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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…
Wednesday, 07 January 2015 17:10

Blue Ridge Biofuels expands

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Blue Ridge Biofuels, an Asheville-based biodiesel company, is planning to expand to a new facility in Catawba County. 
Wednesday, 07 January 2015 17:06

Dig in to the white-collar side of farming

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Learn the business side of farming with the Appalachian Farm School, a pilot agricultural business training program for farmers in…
Wednesday, 07 January 2015 17:04

Haywood Waterways invites you to take the plunge

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There’s something alluring about plunging into icy midwinter water — enough so that it spawns polar plunge fundraisers for sundry…
Wednesday, 07 January 2015 17:03

Sparrowing at Kituwah

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A quest for sparrow sightings will commence during the morning of Jan. 14 at Kituwah, an area of about 300…
Wednesday, 07 January 2015 17:02

Land trust gets new executive director

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Land Trust for the Little Tennessee has a new executive director in Sharon Fouts Taylor, who will move into the…
A public hearing on proposed changes to hunting, fishing and wildlife management regulations will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday,…
Wednesday, 31 December 2014 16:19

Forest Stewards honored for conservation forestry

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A Cullowhee-based forest management group was recently recognized for its work by Root Cause, a regional initiative to raise awareness…
Wednesday, 31 December 2014 16:15

Haywood Waterways does good work

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Editor’s note: The following is a submission from Haywood Waterways Association reflecting on the organization’s work to protect and improve…
Wednesday, 31 December 2014 16:10

Roan Mountain viewsheds protected by land trust

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A 76-acre tract along the Appalachian Trail on Roan Mountain has been permanently protected thanks to the Southern Appalachian Highlands…
Wednesday, 24 December 2014 00:00

Seasonal road closures begin in national forest

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Seasonal road closures are starting to kick in for the U.S. Forest Service.  In the Appalachian Ranger District of Pisgah…
Wednesday, 24 December 2014 00:00

Land trust adds to wildlife corridor in Jackson County

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A new conservation easement in Jackson County will provide a critical wildlife corridor, connecting three other easements and located less…
Wednesday, 24 December 2014 00:00

Women-only ski lessons launch in January

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A six-session program aimed at female skiers and snowboarders will begin on Wednesday, Jan. 7, at Cataloochee Ski Area in…
Wednesday, 24 December 2014 00:00

Forest Service wins public engagement awards

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U.S. Forest Service employees in North Carolina recently received a handful of awards for their work in 2014, including a…
Wednesday, 24 December 2014 00:00

Nantahala Brewing supports the A.T.

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Nantahala Brewing Company in Bryson City celebrated the Christmas season with a generous donation to Friends of the Great Smoky…
Wednesday, 24 December 2014 00:00

Sounds in the night

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By Burt Kornegay • Contributing writer It was around 10:30 p.m., just as we were going to bed, when my wife…
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 16:26

Hunger initiative to build bridges with local agriculture

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A $10,000 grant will go toward building up food banks in Western North Carolina in partnership with agribusiness.  The award,…
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 16:25

Permaculture school launches in Asheville

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A 12-week permaculture school in Asheville will launch in 2015, teaching students how to create landscapes that maintain the health…
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 16:18

Comment call for red wolf rules

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A series of three public hearings in January will take public input on the future of protection for the reintroduced…
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 16:16

Internships for Smokies fans

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Five summer internship positions are available for undergraduates looking to get involved with Discover Life in America’s mission to learn…
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 16:15

Alum Cave Trail restoration to close trail in 2015

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Just after putting the final touches on the Chimney Tops Trail this month, the Trails Forever program in Great Smoky…
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 16:14

Congressional act could expand National Parks

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The National Parks System could see its largest expansion in decades after bipartisan legislation in Washington, D.C. was introduced proposing…
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 16:13

Aquatic invaders found in Macon County

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For the first time, gill lice have been found in brook trout in the Southern Appalachians. The parasitic crustaceans are…
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 16:12

Smokies Association finishes $3.4 million investment in N.C.

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The opening of the Swain County Visitor Center in downtown Bryson City this year represented the culmination of a $3.46…