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Wednesday, 13 October 2010 20:50

Peregrines have much better year in 2010

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According to a recent report from Chris Kelley, N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission Mountain Wildlife Diversity Biologist, seven of 12 nesting…
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 20:47

Watershed forestry back on the table

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Waynesville town leaders are weighing whether to conduct selective logging of an old white pine plantation in the Waynesville watershed,…
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 20:28

The Naturalist's Corner

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Foggy fall morning at Lake Junaluska I decided to get out and get a breath of autumn air this morning…
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 20:25

Benton MacKaye trail celebrates milestone

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By Reggie Jay • Guest writer As the Benton MacKaye Trail turns 30 this year, a dedicated group of volunteers…
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 13:19

The Naturalist's Corner

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North Carolina’s loss – Louisiana’s gain Chris Canfield has stepped down as executive director of Audubon North Carolina to assume…
Tuesday, 28 September 2010 13:21

Recreation rendezvous shines a light on WNC

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Representatives from some of the biggest names in outdoor recreation will soon touch ground in Asheville for the 2010 Outdoor…
Wednesday, 22 September 2010 19:48

The Naturalist's Corner

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Panther Top fire tower My family spent a wonderful sunny Sunday afternoon this week in the Tusquitee Ranger District of…
As the recession worsens, more and more animals need help, and fewer and fewer funding sources are available to animal…
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, 14 June 2017 15:16

Invest in WNC’s great outdoors

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The National Forest Foundation has named the Pisgah-Nantahala National Forest as a Treasured Landscape, a designation that unlocks funding to…
Wednesday, 14 June 2017 15:16

A.T. plates fund conservation

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Proceeds from North Carolina Appalachian Trail license plates resulted in $30,000 worth of awards to 12 projects intended to preserve…
Wednesday, 14 June 2017 15:13

Parkway superintendent to retire

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Blue Ridge Parkway Superintendent Mark Woods has announced his retirement from the National Park Service following four years in the…
Wednesday, 07 June 2017 15:42

Students fight stormwater pollution

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Students from the Haywood Community Learning Center did their part to reduce stormwater runoff through a service project to mark…
Wednesday, 07 June 2017 15:41

Parkway delivers $1 billion economic impact

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In 2016, Blue Ridge Parkway visitors spent $979.3 million in communities near the park, supporting 15,649 jobs for a cumulative…
Wednesday, 07 June 2017 15:39

Franklin greenway could expand with land purchase

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A 13.9-acre land purchase in Franklin could help expand the Little Tennessee River Greenway. 
Wednesday, 07 June 2017 15:38

Kids plant trees for the future

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A tree planting in celebration of Arbor Day was held at Hazelwood Elementary School in Waynesville, using rooted cuttings of…
Wednesday, 31 May 2017 17:16

Drought-free in N.C.

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For the first time since March 2016, all 100 counties in North Carolina are free of drought or dry conditions.
Wednesday, 31 May 2017 17:05

Smokies names Franklin woman employee of the year

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Franklin resident Lisa Brown has been named the Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s Employee of the Year.
Wednesday, 24 May 2017 15:55

Timber harvest has started in Harmon Den

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A 96-acre timber-harvesting project is underway in the Harmon Den area of the Pisgah National Forest, in Haywood County.
Wednesday, 24 May 2017 15:55

Movie documents record-breaking A.T. hike

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A new movie telling the story of Karl “Speedgoat” Meltzer — who broke the Appalachian Trail speed record by hiking…
Wednesday, 24 May 2017 15:54

Road closed in the Pisgah

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A construction project on Cathy Creek Road in the Pisgah Ranger District of the Pisgah National Forest will cause a…
Wednesday, 24 May 2017 15:46

Habitat enhancement continues on Lake Jocassee

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Now in its third year, the Keowee-Toxaway Habitat Enhancement Program funded by Duke Energy has $1.3 million in available funds,…
A Waynesville man has been tapped to lead the state’s Project Food, Land & People program, a national education curriculum…
Wednesday, 24 May 2017 15:41

End in sight for Foothills Parkway

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The final phase of construction is underway for the Foothills Parkway — which is administered by the Great Smoky Mountains…
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 16:13

Drought disappears

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Drought has officially disappeared from the mountains.
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 16:10

Haywood Waterways announces T-shirt design winners

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Heather Grant of Bethel Middle School will see her artwork on 700 T-shirts after winning this year’s T-shirt design contest…
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 16:06

Trio of trails get a makeover

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Rainbow Falls Trail: The Rainbow Falls Trail is the next trail in line to get a complete rehabilitation through the Smokies…
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 16:02

New book revives Hazel Creek history

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A new book has hit the shelves exploring the history of the Hazel Creek community, which is now one of…
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 16:00

Poll shows support for conservation funding

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A poll commissioned by the conservation coalition Land for Tomorrow showed wide support for land and water conservation, with mountain…
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 15:59

Cherokee unveils trail system

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A new 10.5-mile mixed-use trail system is complete in Cherokee, with trails open to the public following a ribbon-cutting ceremony…
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.