that was shot and killed around…
Wednesday, 04 January 2017 16:20

Three dead in Smokies plane crash

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Three people have died in a plane crash that occurred Monday, Dec. 26, in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.…
Wednesday, 04 January 2017 16:18

Trout restoration project coming to Cataloochee

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A Smokies biologist will give a glimpse of plans for a brook trout restoration project in the Great Smoky Mountains…
For those who love the outdoors, it’s not hard to list the reasons why Western North Carolina is a spectacular…
Wednesday, 28 December 2016 17:03

Smokies trails reopen after fire

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Seven trails and one road that have been closed since the Chimney Tops 2 Fire are now open in the…
Wednesday, 28 December 2016 17:03

Campfire ban lifted in the Smokies

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Campfires are now legal in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for the first time since Nov. 15.
Wednesday, 28 December 2016 16:57

Former plant site now part of state forest

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More than 30 years after the first piece of property was donated toward the creation of DuPont State Recreational Forest,…
Environmental quality projects in Western North Carolina will get a boost thanks to grants from the Duke Energy Foundation, whose…
Wednesday, 21 December 2016 15:53

Improvements coming to Massey Branch Access

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Major reconstruction is underway at the Massey Branch Boat Access Area on Santeetlah Reservoir, meaning the area will be closed…
Wednesday, 21 December 2016 15:52

Fire damage closes Whitewater Falls

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The Whitewater Falls area of the Nantahala National Forest, near Cashiers, will remain closed indefinitely due to severe wildfire damage. 
Wednesday, 21 December 2016 15:49

Electric vehicle stations coming to Jackson

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Jackson County will be getting three new electric vehicle charging stations thanks to a grant from Duke Energy.
Wednesday, 14 December 2016 17:42

Environmental camps and competitions benefit from funding

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Summer camps and Envirothon programs in Haywood, Buncombe and Madison counties will benefit from a $25,000 grant awarded to the…
Wednesday, 14 December 2016 17:41

Duke Energy donates toward firefighting

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The Duke Energy Foundation gave a hand toward supporting firefighters battling wildfires this fall with a $100,000 donation.
Wednesday, 14 December 2016 17:21

Drought diminishes due to rain

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Last week’s rains caused a downgrading of drought designations across the board in Western North Carolina.
Wednesday, 07 December 2016 16:39

State burn ban lifted

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Steady rains over the past week have caused the N.C. Forest Service to lift burning bans for 32 counties, including…
Wednesday, 07 December 2016 16:36

Bird the holidays away

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As December unfolds, birders across the globe will embark on a quest to tally as many birds and species as…
Wednesday, 07 December 2016 16:35

New species named for Fontana

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A new-to-science lichen species discovered in March 2016 has been named after Fontana Dam due to its discovery in the…
Wednesday, 30 November 2016 16:59

Drought disaster declared in Haywood

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Haywood County has been declared a primary disaster area due to drought, making family farms eligible for federal assistance such…
Wednesday, 30 November 2016 16:57

Waynesville Judo Club wins big

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Each of the Waynesville Judo Club’s six members came home with a medal from their Oct. 29 competition at University…
Wednesday, 30 November 2016 16:51

Hemp could be grown in N.C. by 2017

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North Carolina is working to establish rules for a pilot program allowing industrial hemp production, with the newly formed N.C.…
Wednesday, 30 November 2016 16:51

Dicks Creek Fire could become outdoor classroom for WCU

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When the wildfires burning across Western North Carolina are extinguished, Western Carolina University faculty will likely be eying their footprints…
Wednesday, 30 November 2016 16:49

Donation will restore HCC dahlia garden

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After disease wiped out Haywood Community College’s famed dahlia garden this year, the Carolinas Dahlia Society stepped up with a…
Wednesday, 30 November 2016 16:48

Elk volunteers snag support

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The elk viewing experience in the Cataloochee Valley area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will get a boost…
Wednesday, 23 November 2016 19:09

Forest fire updates

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Arboretum collecting firefighting donations  Due to heightened fire danger throughout the region, the N.C. Arboretum in Asheville will not have…
Wednesday, 23 November 2016 19:08

Drought disaster declared in Swain and Jackson

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Swain and Jackson counties have been designated as primary natural disaster areas due to losses from the ongoing drought.
Wednesday, 23 November 2016 19:07

Drought increases disease risk in cattle

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Drought conditions are taking their toll on livestock operations in the area, according to Jackson County Cooperative Extension, causing a…
Wednesday, 23 November 2016 19:03

Parkway conservation projects celebrated in new website

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A new website highlighting land protection projects along the North Carolina section of the Blue Ridge Parkway is up and…
Wednesday, 23 November 2016 19:01

Sustainable forestry an award-winner for EBCI

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The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians was honored for its use of positive-impact forestry on the Qualla Boundary when the…
Wednesday, 16 November 2016 18:04

Annual soil and water poster contest open

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Jackson County students in third through ninth grade will get a chance to share their messages on the importance of…
Wednesday, 16 November 2016 18:02

WCU nabs green school listing

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For the sixth year running, Western North Carolina has been recognized as one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in…
Wednesday, 16 November 2016 18:01

New region-wide map focuses on recreation

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A new map is available detailing more than 2 million acres of public forests, parks and scenic byways throughout Western…
Wednesday, 16 November 2016 18:01

Fly-fishing museum gets statewide recognition

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The Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians is just over a year old, but it’s already being recognized as…
Wednesday, 16 November 2016 17:57

Conservation easement finalized near Marion

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One of the largest conservation easements to ever be donated by an individual in North Carolina history has been finalized…
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 15:18

Wildlife students recognized with scholarship

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Two Haywood Community College students have been recognized for their leadership, scholarship and dedication to the wildlife management profession with…
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 15:16

N.C. ozone levels measuring up against new federal standard

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With a new, more stringent ozone standard now in effect, North Carolina’s numbers are looking good.
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 15:09

Widespread burn bans now in effect

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The North Carolina Forest Service has issued a burn ban for 25 Western North Carolina Counties, effective immediately and until…
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 15:08

Campfire restrictions enacted in the Smokies

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Campfires in the backcountry of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are a no-go following the park’s decision to issue…
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 15:06

Wildlife rides out the drought

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From his vantage point on the banks of the Tuckasegee River, it’s not that hard for fly fishing guide Alex…
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 15:04

Low water levels cut the season short

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Fontana Lake looks more like a narrow river running through a canyon right now as drought conditions persist across the…