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Wednesday, 20 July 2016 15:38

Planning begins for logging project in Haywood

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out frRound tables and large, neon sticky notes characterized last week’s kickoff of a planning process to cut timber and create elk habitat in a remote corner of northeastern Haywood County.  

About 50 people representing groups including the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, MountainTrue, The Nature Conservancy, the Ruffed Grouse Society and Haywood County government — among a host of others — found their way to the room at the N.C. Arboretum in Asheville, taking a seat on the large circle of chairs waiting for them.

out internshipStudents and teachers from communities around the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are starting six weeks of hands-on learning and exploring alongside park rangers.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016 15:21

WNC angling to take over television

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out TVJackson County will be displayed on national television this week with the airing of Anglers & Appetites, a show that aims to discover the best of fishing and eating in the United States.

out redwolfPetitions bearing nearly half a million signatures urging protection of the endangered red wolf made their way to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service last week, about one year after the USFWS announced it would suspend a program reintroducing red wolves to the wild.

Wednesday, 13 July 2016 15:26

Ginseng lottery open

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out ginsengThe lottery is open for permits to harvest one of Western North Carolina’s most valuable plants. 

Wednesday, 13 July 2016 15:25

LEGO masterpieces celebrate the natural world

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out legobutterflyNature-inspired LEGO creations will add an extra incentive to hit up the N.C. Arboretum the next few months, with the exhibit — called “Nature Connects: Art with LEGO Bricks” — featuring more than 370,000 bricks’ worth of creativity. 

out clingmansClingmans Dome Observation Tower will get a makeover thanks to a $250,000 grant that supporters of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park landed through participation in an online voting contest. 

Wednesday, 27 April 2016 00:00

Farmers Market news

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out farmersmarketsThe mountains are greening, the gardens are growing and farmers market season is beginning. Markets around the region are starting up, offering up fresh food, locally made products and community atmosphere.