Outdoors

 

Purging the pigs: Pilot program aims 
to knock back feral swine populations

When Europeans first began exploring North America, they knew precious little about the land toward which they traveled — or what they’d find to eat once they arrived.

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Grants awards fuel WNC conservation projects

Conservation projects in Western North Carolina will receive $6.6 million of the $70.3 million in N.C. Land and Water Fund grant awards announced this fall. 

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Notes from a plant nerd: Gentians, pronounced like ‘gen-shun’

It used to be, when I was first getting into wildflowers, that I would see the gentians begin to bloom, and my heart would sink a bit. The melancholy would start to grow, and I’d get a little sad knowing that the end of the wildflower season was getting near. See, I consider gentians to be the last wildflower to bloom in the fall. Now I know that this isn’t exactly true, as the flowers of witch-hazel, Hamamelis virginiana, only start blooming in the fall and can continue to bloom through December. 

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Photographer to share leaf season tips

Get the most out of leaf season on the Blue Ridge Parkway with a webinar featuring photographer J. Scott Graham at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 6. 

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Draft red wolf plan released

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released a draft version of a plan to guide recovery of the critically endangered red wolf, with a virtual public meeting to offer an update on the Red Wolf Recovery Program 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5. 

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Visitor survey starting in the Pisgah-Nantahala

Every five years, the National Forests in North Carolina surveys its visitors to glean a wide range of information, and the process will begin in the Pisgah and Nantahala national forests Saturday, Oct. 1. 

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Experience leaf season in Highlands

Join the Highlands Nature Center at 4 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout October for the Autumn Amble leaf tour exploring the Highlands Botanical Garden. 

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Tour the Waynesville Watershed

Hike the Waynesville Watershed during a guided hike offered Thursday, Oct. 13, starting at the Waynesville water treatment plant on Rocky Branch Trail.

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Birding course offered by Folkmoot

A six-week course on birds and birding will kick off at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, at the Folkmoot Friendship Center in Waynesville. 

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