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out frAs stand after stand of towering hemlocks falls to the appetite of an insect smaller than a grain of rice, foresters and wildlife managers alike are scrambling for an answer to the hemlock wooly adelgid.

The invasive pest is still chomping steadily through Appalachian forests, threatening to forever alter the ecological landscape of the mountains.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014 15:55

History and watershed hike in the Smokies

out midnightholeA guided hike along Big Creek in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will be held at noon April 26 by the Haywood Waterways Association.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014 15:53

Anonymous donation rocks the national park

out donationAn anonymous donor gifted $2.2 million to Great Smoky Mountains Association last week, one of the largest cash donations ever given to support Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The donation will be made in five installments between through 2018.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014 15:51

Haywood agritourism guide available

out buyhaywoodFrom farmers markets to roadside stands to U Pick farms to plant nurseries to historic preservation sites, Haywood County’s agricultural heritage is showcased in Buy Haywood’s recently released 2014 Agritourism Guide.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014 15:48

Graveyard Fields closing for upgrades

out graveyardOne the Blue Ridge Parkway’s most popular recreation areas will soon be closing for construction. The Graveyard Fields parking area and trailhead, at milepost 418.8, will close for approximately 11 weeks beginning April 22.