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PROGRAM TO FOCUS ON COUNTY GEOLOGY

Excerpted from an article in The Transylvania Times –  July 27, 2017 “The August “Discover Natural Transylvania” program at the Transylvania County Library will explore the billion-year-old geologic  history of Transylvania County.  Geologist Rick Wooten’s presentation, “The Geology of Transylvania County and Vicinity:  Mountains, Faults, Waterfalls, Landslides and More.” will highlight mountain geology within the…

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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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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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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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TAKE A WINTER HIKE THIS HOLIDAY

Excerpted from an article by Karen Chavez for Asheville Citizen-Times “WNC STATE PARKS ARE NOW OPEN AGAIN AFTER FIRES… “…During November and early December, it seemed like all the Western North Carolina forests were on fire…at different times, all the state parks in WNC were closed due to fires…many trails throughout the Nantahala National Forest…

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SMOKIES’ “MISSING LINK” IS NEARING COMPLETION

Excerpted from an article by Erik Schelzig for the Associated Press. “Walland, Tennesee – Efforts to extend a serpentine ridge-top road with soaring views of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park have been thwarted for decades as engineers have grappled with how to complete a 1.6-mile stretch known as the missing link.  A $35 million…

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CATCH FALL IN THE SMOKIES

Excerpted from an article by Karen Chavez for Asheville Citizen-Times “If a lifetime love affair could be adequately expressed, it would include fascination and respect, thousands of miles by air, car and foot, and a package of notes and photos delivered from the heart (and several years of exhaustive research).  Such is the affection Tim…

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