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Wednesday, 30 November 2016 16:52

To the bluffs: Two-year Alum Cave Trail project culminates

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It’s a miraculously warm, blue-skied November day, the iconic Alum Cave Trail stretching smoothly from the trailhead. 

The trail invites, almost audibly, framed by a mosaic of rhododendron, leafless deciduous trees and towering hemlocks that have thus far resisted the onslaught of the hemlock wooly adelgid. Tightly constructed wooden bridges and steps interject the trail’s leaf-and-dirt flooring, a stone drainage here and there waiting, shrouded with ferns, to siphon runoff from the trail when the drought finally ends.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016 16:51

Hemp could be grown in N.C. by 2017

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North Carolina is working to establish rules for a pilot program allowing industrial hemp production, with the newly formed N.C. Industrial Hemp Commission holding its first meeting this month.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016 16:51

Dicks Creek Fire could become outdoor classroom for WCU

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When the wildfires burning across Western North Carolina are extinguished, Western Carolina University faculty will likely be eying their footprints for outdoor classrooms.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016 16:49

Donation will restore HCC dahlia garden

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After disease wiped out Haywood Community College’s famed dahlia garden this year, the Carolinas Dahlia Society stepped up with a donation to restore the garden to its former glory.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016 16:48

Elk volunteers snag support

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The elk viewing experience in the Cataloochee Valley area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will get a boost thanks to a $3,500 grant that Friends of the Smokies received from the Haywood County Tourism and Development Authority.

Wednesday, 23 November 2016 19:05

Solar grid proposed for the Smokies

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A plan to replace a 3.5-mile overhead power line with a solar array to deliver energy to communications equipment atop Mount Sterling in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is open for public comment through Dec. 13.

Wednesday, 23 November 2016 19:03

Parkway conservation projects celebrated in new website

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A new website highlighting land protection projects along the North Carolina section of the Blue Ridge Parkway is up and running, touting 76 properties totaling 63,948 acres that had been protected as of Dec. 31, 2015.

Wednesday, 23 November 2016 19:02

Discover Grotto Falls

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A hike to Grotto Falls in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will traverse old-growth hemlock forest with a scenic waterfall waiting at the trail’s end on Tuesday, Dec. 6. 

Wednesday, 23 November 2016 19:01

Sustainable forestry an award-winner for EBCI

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The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians was honored for its use of positive-impact forestry on the Qualla Boundary when the EBCI Office of Natural Resources won the 2016 EcoForester Award in a ceremony celebrating local forest products industry and sustainable forestry. 

Wednesday, 09 November 2016 15:18

Arboretum to light up for winter

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The Winter Lights exhibit at the N.C. Arboretum in Asheville will open Friday, Nov. 18, returning brighter than ever for its third year with nearly 500,000 lights.