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What was once a wildfire became an outdoor classroom for students in Western Carolina University’s Natural Resource Conservation and Management Program this spring. 

As part of a spring capstone course, 23 students studied four post-fire aspects of the forest ecosystem — forest composition, wildlife habitat, soil and water. Now, they’ve just finished compiling and analyzing the data they gleaned from the 728-acre burned area of the Dicks Creek drainage near Dillsboro.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017 15:41

End in sight for Foothills Parkway

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The final phase of construction is underway for the Foothills Parkway — which is administered by the Great Smoky Mountains National Park — with the 16-mile section scheduled for completion within 12 to 18 months.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017 15:40

Teach kids a love of fishing

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More than 40 kids fishing events will be offered in North Carolina over the next month, part of an annual effort from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017 15:38

Celebrate National Trails Day

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National Trails Day is coming up Saturday, June 3, and outdoors organizations across the region will be offering opportunity for folks to get outside and enjoy the mountains.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017 16:02

New book revives Hazel Creek history

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A new book has hit the shelves exploring the history of the Hazel Creek community, which is now one of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s most isolated areas.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017 16:01

Explore the Smokies, support the park

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An overnight excursion to a remote section of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will explore the area in style Aug. 28-29.

Wednesday, 01 March 2017 16:23

Solar eclipse viewing tickets on sale

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 Tickets are now on sale for the Great American Solar Eclipse in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, available on a first-come, first-served basis for $30 apiece.