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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Burt Kornegay’s “A Guide’s Guide to Panthertown” is a detailed guide to Panthertown Valley, a 6,311-acre backcountry recreation area in Western North Carolina’s Nantahala National Forest, east of Cashiers. 

With winter fast approaching, the U.S. Forest Service urges outdoor enthusiasts to “Know Before You Go” and follow simple tips to stay safe when visiting the Nantahala, Pisgah, Uwharrie and Croatan National Forests during the colder months.

The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation is announcing a matching grant for the organization’s new Trails and Views Forever fund. An anonymous donor is offering a challenge grant of $300,000 to jump-start this initiative to repair trails, picnic areas, campgrounds, overlooks and other amenities on …

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Western Carolina University’s Hunter Library has published a reissue edition of a book that chronicles the personal experiences of hiking, camping and adventure in a pre-park Great Smoky Mountains.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

In 2005, the N.C. General Assembly passed legislation making the Fraser fir the official Christmas tree of North Carolina. Called “The Cadillac of Christmas Trees,” the Fraser is famed for its shape, beauty and ability to hold its needles long after other holiday trees have shed.

An American Camp Association survey of more than 5,000 families confirmed that summer camp helps “build skills necessary to prepare campers to assume roles as successful adults.”

Wednesday, November 06, 2019
Wednesday, October 30, 2019

If you don’t hunt, you might not realize that nearly all of the national forest lands in North Carolina are open to hunting and you need to take precautions to stay safe during hunting season.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Numerous species native to the United States are threatened with extinction, and have been classified as “endangered” or “threatened” by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.

Wednesday, October 09, 2019
Wednesday, October 02, 2019
Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Autumn is here and now is the perfect time to enhance the amazing array of fall colors by decorating with winter squash, pumpkins and gourds. As members of the Cucurbitaceae, or cucumber family, these vegetables offer varying colors of blue, green, orange, crème, pink and variegated types to…

WNC Agricultural Options is now accepting grant applications from farmers diversifying or expanding their businesses. With funding from the N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund Commission, WNC AgOptions is distributing a total of $219,000 to Western North Carolina farmers in 2020. The application deadlin…

A new Species-a-Day perpetual flip calendar available now in Great Smoky Mountains National Park visitor centers allows park enthusiasts to learn more about a place renowned for its diversity of plant and animal life on each day of this and all years to come.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Lately I’ve been seeing lists of “skills kids need to know” on social media. These include things like how to shake hands, how to make scrambled eggs, how to take care of a garden, how to wash dishes, how to read a map, how to balance a checkbook and how to care for a pet (among many others)…

The N.C. Department of Agriculture’s Pesticide Disposal Assistance Program, in cooperation with the Jackson County Extension Center and Jackson County government, will be offering Pesticide Collection Day for residents of Jackson and Swain counties and the surrounding area.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park has reached a biodiversity milestone with the discovery and documentation of 20,000 species of plants, animals and other organisms.

Wednesday, September 04, 2019
Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Great Smoky Mountains National Park recently installed webcams at Newfound Gap and Clingmans Dome, providing visitors with near real-time access to weather conditions and views from the highest elevations in the park.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is recruiting volunteers during the fall season to help manage elk viewing opportunities in the Oconaluftee and Cataloochee areas of the park. Volunteers are needed to work through mid-November for one, four-hour shift per week in the late afternoons.