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Wednesday, 05 August 2015 14:56

Public comment open for state wildlife plan

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A plan to guide wildlife management in North Carolina for the next 10 years is being developed and public input…
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 16:07

Race Waynesville’s Main Street Mile

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A 1-mile race through downtown Waynesville on Friday, Aug. 21, will benefit the Shriners Hospitals for Children in Greenville, S.C.
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 16:07

Franklin gardens a home for wildlife

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Several Franklin property owners have made it a priority to garden with wildlife in mind, earning recognition from the National…
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 16:05

Feds decide to put hold on wolf program

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Reintroductions of endangered red wolves in eastern North Carolina will cease for the rest of 2015 following a decision by…
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 16:04

Have a wild time at the library

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The animals of Balsam Mountain Trust will make the rounds next week in a pair of library programs in Waynesville…
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 16:02

Celebrate solar at Innovation Brewing

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Fans of solar are invited to toast the success of a solar energy initiative launched in the mountains this spring…
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 16:39

Sunday hunting now OK in North Carolina

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Sunday hunting with firearms will now be legal on private property following passage of the Outdoor Heritage Act by the…
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 16:38

New guide highlights the best of Haywood’s homemade

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The new agritourism guide for Haywood County is out, highlighting farmers markets, plant nurseries, pick-your-own farms, roadside produce stands, Christmas…
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 16:37

Hendersonville woman becomes 50th person to hike the MST

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The tally of people who have hiked the entire 1,150-mile Mountains-to-Sea Trail reached 50 when Lorie Hansen, of Hendersonville, took…
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 18:07

Trail work causes closures in the Smokies

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Trails in the Forney Creek area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park outside Bryson City will be closed this…
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 18:06

Tribe earns award for greenhouse project

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A newly completed greenhouse project in Cherokee earned the tribe recognition from the Environmental Protection Agency this summer. 
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 18:04

What is white-nose syndrome?

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If you’ve heard rumor of an ecological catastrophe called white-nose syndrome, a lecture at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 23, at…
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 18:03

Take a road trip on the Jackson farm tour

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From shitakes to goats to greenhouses, farms and gardens in Jackson County will let the public in for a behind-the-scenes…
Wednesday, 08 July 2015 15:27

Lake Junaluska shoreline to become more stable

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A $3,360 grant from The Fund for Haywood County will allow Haywood Waterways Association to do some work on the…
Wednesday, 08 July 2015 15:27

Man dies in kayaking accident

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A man paddling in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park last Wednesday (July 1) died after his kayak capsized. Kenneth…
Wednesday, 08 July 2015 15:25

Cherokee welcomes four-legged athletes

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DockDogs to be held in Cherokee July 10-12, will showcase three days of leaping dogs doing tricks in mid-air while…
Wednesday, 08 July 2015 15:24

Hazel Creek area reopen following bear attack

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Backcountry trails and campsites are open again in the Hazel Creek area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for…
A program titled “4,000 Reasons to Love (and Protect) Native Bees” will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 16,…
Wednesday, 08 July 2015 15:20

Wildlife to sweep Sapphire

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Mountain Wildlife Days will return to Sapphire Valley Resort outside Cashiers July 17-18 this year, bringing plenty of opportunity to…
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 15:28

Ginseng lottery open

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Ginseng collectors have until July 15 to put their names in the hat for the U.S. Forest Service’s annual lottery…
A pilot education program for food pantries and other emergency food providers will hold a series of training classes from…
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 15:27

Senior walking group forming in Haywood

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Seniors interested in getting out for an early morning walk this summer are wanted for a now-forming group through the…
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 15:24

The low-down on lightning

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Lightning is one of nature’s most ephemeral forces, but scientists are still able to detect and measure these electrical displays.…
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 15:22

Remembering the old ways

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By Wil Shelton • SMN Intern For Whittier resident Anne Hill, sharing the history of Appalachia goes far beyond the realm…
By Wil Shelton • SMN Intern For Jeff Alt and his family, hiking is more a lifestyle than a hobby. “After…
Wednesday, 24 June 2015 16:12

Get the scoop on native plants

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Registration is now open for the 2015 Cullowhee Native Plant Conference at Western Carolina University, a four-day event featuring more…
Wednesday, 24 June 2015 16:10

Canton riverbank gets a makeover

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A much-used riverbank in the Canton Recreation Park is now a lot more stable, thanks to a protection project recently…
Wednesday, 24 June 2015 16:09

Become a Junior Ranger

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A lineup of summer programs in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will give young park-lovers the chance to earn…
Wednesday, 24 June 2015 16:08

Queen honored for environmental advocacy

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The N.C. League of Conservation Voters named Rep. Joe Sam Queen, D-Waynesville, as its 2015 Representative of the Year in…
Wednesday, 24 June 2015 16:06

Cause of hiker’s death still unknown

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The National Park Service is still waiting on the results of an autopsy looking into the cause of hiker Jenny…
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 15:28

Unveiling Horace Kephart

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A pair of programs about Horace Kephart, an adopted son of the Smokies who captured the culture of mountaineers in…
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 15:28

Swain gets second farmers market day

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The Swain County Farmers Market is branching out, this week launching a second market day 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays…
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 15:27

Annual bike ride to remember the Trail of Tears underway

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Seven Cherokee cyclists from North Carolina are in the midst of a 950-mile bike ride to Tahlequah, Oklahoma, an annual…
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 15:26

Live snakes to take the stage at Jackson library

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A program featuring scaly reptiles as the stars will return to the Jackson County Public Library at 11 a.m. and…
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 15:25

Bird-banders wanted

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Volunteers are needed for a summer monitoring project involving up-close contact with birds.
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 15:24

Festival to highlight historical women’s roles

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The Women’s Work Festival in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will give a glimpse into the historical roles rural…
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 17:46

Summer camp time at Highlands Nature Center

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Summer is here at the Highlands Nature Center, with a variety of summer day camps and half-day camps. Look through…
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 17:45

Saving the world one seed at a time

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James Veteto has a theory that seeds are a link to the past, connecting one generation to the other, not…
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 17:44

A.T. plates pass $1 million milestone

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It’s official: North Carolina Appalachian Trail license plates sales have crossed the $1 million mark.
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 17:43

Parkway gets its own quarter design

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The Blue Ridge Parkway will take its place on U.S. currency with a special quarter design this summer, as part…
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 17:40

Parkway programs start up for summer

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A ranger-guided hike along the Blue Ridge Parkway this Friday will mark the beginning of summer for the high-elevation road…
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 16:51

Farmers market season launches

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Growing season is upon us, and that means farmers of all stripes are harvesting produce to sell. Farmers markets around…
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 16:11

Family Nature Summit comes to Lake J

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Each year, the Family Nature Summit is held in some part of the country known for its special beauty and…
Wednesday, 03 June 2015 16:33

Volunteers sought to maintain trails

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Volunteers willing to work hard in the backcountry are sought to form this year’s Smokies Wilderness Elite Appalachian Trail Crew,…
Wednesday, 03 June 2015 16:29

Research gives hope for bat survival

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The release of 150 bats in Hannibal, Missouri, May 18 marked a milestone for the fight against white-nose syndrome, a…
Wednesday, 03 June 2015 16:27

Fly fishing museum headed for grand opening

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The Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians will hold its grand opening Saturday, June 6, in Cherokee, marking a…
Wednesday, 03 June 2015 16:27

Mast General sales to go toward conservation

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Purchases at Waynesville’s Mast General Store Saturday, June 6, will help out with land conservation.  For that day, the store…
Wednesday, 03 June 2015 16:26

New rec area open on Lake Glenville

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The Pines Recreation Area on Lake Glenville is now open, featuring a new swimming beach, fishing pier, picnic area, signage,…
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 16:08

WNC conservationists get recognition

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Western North Carolina was well represented in the round of annual conservation awards bestowed by the state’s 24 land trusts. …