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out frMore than 100 people filled the room at Asheville’s Crowne Plaza Hotel earlier this month, but they weren’t there for the pretzels. This 16th meeting in the forest management plan revision process for the Pisgah and Nantahala national forests drew people from across Western North Carolina representing a spectrum of interests. Those interests all converged on one topic — wildlife. 

“The overall theme that I feel like from the wildlife habitat perspective is to manage this forest for diversity,” Sheryl Bryan, a U.S. Forest Service wildlife biologist, told the crowd. 

More than 300 of the 1,000-plus comments the Forest Service has received so far about its management plan pertained to wildlife, and of those, Bryan said, “we did by far receive the most comments concerning the amount of early successional habitat and the mix of age classes associated with that. So the elephant’s out there and we’re going to talk about that.”

Wednesday, 23 July 2014 13:43

New moth species named for Cherokee

out mothA new moth species recently discovered in the Southern Appalachians has a locally inspired name.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014 13:39

WCU fishermen head to national competition

out fishingWestern Carolina University will send two students to the national Bassmaster College Series National Championship following a third place win at a regional bass fishing competition in June. 

out asterA coalition of public and private conservation organizations is stepping up to save the Georgia aster, a purple Southern flower that is on the verge of being listed under the Endangered Species Act. 

out naturalprodsWestern Carolina University will launch a new master’s degree in chemistry this fall with a professional science concentration in natural products.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014 13:36

Birds of Prey program comes to Oconaluftee

out birdspreyRaptors will ride into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park with a birds of prey program 10 a.m. Friday, July 25, at Oconaluftee Visitor Center. 

out mushroomsExplore the diversity of fungi in the Southern Appalachian Mountains and their relationships with native plants through upcoming programs at the Highlands Biological Station.