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Wednesday, June 22, 2022
Wednesday, June 15, 2022

The landscapes around us are a hunting ground for some of the most efficient killers known to science. Insect predators come in a wide range of shapes, sizes and even motivations. Adult wasps, for example, hunt in order to feed their young and rely on nectar for personal sustenance.

Wednesday, June 08, 2022

Appalachian woodlands and forest edges are haunted by specters. Perched among bare branches and rocky ledges, silent predators take to the night in search of any small mammal, bird, insect or other creature unlucky enough to be caught out in the open.

There’s so much going on in the world right now-war, pandemic, mental health issues, killing of innocent children, politics, poverty. Some days I just want to hide my head, but I’m a generally optimistic person and so I try to turn my sorrow and anger toward action. I can’t solve everything,…

As spring fire season enters its third month, the USDA Forest Service and N.C. Forest Service are reminding the public to keep drones away from wildfires. Flying drones or unmanned aircraft systems near wildfire activity is not only extremely dangerous, but illegal.

Coyotes are common throughout North Carolina, even in cities and suburbs, but often go unnoticed because they are very good at avoiding people. However, biologists with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission say that coyote sightings spike in the spring, so it’s imperative to know what attra…

State Veterinarian Mike Martin announced last week that the suspension of North Carolina poultry shows and public sales have been lifted.

Wednesday, June 01, 2022

Blue Ridge Parkway campgrounds, picnic areas and visitor centers have opened with full services for the 2022 visitor season, and National Park Service managers want to take the opportunity to remind visitors that their actions while recreating along the Parkway can help them and other park v…

As the weather is getting warmer more people start cooking with their outside grill. Grilling is a fun, easy, and quick way of cooking that usually doesn’t leave behind too much of a mess. Most likely if a person grills regularly they know a little about grilling safety, but here are some sa…

The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation has secured two grants totaling $911,117 from the U.S. Economic Development Administration to support economic development planning in the Blue Ridge Parkway corridor in Virginia and North Carolina.

Overnight visitors to Panthertown Valley in the Nantahala National Forest are now required to use bear-resistant containers for all food, scented items and trash that gives off an odor that might attract bears.

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Jackson County 4-H and Smoky Mountain High School Future Farmers of America are excited to announce a partnership that will provide Jackson County youth with endless opportunities to develop life skills through agriculturally focused education in the form of projects and career development e…

Students from Jackson Community School on May 11 listen to Ken Brown of the Watershed Association of the Tuckaseigee River explain how trout fingerlings will adapt to a new environment after their release into the river.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will open 34 trout streams and two lakes classified as Delayed Harvest to trout harvest on June 4 through Sept. 30.

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Results from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s annual deer harvest summary indicate hunters across the state reported harvesting 168,427 deer during the 2021-22 hunting season – a 6.3 percent increase compared to the average harvest the last three seasons.

Mainspring Conservation Trust, Needmore Outdoors and Endless Rivers Adventures are partnering together for a community float trip down the Tuckaseigee River on Thursday, May 26.

It’s that time of year when I’ve been itching to be out in the yard, cleaning up and getting ready to plant. Now I’m itching, literally.

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Officials with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission reported Monday that no additional positive chronic wasting disease infections have been found in the 2021-22 deer harvest since the single deer that tested positive in Yadkin County in March.

The Great Smoky Mountains Association has published a new field guide dedicated to some of the aquatic residents of the Smokies. Intuitively organized and small enough to fit in a pocket, “Fishes of the Smokies” includes detailed photography and key details for each species featured.

In the next couple of months millions of children and youth will head off to summer camp. There are 7,000 overnight camps in America, and more than 5,000 day camps.

Wednesday, May 04, 2022

The mason bees are in flight. In the U.S. and Canada there are more than 130 species of mason bee, however only 30 are native to the east coast. Mason bees frequently make their nests in hollow reeds, tubes, or holes in dead standing trees.

When we talk about the Mediterranean diet we are usually discussing it with older adults to help manage a chronic disease such as diabetes, heart disease or high blood pressure. But kids can also benefit from eating consistent with the traditional Mediterranean way of eating.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced that the public comment period on the proposed Smokies Parking Tag, camping fee and day-use facility rate changes has been extended through May 11 due to a network outage that was scheduled from April 29 through May 1.

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Early spring is the time of year that the loudest singers of the night begin their songs. I’m not talking about crickets - the frogs and toads in the landscapes around us are just beginning to emerge from their winter slumbers.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is seeking public comments through May 20 on a major revision to the 2015 Wildlife Action Plan that will add plants to the list of North Carolina’s Species of Greatest Conservation Need. The addendum documents and comment portal are available online.

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Jen Knight of the Balsam Mountain Trust Nature Center speaks to Jackson County fifth-graders about a king snake she is holding. The students participated in two Conservation Field Days on April 6 and 7 at East LaPorte Recreation Park.

If you suspect bats may be living in your home, biologists at the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission ask that you relocate them responsibly before pup rearing season begins on May 1.

According to Education Week, having good oral communication skills is ranked at the top of lists of skills sought after by employers. (www.edweek.org) Public speaking is also ranked as a high anxiety experience for many people.

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

On the heels on being recertified as a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, Western Carolina University is holding a series of sustainability events during Earth Week, April 19 to April 25.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is seeking public input on proposed fee program changes for 2023, including a new parkwide parking fee and an increase to existing fee rates at frontcountry and backcountry campsites, picnic pavilions and day-use cabin rentals.

A sample from a hunter-harvested, white-tailed deer in Yadkin County has tested positive for chronic wasting disease.

Wednesday, April 06, 2022

The U.S. Forest Service last Friday identified individuals who will be considered eligible objectors to the revised forest plan for the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests. 

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Wild turkey hunting season opens in North Carolina on April 2. The youth season is April 2 – 8, and the statewide season is April 9 – May 7. Hunters are limited to two turkeys for the season, only one of which may be taken during the youth season.

Farming is one of the most important professions there is. I know I could not survive on my own without farms because as much as I enjoy planting seeds in the spring, I am over the maintenance by July. It is just not the profession I was cut out for. Thankfully there are people out there tha…