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If the stack of boxes piling up on the counter of the outfitter store at Nantahala Outdoor Center is any indication, thru-hiker season is coming fast. The parcels of food, reminders of home and creature comforts are welcome diversions from the travel-light lifestyle on the Appalachian Trail, where miles are many and luxuries are few.  “A lot of people ask about what you’re thinking about [on…
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 to fishing.
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.
Wednesday, 25 March 2015 16:01

Sales strong for Smokies plates

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Friends of the Smokies got its largest-ever fourth-quarter check from sales of the Smokies bear license plate, accruing $105,080 for projects on the North Carolina side of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. 
Wednesday, 25 March 2015 15:59

WNC teens strut environmental know-how

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Teams of middle and high school students from across Western North Carolina went head-to-head over their knowledge of environmental science and natural resource management March 13, with students from Haywood, Swain and Macon counties all representing at the Area 1 Envirothon Competition.
Wednesday, 18 March 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 recreation value. This year, it will be based in Lake Junaluska, June 27 to July 3.
Wednesday, 18 March 2015 16:09

Nature for the whole family

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By Danny Bernstein • Guest columnist When I first thought about taking my granddaughter, Hannah, on an outdoor experience, I looked at various intergenerational offerings but realized that she and I would be doing the same activities.
Wednesday, 18 March 2015 16:08

Nation’s best paddlers to compete at NOC

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The Nantahala Racing Club’s Whitewater U.S. Open will keep the river churning at Nantahala Outdoor Center March 27-29.
A U.S. Forest Service project aiming to improve wildlife habitat and forest health will allow logging, fire, thinning and other forest management techniques in a small area of the Nantahala National Forest on the Swain and Macon county line.
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 Main Street at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 2. 
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 the Cradle of Forestry in Pisgah National Forest.