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Wednesday, September 22, 2021

As part of the National Environmental Education Foundation’ Public Lands Day, volunteers are invited to roll up their sleeves on Saturday and make a difference.

N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission officials announced on Sept. 10 that the outbreak affecting songbirds since May 2020 seems to be subsiding and, thanks to diligent reporting by North Carolina residents, appears not to have notably impacted birds in our state.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced that Heintooga Round Bottom Road on the North Carolina side of the park will be temporarily closed though Sept. 24.

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Have you admired a locust tree recently? These interesting trees can usually be identified by their clusters of small leaves and particularly rough bark.

Archery season for white-tailed deer opened Sept. 11 statewide. As deer hunters prepare for their first outing, whether it’s archery this weekend or black powder or gun season later this year, it’s imperative to prioritize hunter safety.

Wednesday, September 08, 2021

Great Smoky Mountains National Park staff are hosting several volunteer workdays in September on trails throughout the park. These opportunities are ideal for people who enjoy hiking and hands-on work in a beautiful setting. Volunteer service will take place alongside experienced park staff …

Wednesday, September 01, 2021
Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Our planet is a watery world. With more than 70 percent of the surface covered by H2O, life on Earth is closely tied to the coming and going of this critical compound. Even on the small portions of the world that lie above water’s reach, the liquid is essential to the day-to-day happenings o…

On Aug. 12 U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack declared a natural disaster in South Carolina based on damages and losses caused by freezing temperatures that occurred April 22.

Jackson County 4-H Youth George Scott (left) and Ava Bryson received gold – first place – in the 4-H Presentations competition this year. The Presentations competition is a judged contest with youth making a 5-minute speech about a topic of interest. This year three Jackson County members pr…

The N.C. Chief Medical Examiner’s office recently released a final report confirming that the death last summer of Great Smoky Mountains National Park visitor Patrick Madura was likely due to trauma caused by a bear.

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

If you are a livestock producer it is not a matter of “if” but “when” where hoof issues are concerned. Cattle, sheep and goats will all end up lame at some point and the underlying problems causing the lameness may not always be clear.

The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Air Quality has partnered with the N.C. State Climate Office to develop a new air quality tool, the Ambient Information Reporter. The tool contains statewide weather and air quality observations about past, current and forecasted air…

Wednesday, August 11, 2021
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Today I’d like to discuss the “personal bank account.” Life is changing at a rapid pace and today’s youth are dealing with issues that many earlier generations never considered. It can all seem overwhelming for a kid, and we hear more and more news stories about school shootings, bullying, p…

Wednesday, August 04, 2021

The Department of Chemistry and Physics at Western Carolina University will host a viewing of the Perseid meteor shower from 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 11, through sunrise on Thursday, Aug. 12, at Waterrock Knob on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Foxes are known to be sly, but that doesn’t necessary mean not seen. It’s breeding season and young foxes, called kits or pups, and their parents are spending more time outside of the den, making sightings more likely.

The Great Smoky Mountains Association has announced that its 2022 wall calendar, featuring “stunning” photography of wildlife throughout the Smokies, is now available for purchase both in park stores and online. Each of the dozen vibrant images is accompanied by information about the picture…

Wednesday, July 21, 2021
Wednesday, July 14, 2021

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency is accepting nominations for county committee members.

Wednesday, July 07, 2021

As hikers take to the trails in North Carolina and Virginia this summer, the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation is hosting a free 30-minute “Hiking the Blue Ridge Parkway” webinar at 11 a.m., Tuesday, July 13, presented by author Randy Johnson.

A new National Park Service report shows that 12,095,721 people visited Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 2020 and spent $1,024,024,000 in communities near the park. The spending supported 14,707 jobs in the area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $1.38 billion.

The Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests will not issue American ginseng harvest permits this year due to continued declines and low population levels observed through monitoring and surveys.

Wednesday, June 30, 2021
Wednesday, June 23, 2021

This Independence Day, anyone in North Carolina, regardless of age, will be able to fish for free.

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Results from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s 2020 annual bear harvest summary show that hunters statewide recorded the highest harvest total on record at 3,748 bears – an 8 percent increase compared to the previous season.