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Backpackers in several popular areas of Pisgah National Forest are now required to use bear canisters when staying overnight, following…
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 17:00

Park gets new deputy superintendent

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With Superintendent Cassius Cash now settled into his new role, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park has a permanent deputy…
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 16:55

Parkway weather now online

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A new website aims to help Blue Ridge Parkway visitors better plan their attire for a day in the high…
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 16:00

Survival skills conference to be held in Haywood

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Heritage Life Skills, a fourth-year event featuring classes in survivalist cooking, self-defense and food production skills is coming up May…
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 15:54

Fly-fishing museum opening delayed

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The grand opening of the Fly-Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians in Cherokee, originally intended for May 1, has been…
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 15:16

Extention office seeks gardens for tour

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The Haywood County Cooperative Extension Service is seeking gardens to include in its 2016 Haywood County Garden Tour. Anyone who…
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 15:15

Merrell Adventure race is family-friendly

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The Merrell Adventure 5K Dash and 1K Fun Run will be held Saturday, May 23, along the Nantahala River near…
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 15:14

Conservation groups plan river float trip

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A float trip down the Little Tennessee River on May 16 is being sponsored by two land conservation organizations, the…
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 15:13

Ducks on the Tuck helps New Century Scholars

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Why adopt a tiny rubber duck that’ll soon be floating down the Tuckasegee River in Swain County?
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 17:03

Land conservation organization restores next-door land

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A contaminated property next to Land Trust for the Little Tennesse’s office in Franklin could have a brighter future now…
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 16:58

Runners take the streets in Waynesville half marathon

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Close to 175 people tackled the inaugural Gateway to the Smokies Half Marathon in Waynesville this weekend, coming from as…
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 16:57

Break-ins reported along the Parkway

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A rash of break-ins to cars parked along the Blue Ridge Parkway on its way through Asheville has rangers asking…
Wednesday, 29 April 2015 02:54

Falconer to share the wonders of birds of prey

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A discussion on falconry and the importance of birds of prey to a healthy ecosystem — as well as a…
Wednesday, 29 April 2015 02:51

Excursion series offers a full gamut of activities

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The Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust will kick off its annual lineup of eco tours to ecologically important areas throughout the region…
Wednesday, 29 April 2015 02:41

Coveted viewing slots for Smokies firefly show to go live

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The time is drawing near for synchronous fireflies to once more light up the night in the Smokies, and the…
Wednesday, 29 April 2015 02:39

National forest sites open for spring

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With warmer weather comes the opening of a lengthy list of campgrounds and recreation sites in the Nantahala and Pisgah…
Wednesday, 22 April 2015 16:03

Local food guide now available

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A new edition of Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project’s Local Food Guide is out in time for the spring growing season. …
Wednesday, 22 April 2015 16:02

Grant brings real-life science to classrooms

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A $500 grant from the N.C. Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts’ Auxiliary will mean some hands-on science for…
Wednesday, 22 April 2015 16:02

Paul Carlson honored for conservation work

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Paul Carlson of Land Trust for the Little Tennessee was named Outstanding Conservationist in the 2015 Roosevelt-Ashe awards given out…
Wednesday, 22 April 2015 15:58

Pancakes popular with AT hikers

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Appalachian Trail hikers in search of a satisfying meal found it at the First Baptist Church of Franklin this year…
Wednesday, 22 April 2015 15:55

Jackson fifth graders get a conservation education

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More than 200 fifth graders from Jackson County Schools spent two days learning about natural resources at East LaPorte Recreation…
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 16:01

Swain students illustrate wetlands

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Swain County students got creative on the theme “Wetlands are Wonderful” this spring, sending in their bookmark designs for a…
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 16:00

Water ordinance nabs Jackson state award

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Jackson County snagged one of eight statewide awards given to individuals and organizations that protect public drinking water sources.  The…
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 15:59

WNC towns snag grants for bike route, pedestrian planning

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The towns of Franklin and Canton were among 10 municipalities across the state to win a grant for bicycle and…
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 15:59

Joyce Kilmer reroute planned for Benton McKaye Trail

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The Benton McKaye Trail Association recently completed a major reroute of the trail’s path through the Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness.
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 15:57

Mapping project brings natural landmarks

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Virtual views of some of America’s most iconic places are now online, with Chimney Rock, Grandfather Mountain and DuPont State…
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 15:56

School partners with land trust for wetland conservation

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Though the wetland bordering U.S. 441 on the North Carolina-Georgia line isn’t that noteworthy on first glance, it’s an ecological…
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 15:55

NOC rings in spring

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A celebration of spring and its waterborne joys will be held April 24-26 at Nantahala Outdoor Center with a Spring…
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 15:52

Foundation pledges $600,000 for Parkway projects

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The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation will spend $600,000 in 2015 on projects to benefit the Parkway and the plant and…
Wednesday, 08 April 2015 14:13

Wildflower pilgrimage celebrates spring

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The Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage will kick off its 65th year of outdoors programming Tuesday, April 21, with the five-day event…
Wednesday, 08 April 2015 14:03

Spiffed-up shelter hits the Macon County AT

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With a higher-than-normal volume of thru-hikers expected next season, the Nantahala Hiking Club is getting prepared with upgrades to the…
Wednesday, 08 April 2015 14:02

Commission calls on turkey hunters

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A study of lymphoproliferative disease virus, a malady affecting wild turkeys, is calling in help from hunters.
Wednesday, 08 April 2015 14:01

Tribe granted authority over water standards

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The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is now able to administer its own water quality certifications, becoming the 49th tribe…
Wednesday, 08 April 2015 13:58

Tuck River cleanup puts out call for volunteers

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The nation’s largest single-day river litter removal will mark its 31st year Saturday, April 18.
Wednesday, 08 April 2015 13:58

Weather watchers wanted for citizen science program

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A network of amateur rain and weather spotters are contributing to the scientific understanding of niche weather patterns on a…
Wednesday, 08 April 2015 13:54

Teacher scholarships available for nature summit

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Applications are open for teachers looking to attend the 2015 Family Nature Summit, based in Lake Junaluska.
Wednesday, 08 April 2015 13:53

Cherokee to weigh in on fish conservation

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The Watershed Association of the Tuckasegee River will hold its annual meeting celebrating Earth Month at 6 p.m. Monday, April…
Wednesday, 08 April 2015 13:52

WCU students win bass angling title

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A pair of Western Carolina University students took first this spring, in the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Eastern Regional, presented…
Wednesday, 08 April 2015 13:51

Two-hundred-mile foot race to loop western counties

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The Southeast’s most grueling team race will take off from Pink Beds Picnic Area in the Pisgah National Forest near…
Wednesday, 08 April 2015 13:50

Bat protection prompts Smokies caving restrictions

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After closing the area in September to protect wintering bats, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will reopen Whiteoak Sink…
Wednesday, 01 April 2015 15:44

Clingmans Dome Road opens for the year

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Clingmans Dome Road in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park opened last week, six days ahead of its scheduled April…
Wednesday, 01 April 2015 15:43

Bike rodeo comes to Jackson County

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The Jackson County Bike Rodeo is calling all kids to come out 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 11,…
Wednesday, 01 April 2015 15:41

Locals take gold and silver in Assault on BlackRock

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The fifth annual Assault on BlackRock trail race is now in the rearview mirror, with 82 brave souls battling freezing…
Wednesday, 01 April 2015 15:27

Solarize WNC forums demystify solar energy for the masses

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A forum on how to transition to solar energy will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, at the…
Wednesday, 25 March 2015 16:13

Bear encounter causes camping restrictions

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Graveyard Fields is closed to overnight camping following a bear break-in to a tent in the popular recreation area, and…
Wednesday, 25 March 2015 16:06

Winter ends for Cataloochee

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Cataloochee Ski Area closed for the season Sunday, ending 141 days of open slopes for 2014-15. The season outstripped the…
Wednesday, 25 March 2015 16:05

Richland Creek restoration expands with new funding

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A recently awarded $200,000 grant will pay for two years of work to improve water quality and raise public awareness…
Wednesday, 25 March 2015 16:04

Brookies get a boost in the Smokies

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Following a seven-year brook trout restoration project, Lynn Camp Prong in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is now open…
Wednesday, 25 March 2015 16:02

Blue Ridge Breakaway registration open

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Early registration is open for the Blue Ridge Breakaway, a multi-distance bike ride based in Haywood County.