Outdoors roundup

Help protect the Tuck

A meeting to determine the future for the Watershed Association of the Tuckaseigee River will be held 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 1, at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Sylva. 

WATR’s longtime executive director Roger Clapp retired at the end of 2017, and a new director is needed. The meeting will be an overall chance to regroup and thoughtfully co-create WATR’s future, goals and optimal structure. Participants will discuss WATR’s long-term vision, the potential of partner projects with key area organizations and the need to fill executive director and board member positions. 

WATR is a public nonprofit that works to provide protection, education and monitoring surrounding the Tuckasegee River watershed. 

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Lifeguarding course offered in Waynesville

An American Red Cross lifeguarding course will be offered at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28, at the Waynesville Recreation Center. 

Book work for the certification will be done online and skill sessions will be conducted in the rec center pool. Successful candidates must pass a swim pretest on the first day, which requires swimming 300 yards continuously, treading water for two minutes using legs only and a timed brick dive. They will then be given a link to access the online portion of the course. After passing the line portion and exam, candidates will return to the rec center to complete the final skills session. 

Minimum age is 15 years. $200 course cost. Luke Kinsland, 828.456.2030 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Befriend the MST

Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail will gather for a conference March 23-25 in Elkin, a weekend full of opportunity to learn more about the trail and ways to help its development going forward. 

The weekend will include dinner Friday and the annual membership meeting on Saturday. Both days will include a full schedule of trail and town excursions for attendees to explore the outdoors and learn more about this special part of North Carolina. 

Registration is $75 and open to members only. Memberships are available for $35. RSVPs required by March 16. Sign up at http://conta.cc/2ne6UnK. 


Get a jump on berry season

A seminar on growing strawberries, blackberries and raspberries will be offered at a trio of locations over the next several weeks. 

  • 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, at the Jackson County Extension Center in Sylva.

The session will cover all the basic cultural needs of these three berry types. Topics will include site selection and preparation, soil conditions, fertility needs, spacing, trellising, weed control, cultivar selection, pruning, training, harvesting and pest control options. 

Free, with registration required by contacting Christine Bredenkamp, 828.488.3848 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 


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