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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
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 15:09

Adopt a stream

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Volunteers are wanted to help keep Haywood’s streams free of trash by adopting a section to clean once per year. 
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 15:08

New water slide is higher, faster

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A new slide has been installed at the water park at the Waynesville Recreation Center.
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 15:06

Arboretum works on pollinator hospitality

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The nation holds only seven Bee Campus USA gardens, and now the N.C. Arboretum in Asheville is one of them.
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 15:04

Man finishes lap of the Blue Ridge Parkway

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Ray Russell recently finished nearly a month of running with his arrival at the Blue Ridge Parkway’s end in Cherokee.…
Wednesday, 15 June 2016 15:39

Sylva earns national recognition as a green town

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Sylva earned recognition for its efforts to be clean and sustainable when the travel site Expedia.com named it the fourth…
Wednesday, 15 June 2016 15:35

HCC qualifies for national championship

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Haywood Community College’s Bass Fishing Team recently competed in the 2016 Carhartt College Eastern Regional Bassmaster Tournament where teammates Ryan…
Wednesday, 15 June 2016 15:33

Jackson declared Premier Trout Fishing Destination

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Jackson County won’t officially become the North Carolina Trout Capital this year, but legislators expressed their support of the county’s…
Wednesday, 08 June 2016 16:00

Go all-out with Lake Logan races

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The Lake Logan Multisport Festival will bring in athletes galore for the 11th year running with its lineup of events…
Wednesday, 01 June 2016 16:12

Get outside on National Trails Day

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Every year, America’s hiking trails get their moment to shine with the American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day. This year’s…
Wednesday, 25 May 2016 14:18

Kids get creative with waterways

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Haywood County’s young artists got some recognition for the T-shirt designs they dreamed up to celebrate Kids in the Creek,…
Wednesday, 25 May 2016 14:17

Local runners take top spots in half marathon

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Runners from up and down the East Coast converged on Waynesville this month to try their stride at the Gateway…
Wednesday, 25 May 2016 14:17

Park Service archives get new home

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A new home for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s collection of artifacts and archives recently opened its doors in…
Wednesday, 25 May 2016 14:16

Cashiers gets second farmer market

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A new farmers market will launch in Cashiers this week, providing a weekly supply of local foods from 3 to…
Wednesday, 25 May 2016 14:15

See birds of prey up close

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An up-close glimpse of creatures such as the Eastern screech owl and Northern bald eagle will show birds of prey…
Wednesday, 25 May 2016 14:14

Old-time remedies explained

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See old-time remedies in action with a demonstration by Smokies naturalist Ila Hatter, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May…
Wednesday, 25 May 2016 14:13

Trout waters open

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Delayed-harvest trout waters will open for the summer on Saturday, June 4, giving anglers the chance to catch a dinner…
Wednesday, 25 May 2016 14:12

WCU tops ‘best-of’ list for outdoors colleges

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Western Carolina University came in on top in an online magazine poll looking for the region’s premiere outdoor adventure college.
Wednesday, 18 May 2016 15:58

NOC paddler to appear in summer Olympics

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When Team U.S.A. marches into the Olympic stadium this summer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, at the Opening Ceremonies of…
Wednesday, 18 May 2016 15:51

Sculpture winds through WCU trails

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A nature-based sculpture project launched by Western Carolina University’s Fine Art Museum aims to feature outdoors art while promoting discussion…
Wednesday, 11 May 2016 15:51

Hot Springs fire contained

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The verdict is in on a fire that had been blazing for two weeks near Hot Springs — after burning…