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A U.S. Forest Service project aiming to improve wildlife habitat and forest health will allow logging, fire, thinning and other…
Wednesday, 11 March 2015 15:30

WNC gear builders to show their stuff

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Outdoor lovers will get a chance to see some of the best locally made gear during Outdoor Gear Builders of…
Wednesday, 11 March 2015 15:28

Brevard company recognized in international competition

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Brevard-based SylvanSport has been named a finalist in the internationally renowned Edison Awards for its product GO, a lightweight pull-behind…
Wednesday, 11 March 2015 15:26

Waynesville pursues bike-friendly roads

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Big white stencils of helmeted bikers now adorn a growing number of streets throughout Waynesville.
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 14:56

WNC conservationists honored

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Several Western North Carolina conservationists earned a spot in Wild South’s annual list of nominees for the Roosevelt-Ashe Conservation Awards,…
A new invasive plant species is springing up in moist, nutrient-rich soils across eastern North America and has been spotted…
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 14:48

Smokies visitation sets records

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January was a record-setting month for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park with 351,670 visitors, achieving a lifetime visitation of…
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 14:46

WNC farmers expand business through grants

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Farmers in Western North Carolina will branch out with new crops and alternative growing methods, thanks to 31 grants totaling…
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 14:44

Fees increase at Glenville campground

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For the first time in more than 18 years, fees at the Ralph J. Andrews Campground on Lake Glenville, which…
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 14:43

Waynesville continues Tree City USA tradition

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Waynesville was named a 2014 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, keeping running a streak that began in…
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 15:06

Weigh in on Cold Mountain Game Land management plans

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The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is working on a plan to guide management at the Cold Mountain Game Land in…
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 15:05

Buy Haywood guide seeks new listings

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An agritourism guide for Haywood County is looking for new listings to help visitors and locals alike explore everything from…
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 15:04

Volunteers sought to adopt tree plot

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Smokies rangers are looking for tree-lovers who want to try their hand at science to adopt a tree monitoring plot…
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 15:02

WCU launches outdoor speaker series

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A speaker series featuring outdoor adventurers at Western Carolina University will kick off at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, with…
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 15:01

Hike explores Smokemont

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The season’s first hike in Friends of the Smokies’ “Classic Hikes of the Smokies” series will explore Smokemont Loop Trail…
As Paul Carlson tooled out of downtown Franklin, houses faded into rolling hayfields, and the Little Tennessee River soon took…
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 16:12

State bill seeks to strike down fracking rules

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Bills to get rid of the oil and gas extraction rules developed by the N.C. Mining and Energy Commission have…
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 16:10

N.C. Wildlife Federation wins $30K grant

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A $30,000 grant from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation will help the N.C. Wildlife Federation further its mission of conserving…
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 16:09

New Satulah trail in the works

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Learn about the Highland Plateau Greenway’s vision to build a public trail to the top of Satulah Mountain at a…
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 16:08

Game on (the table) at fundraising dinner

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An annual Wild Game Dinner hosted by the Wildlife Club at Haywood Community College will serve up a meal of…
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 16:06

Mark your calendar for Spring

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The weather is wintry, but spring is just around the corner. Mark your calendar for some of these upcoming springtime…
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 16:01

Database to showcase purveyors wood and forestry products

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A “buy local” directory for wood-related products from Western North Carolina is looking for more businesses, artisans and organizations to…
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 15:41

Celebrate winter Smoky style

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Maggie Valley’s inaugural WinterFest Smoky Style will celebrate the best of the cold-weather season 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday,…
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 15:32

Gateway to the Smokies Half Marathon

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Runners will take to the streets of downtown Waynesville as the inaugural Gateway to the Smokies Half Marathon starts from…
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 15:31

HCC nabs accreditation from Society of American Foresters

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Haywood Community College just became the only two-year community college in North Carolina to offer a forest management technology program…
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 15:30

Learn to tread lightly at Wilderness Skills Institute

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Registration is now open for the fifth Wilderness Skills Institute, a training program for Wilderness stewardship and management, held at…
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 15:28

Polar Plunge lands cash for waterway education

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Lake Junaluska was only 39 degrees on Jan. 31, but 120 people still braved the cold to participate in Haywood…
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 15:27

Smokies invites you to meet new superintendent

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Two open houses this month will offer the chance to meet and greet the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Superintendent,…
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 16:01

Up close with the Smokies

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The Experience Your Smokies program is looking for applicants who want to get an insider’s look at park operations while…
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 16:00

Two areas added to potential wilderness inventory

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Two potential candidates for wilderness designation in the Pisgah and Nantahala national forests were accidentally left off a master list…
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 15:59

Wildlife Commission says no more red wolves

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The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has publicly denounced the red wolf reintroduction in coastal counties, calling for the red wolves…
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 15:58

Little Sandy Mush Bald slopes purchased for nature preserve

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The northern slopes of Little Sandy Mush Bald, an iconic view for those who live in the coves and farms…
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 15:57

Arboretum to memorialize landscaping great

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The father of American landscape architecture will soon be memorialized at the North Carolina Arboretum.
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 15:56

Learn from Leopold

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Aldo Leopold and his writings are cornerstones of modern environmental ethic, and a program teaching how to use his work…
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 16:14

New museum to celebrate Fontana Dam’s 70th

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A community museum and learning center at Fontana Village along Fontana Lake will commemorate the 70th anniversary of power production…
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 16:13

More land conserved around Waterrock Knob

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A 10-acre tract along the Blue Ridge Parkway and a new section of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail in Jackson County will…
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 16:12

Grant allows kids hiking trails to expand

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Trail adventures for kids will expand in North Carolina over the coming years, thanks to a $921,000 grant from the…
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 16:10

National park wraps up three years of stream mapping

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A three-year stream-mapping project in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is now complete, revealing new information about the park’s…
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 15:47

Hike the Dirty Dozen

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Looking for a new way to explore the wilderness? Check out the Dirty Dozen Wilderness Hike Challenge.
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 15:46

The A.T. just got a little longer

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The Appalachian Trail has a new official length. It increased by 3.9 miles from last year to 2,189.2 miles due…
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 15:45

Venus flytrap poachers caught

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Four men, ages 22 to 49, were arrested with 970 Venus flytraps in their possession earlier this month at the…
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 15:44

Access on Lake Emory gets better

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A new canoe portage around the Lake Emory dam is expected to open in Franklin sometime in late spring. 
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 15:43

Couple conserves private tract in Jackson

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A new conservation agreement finalized by the Land Trust for the Little Tennessee will protect 104 acres in Cullowhee from…
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 15:40

Smokies visitation tops 10 million

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For the first time in more than a decade, Great Smoky Mountains National Park saw more than 10 million visitors…
Projects in Haywood and Swain counties will benefit from an additional $4.5 million of Clean Water Management Trust Fund dollars…
Wednesday, 14 January 2015 15:16

Insect wars hoped to take a bite out of pests

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Pitting insect against insect, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission released predator beetles last month on the Sandy Mush Game Land,…
Wednesday, 14 January 2015 15:15

Bird count catalogues avian diversity in WNC

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Birders turned out throughout Western North Carolina — and the globe — to participate in an avian enthusiast’s favorite winter…
Outdoor Mission Camp in Maggie Valley, an affiliate of Youth for Christ USA, is being outfitted with a new kitchen…
Wednesday, 14 January 2015 15:11

Smokies makes must-see list of World Heritage sites

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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is part of a new online travel itinerary from the National Park Service that…