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RIVERS ELIGIBLE TO BE “WILD, SCENIC.” ?

Excerpted from an article by Park Baker, Staff Writer for The Transylvania Times “Many local residents will remember the push to save the Horsepasture River from a proposed hydroelectric facility that began in 1984.  The river flows into Transylvania County as it heads towards Lake Jocassee, dropping 1,700 feet over a stretch of four miles. …

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A FEW ITEMS OF LOCAL NEWS…

The following items are excerpted from recent articles in the Asheville Citizen-Times. “ASHEVILLE NEAR TOP OF BEST SMALL TOWNS LIST….John Boyle for the Asheville Citizen Times. Asheville has had no shortage of tourist s in recent years, and a recent US News & World Report story about the “Best Small Towns to Visit in the…

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NC TROUT FISHING NETS HUGE HAUL

Source:  Karen Chavez for the Asheville Citizen-Times “This is no big fish tale!  Rather it’s the reality that trout fishing creates big business for Western North Carolina. A study released recently, conducted by Responsive Management and Southwick Associates for the NC Wildlife Resources Commission, found that in 2014 nearly 149,000 trout anglers fished approximately 1.6…

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CATAWBA RHODODENDRONS ARE GETTING READY TO BLOOM

Excerpted from an article by Karen Chavez, Columnist for the Asheville Citizen-Times “It’s almost Catawba rhododendron time in Western North Carolina…..I’m sorry to play favorites with flowers, but these have to be the best.  Not only are they my favorite purple-lilac color, you don’t have to hike with your nose to the ground to scout…

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THE ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK IS A FEISTY BIRD…

Source:  George Ellison for the Asheville Citizen-Times Excerpted from a recent article by our favorite Bryson City-based local naturalist and philosopher, George Ellison. <<< “Here a rose-breasted grosbeak.  At first I thought it a tanager, but soon I perceived it more clear and instrumental…It is not at all shy, and our richest singer…the strain perfectly…

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PANTHERTOWN GROWS WITH A LOT OF HELP FROM ITS FRIENDS

SOURCE:  Karen Chavez, Columnist for Asheville Citizen-Times “…It’s amazing what a little help from your friends can accomplish.  Case in point – the rugged, forested, exceptionally pretty area of Panthertown (near Cashiers, NC) found a lot of friends from all kinds of places who helped to buy a little chunk of land that will make…

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THE CRADLE WILL ROCK

Excerpted from an article by Robert Beanblossom for the Asheville Citizen-Times. “FORESTRY SITE IN PISGAH NATIONAL FOREST IS STEEPED IN WNC HISTORY… …Nestled in a mountainous valley know as the Pink Beds (for its dense rhododendron growth) is the Cradle of Forestry in America, a national historic site.  This  spot in the heart of the…

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MAGAZINE: BREVARD IN TOP 8 OUTDOORSY RETIREMENT CHOICES!

Excerpted from an article by Special to the Asheville Citizen-Times “Brevard, North Carolina, has been selected a top retirement destination by Where To Retire, a magazine geared toward helping people with retirement relocation decisions.  Brevard is profiled in a feature titled “8 Invigorating Outdoorsy Towns” in the May/June 2017 issue, available nationwide April 11. Where…

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MORE TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE EVENTS PLANNED FOR WNC!

Excerpted from an article by Karen Chavez for Asheville Citizen-Times. “It’s still five months away, but August 21 has Western North Carolina buzzing, and busy making plans. This is the date of the once-in-a-lifetime total solar eclipse, a rare astronomical event in which the Earth, moon and sun line up so that the moon completely…

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THE US GEOLOGICAL SURVEY HAILS AN EARLY SPRING…

…AND TIES IT TO CLIMATE CHANGE. Excerpted from an article for The Washington Post/Energy and Environment by Chelsea Harvey – Feb. 24, 2017 “As the nation basks in some of the warmest February weather it has seen in decades, the US Geological Survey (USGS) has been quick to point out that the early spring conditions…

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