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Spring Photo Contest Celebrates Habitat At Home

When you step out your door, do you feel like you've stepped into nature? What do you see or hear that connects you to the rest of the living world? And what can you do to make... — Updated 4/5/2021

 

Locals Compete In Bow Hunting Competition – Transylvania County, NC

On March 20, the N.C. Bowhunters Association (NCBA) held its District 9, 3-D archery membership-drive shoot. The event was held at the Headwaters Outfitters Hannah Ford Outpost.... — Updated 3/29/2021

 

DuPont Closes Single-Track Trails Until Tuesday-Brevard NC

In response to recent heavy rainfall and flooding, DuPont State Recreational Forest (DSRF) officials have closed all single-track trails through 9 a.m., Tuesday, March 30. Trails are wet with standing water, making them... — Updated 3/26/2021

 

Leave Bear Cubs Alone For Their Safety

The N.C Wildlife Resources Commission is asking the public to contact them if they suspect they’ve encountered an orphaned bear cub. Black bears become more active in the spring... — Updated 3/25/2021

 

Blue Ridge Parkway Recruits Volunteers For 'Project Parkway'

National Park Service officials announced today the third annual, Project Parkway, will take place on the Blue Ridge Parkway, Saturday, April 24, 2021. This single-day, park-wide volunteer  project  will help complete much... — Updated 3/25/2021

 

Emergency Services Took Part In Training Exercise

Several local regional emergency services agencies and others participated in a joint training exercise on Saturday, March 13, at the Caesar's Head State Park. The training focused... — Updated 3/24/2021

 

Wild Turkey Season Opens In North Carolina On April 3

Wild turkey hunting season opens in North Carolina on April 3. The youth season is April 3 - 9, and the statewide season is April 10 - May 8. Hunters are limited to two turkeys for... — Updated 3/22/2021

 

Forest Service Releases Old Fort Trails Proposal For Public Comment

"Trails for all" are coming to Old Fort in McDowell County. The Pisgah National Forest's Grandfather Ranger District released its final trail proposal for the Old Fort Trails... — Updated 3/17/2021

 
 By Abby Williams    Outdoors

Forest Bathing Is More Than Just A Walk In The Woods

Instead of rushing to one destination – a certain waterfall or mountain lookout – have you ever just moved through the trees slowly, with a noticing eye, and become part of the... — Updated 3/15/2021

 

Public Comment Needed For Migratory Game Bird Seasons

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is seeking public comment on the 2021-22 migratory game bird hunting seasons, specifically waterfowl, webless and extended falconry. Comments will be accepted March 12–19 on the Wildlife... — Updated 3/15/2021

 

Wildlife Commission Adopts Proposed Rules For 2021-22

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) reviewed proposed rule changes at its business meeting on Feb. 25. The Commissioners accepted 40 of the proposed changes related to wildlife management, inland fisheries and game lands... — Updated 3/15/2021

 

FIND Outdoors Partners With Local Animal Rescue Agencies

FIND Outdoors, a 49-year-old education and recreation nonprofit in Pisgah Forest, recently partnered with two north Georgia-area animal rescue agencies to provide them with additional funding during the pandemic. “As a... — Updated 3/15/2021

 

Waterfalls Keepers Planning First Waterfall Sweep On March 20

Only three months after making its public debut, Waterfall Keepers of North Carolina will host its inaugural Waterfall Sweep on March 20 at many waterfalls across the state of... — Updated 3/11/2021

 

Prescribed Burns Planned On Nantahala District

The U.S. Forest Service is planning 10 prescribed burns on the Nantahala Ranger District in Macon and Jackson counties in the coming months to reduce the risk of wildfires. The low- to medium-intensity burns also create healthier,... — Updated 3/10/2021

 
 By Torry Nergart    Outdoors

Canoeing For A Cause – Conserving Carolina Looks For Volunteers

I'd like to offer everyone an opportunity to help out the French Broad – to be the eyes and ears for the Transylvania French Broad River Stewards. If you're already boating, or... — Updated 3/8/2021

 

Parkway Sees 14 Million Visitors In 2020 – Transylvania County, NC

Blue Ridge Parkway managers announced Tuesday that an estimated 14,099,485 recreation visitors used the park in 2020. Despite impacts from road closures and the coronavirus pandemic... — Updated 3/3/2021

 

BRP Foundation To Host Webinar On Motorcycling The Scenic Route

Hit the open road virtually with Hawk Hagebak at 11 a.m., Tuesday, March 2, for his humorous take on motorcycling up and down the Blue Ridge Parkway. This 30-minute webinar hosted... — Updated 2/22/2021

 

Get On The PATH At N.C. Parks, Museums And Historic Sites

The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources is launching a new online campaign to encourage North Carolinians to get moving and get outside. Parks and Trails for Health... — Updated 2/22/2021

 

New Multi-Use Connector Trail To Connect Brevard And Pisgah National Forest, Open To Equestrian Use

Conservation nonprofit The Pisgah Conservancy announced recently that the organization has received approval from the US Forest Service to proceed with the construction of the Joel... — Updated 2/22/2021

 

National Forests In N.C. Launch Recreation.gov Activity Passes

Visitors to the Nantahala, Pisgah and Croatan national forests will have a convenient new way to pay day-use fees at nine recreation areas. Visitors also have the option to purchase annual passes for most of these areas. A new... — Updated 2/17/2021

 
 By Al Brothers    Outdoors

Be Ready: The Blue Ghost Fireflies Are Coming

For a few days in May the Blue Ghost fireflies will perform their sparkling mating dance for lucky audiences. These rare bugs have danced for eons in the moist habitat beneath our layered forest canopy. It’s a system that has... — Updated 2/17/2021

 

FIND Outdoors Welcomes Two New Board Members – Pisgah Forest, NC

FIND Outdoors, a 49-year-old nonprofit based in Pisgah Forest, announced Emily Quinlan and Rusty Garrison as new board members for the 2021 season. President and CEO Natalie Britt and Tad Fogel, board chairman, were pleased with... — Updated 2/15/2021

 

Despite Dams, Toxaway River Remains Wild

On still nights from my house, I can hear Toxaway Falls at over 1.25 miles away when the river runs full. The Toxaway River is a loud river. In its 9-mile course from its beginning... — Updated 2/15/2021

 

Enjoying WNC's Bald Eagles Responsibly

With 32 new nests discovered over the past 16 years, bald eagles are more common in western North Carolina than they have been in decades, providing a thrill for those fortunate... — Updated 2/11/2021

 

Hatchery Supported Trout Waters To Close Feb. 28-April 3

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will close approximately 1,000 miles of Hatchery Supported Trout Waters to fishing one-half hour after sunset on Feb. 28 and reopen them at 7 a.m. on April 3. This year, Wildlife Commission... — Updated 2/8/2021

 

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