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State & National Forest

TAKE A HIKE – NEW GUIDEBOOK HIGHLIGHTS WNC WILDFLOWER HIKES

SOURCE:  Karen Chavez/Asheville Citizen Times ¨Spring might be coming up in fits and starts across WNC, but now that the sun, rain and warmth have collided, it´s the perfect recipe for wildflower time.  Some of the blooms are so showy and famous, like the fluffy pinkish-purple Catawba Rhododendron, that peak in the high elevations around…

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WIDENING THE VIEW OF THE BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY

SOURCE:  Karen Chavez/Asheville Citizen Times ¨Renew The Views¨ project coming soon to the Blue Ridge Parkway… Imagine not getting a haircut for 80 years! That´s how the Blue Ridge Parkway is looking in some spots these days — a little hairy and ragged around the edges.  But in the first major project of its kind…

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DuPont WILDFLOWERS & WATERFALLS INSPIRE A BOOK

SOURCE:  Excerpted from an article by Matt McGregor for Transylvania Times We clipped this article as something of local interest, and then filed it for some reason.  The news is a year old, appearing in our local paper on July 20, 2017 — but it will still be of interested to nature lovers in our…

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NATURAL HISTORY OF THE SOUTHERN APPALACHIANS

Excerpted from an article by local naturalist and columnist for the Asheville Citizen-Times, George Ellison….USA TODAY NETWORK. Our favorite local naturalist/author, George Ellison, used to teach Elderhostel courses, and his niche was Natural History of the Southern Appalachians.  He devised an introductory presentation titled “Where Are We?” for his students, and wrote a recent column…

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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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