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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

As March quickly approaches, the urge to be outdoors pruning, preparing and planting in and around our garden and landscape areas comes instinctively to most individuals as temperatures reach Hi-Low (F) averages between 59.2-31.9 degrees and precipitation around 3.19 inches.

North Carolinians can help conserve North Carolina’s wildlife with a voluntary contribution to the Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Fund, found on line 30 of the North Carolina state income tax form.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

The Small Business Center at Southwestern Community College and the Center for Environmental Farming Systems are offering the free seminar “How to Make Money on the Farm” from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at the Qualla Fire Station.

As of 2019, Swain County 4-H Livestock Club was in its second year. With 15 members, the Tangled Feet Stompers also has new youth members as well. With 4-H ages ranging from 5 to 19, there is constant need for clubs and groups to recruit new members or they will eventually dwindle and cease …

Soil testing is a quick and accurate method to determine the relative acidity of the soil (pH) and the level of several essential nutrients (phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium, sodium, sulfur, manganese, copper, and zinc) needed. The test results will aid in plant selection, soil prep…

Wednesday, January 08, 2020

If you look at the sky outside right now, chances are you’ll see a cloud. On a normal day over half of the planet is covered in clouds. These masses of water vapor operate at a wide range of altitudes, and take on a variety of types depending on their location and height.

Wednesday, January 01, 2020

Southwestern Community College’s Small Business Center is offering a free seminar to help those interested in growing vegetables, fruits, other crops and livestock learn how to turn their ideas into sustainable businesses.

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Evergreen plants have been used throughout human history to enliven spaces during the cold, dreary and often green-free winter. This time of year, Americans are constantly reminded of the holiday spirit as they pass festively decorated trees in stores, businesses and even most living rooms.

What are some of your favorite holiday activities? Could it be singing Christmas songs such as “O Holy Night,” “Little Snowflake,”The First Noel” or “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer?”

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue designated farmers in three North Carolina counties, including Jackson, as primary natural disaster areas. Those who suffered losses due to recent drought may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency emergency loans.

Butterflies are far more complex than their carefree fluttering nature usually lets on. Although the butterflies in your area all appear similar and act in the same general fashion, scientists are discovering subtle clues that set each butterfly species apart from the others. In fact, the bu…

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Horses! They’re beautiful, inspirational, provide exercise, teach us about ourselves, connect us with nature and offer us friendship. Many youth are attracted to horses and want to learn to ride.

Spotted lanternfly, Lycorma delicatula, is an invasive planthopper native to Asia. It was first detected in the United States in Pennsylvania in 2014. Although this insect has not yet been found in North Carolina, the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has started a widespr…

Wednesday, December 04, 2019
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