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Upper French Broad Riverfest Returns Saturday, June 24 - Rosman, NC

The second annual celebration of Transylvania's Upper French Broad River is Saturday, June 24. The Transylvania French Broad Stewards, a local volunteer citizens' group, the town of Rosman and...

 

Cradle Of Forestry Celebrates National Pollinator Week

The Cradle of Forestry in America invites all ages to come learn about insects and their relatives on Saturday, June 24 in honor of National Pollinator Week. From 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. activities and displays around the Cradle’s Forest Discovery Center...

 
 By Josh Kelly    Outdoors    June 19, 2017

As Emerald Ash Borer Spreads In North Carolina, A Call Goes Out For Landowners To Help Save Trees

Western North Carolina has been hit hard by exotic tree pests and diseases. We all know the story of chestnut blight that wiped out the most numerous and important tree in our forests in the early...

 

July 19 Deadline Set To Enter Ginseng Harvest Permit Lottery- Brevard NC

The Nantahala and Pisgah national forests have announced that forest visitors have until July 19 to submit contact information to a ranger district office to participate in the lottery to receive a ginseng harvest permit this year. Visitors must...

 

Wildlife Commission Accepting Photo Contest Submissions

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is accepting entries to its 13th annual Wildlife in North Carolina Photo Competition until 5 p.m., Sept. 1, 2017. The contest is open to amateur and professional photographers of all ages, except for employees...

 

PNF Pre-Draft Plan Released, Public Comments Open Until Sept. 1

The title "pre-draft" may sound a little odd, but that's exactly what was released a couple of weeks back when the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) rolled out the latest in the Nantahala/Pisgah Revision...

 
 By Tristan Cowie    Outdoors    June 5, 2017

Gearing Up For Race Season - Brevard, NC

Springtime can be a tricky beast. Sometimes it can be warm and nice, with a cool breeze stirring the bright green leaves on nearby trees. Sometimes it can be cool and wet with heavy raindrops falling...

 

Mulally Wins U.S. Open

Brevard mountain biker Neko Mulally won the U.S. Open downhill race last weekend in New Jersey. Athletes raced the clock from the top of the mountain, and the event brought in riders from all over...

 

Cradle To Host Woodsy Owl's Curiosity Club

The Cradle of Forestry in America today announced that it will hold a nature and educational series titled “Woodsy Owl’s Curiosity Club” every Thursday this summer, beginning June 15 and ending August 10. Programs are held from 10:30 a.m. to...

 
 By Gary Peeples    Outdoors    June 5, 2017

The Rare & Endangered Bog Turtle - Brevard, NC

At first blush, it didn't seem like prime wildlife habitat. It was a cow pasture, with cows, and it was ringed by a barbed wire fence, with nary a deer track in site. But it was home to a very...

 

Ride Draws Hundreds: WNC Flyer Riders Pedal Throughout Valley - Brevard, NC

The WNC Flyer, formally known as The Fletcher Flyer, was held Sunday. The ride, which offered four courses running through the French Broad River Valley from Rosman to Mills River, began and ended at...

 

Smallest Full Moon Of 2017 Is This Month

In view of all the recent hype over super moons, astronomers at the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI) point out that the upcoming June full moon will be the smallest of 2017, i.e., a mini-moon. Why do we have full moons of different...

 

Mountain Roots Expands Day Camp To Cover Entire Summer - Brevard, NC

Mountain Roots Day Camp provides an opportunity for campers to play, learn, and grow with new and old friends in a beautiful outdoor setting. The nine sessions of day camp will be hosted in three loca...

 

Outdoor Destination: White Owl Falls

This week's outdoor destination is White Owl Falls on the Thompson River. The Thompson River empties out of Nantahala National Forest before dropping into Lake Joccassee in South Carolina, and White...

 

Bike Trail Report For The Week Of May 29, 2017

Bike Trail Report For The Week Of May 29, 2017 Sponsored by Sycamore Cycles •Conditions are dry in both DuPont and Pisgah. Weekend storm may have brought down trees not listed in this report. Be careful out there. •Backcountry Horsemen reported...

 

Guest Column: Promoting Responsibly-Managed Woodlands

Western North Carolina is home to some of the most beautiful forests in the nation. Collectively, owners of private woodland comprise more than 65 percent of forestland in the southeastern region of the United States. The future of these forests is i...

 

PARI To Give Guided Tour Of The Galaxy

Want to know where to look for planets, constellations and other night-sky features this summer? The public is invited to find out at PARI Friday, June 9. The evening's activities will include a tour...

 

Library To Present 'Waterfalls: Beauty And Danger' On June 1

The Transylvania County Library's new monthly program series, "Discover Natural Transylvania," gets underway on Thursday, June 1, at 6:30 p.m. in the Rogow Room. DuPont State Rec-reational Forest...

 

Cradle Of Forestry Offers Beaver And Butterfly Sessions - Brevard, NC

The Cradle of Forestry invites the public to a program, “Bogs, Bugs and Beavers,” on Saturday, May 27. The program begins in the Forest Discovery Center at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. with an introduction about beavers’ adaptations to living in a...

 

Sliding Rock Opens Memorial Day Weekend, New Management

One of western North Carolina’s favorite destinations, Sliding Rock in the Pisgah National Forest, will be operated by the Cradle of Forestry Interpretative Association (CFAIA) for the 2017 season. Carlton Murrey, Executive Director of CFAIA said...

 

South East Regional Championship series

Wes and Hannah Dickson raced the South East Regional Championship series in Chattanooga this past weekend. Wes placed first in the 40-49 men and Hannah placed second in Pro/Cat 1 w...

 

Dylan Johnson wins the Pisgah 111

Local mountain biker Dylan Johnson took the top spot and set a new course record on Saturday in the Pisgah 111k, a 65-mile ride on some tough terrain....

 

Find Diversity In Local Wetlands – But Tread Lightly

Swamp, marsh, quagmire – whatever you want to call them, wetlands seem to always get a bad rap. They're blamed for being bug factories, said to be snake-infested, and damned if you can't build a...

 
 By Park Baker    Outdoors    May 18, 2017

Playprints - Brevard, NC

Hugh MacMillan has been busy this week painting different murals on the bike path through town. This hopscotch painting on the section by the middle school is meant to be fun way to attract kids to...

 
 By Park Baker    Outdoors    May 15, 2017

Pisgah Pride Day Draws 300 Volunteers - Brevard, NC

About 300 people volunteered for this spring's Pisgah Pride Day. Projects like trail maintenance on Black Balsam, invasive species removal along forest service road 475 B, and cleaning up trash in...

 

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