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Sierra Club To Meet Thursday

The leadership of the Pisgah Group of the Sierra Club will present its vision for the future of the group at 7:30 p.m., Thursday. The meeting will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church at the intersection of South Broad and Varsity streets in...

 
 By Rachel Hess    Outdoors    January 20, 2020 

Conserving Carolina Gives Tips To Help At-Risk Bird Species

During the winter months, yard maintenance slows down. This serves as a great time to plan additions to your landscape, especially in favor of wildlife. If you're looking to provide more habitat for...

 

Sycamore Cycles Trail Report

•North Slope Trail closed for tree removal at Davidson River Campground •Tree down on Hilltop Trail in DuPont •Small tree down on Clawhammer Road midway up •Tree down on Fletcher Creek Trail •Trees down on Vineyard Gap Trail •Tree down...

 

Conservation At Risk With Fewer Hunters, Fishermen

Since the 1980s, sportsmen and women, especially in the hunting sports, have been on a participation decline, and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Council (NCWRC) is working on a way to reverse...

 

Forest Service Announces Campground Closure

Davidson River Campground, located on the Pisgah Ranger District, approximately 1- mile west of the community of Pisgah Forest, will be closed to the public from Jan. 15 to Feb. 15. Small sections of the following trails will also be closed:...

 

Local Rider Makes Wintertime Biking A Ritual

Golden hour approaches as I motor through the French Broad River floodplain. Farms and railroads become a blur in the rear-view mirror. It's a brisk winter afternoon and I'm late to meet friends at...

 

Headwaters Outfitters To Host WNC Wildlife Day

Headwaters Outfitters and the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Council will hold their Annual WNC Wildlife Day, Saturday, Jan. 11, at Headwaters Outfitters in Rosman. The WNC Wildlife Day is designed to promote local wildlife and give people the...

 

Destination Hike: Caesars Head to Sassafras Mountain

Caesars Head to the summit of Sassafras Mountain via the Caesars Head Spur Trail is a 14-mile hike with over 3,000 feet of elevation gain but is well worth it for the spectacular views along the way....

 

Wildlife Commission Makes Changes To Hunting License Fees

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) is announcing several changes to its hunting, inland fishing and trapping license structure and associated fees, which are set to go into effect on Jan. 1. Specific changes include: All licenses that...

 

Habitat At Home: Garbage To Garden

Healthy soil is vital to sustaining plants, animals and humans. As humans we generate a great deal of waste, and we should be more mindful about what we send to the landfill. Rather than sending food...

 

North Carolina's State Parks To Host Hikes On New Year's Day

North Carolina’s New Year’s Day tradition of outdoor family adventure, exercise and exploring nature continues in 2020 with First Day Hikes throughout the state parks system. More than 45 guided...

 

Davidson River Campground To Close Jan. 15 – Feb. 15

The Davidson River Campground will be closed from Jan. 15 to Feb. 15 for the removal of several white pine trees, and some Virginia pines, affected by annosum root rot. According to Pisgah National...

 

A Nighttime Walk To Hooker Falls To Celebrate The Winter Solstice

To celebrate the winter solstice – the longest night of the year – a nighttime walk to Hooker Falls will be hosted by Conserving Carolina at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 21, in DuPont State Recreational Forest. Meet at the Hooker Falls parking lot on D...

 

Biologist Looks Back at County's Decade in Conservation

With the 2010's wrapping up, you're going to see lots of "best of the decade" lists. This is probably the only one you will see for conservation achievements in Transylvania County. The 1990s were...

 

Wildlife Destination: Cold Mountain Game Lands

Just over the mountain on Highway 215 in Haywood County lies 3,631 acres of NC Wildlife Resource Commission (NCWRC) Land. A relatively new game lands addition, just over 10 years old, much of this...

 

Local Guide Highlights The Joys Of Winter Hiking

When's the last time you experienced the magic of the forest in the winter? For me it was last year. Right now, I'm full of anticipation and excitement about the amazing things the forest will show...

 

Kids In Camp Possible Thanks To Donations – Transylvania County, NC

In 2019, thanks to generous donations from local supporters, Kids in Camp (KIC) was able to provide one-to-three weeks of overnight summer camp to 42 Transylvania County children, whose families...

 

Destination Hike: Canebrake Trail in Gorges State Park

When people hear Gorges State Park, they normally think of Rainbow Falls and Turtleback Falls. While these two vistas certainly are beautiful to look at, they tend to get crowded due to their growing...

 

Whitmire To Present Program On Pisgah Game Preserve

The Transylvania County Library's Discover Natural Transylvania series on Thursday, Dec. 5, at 6:30 p.m. will feature "The Story of the Pisgah Game Preserve" with David Whitmire. The program will...

 

Anonymous Donor Offers Parkway Challenge

Just in time for the holiday giving season, the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation is announcing a matching grant for the organization's new Trails & Views Forever Fund. An anonymous donor is offering...

 

NCWRC Reminds Waterfowl Hunters To Practice Safety While Boating

As duck season continues across the state, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission urges waterfowl hunters to share their boat with someone new to hunting. “North Carolina has a rich tradition of waterfowl hunting, and mentoring someone new to...

 

U.S. Forest Service Urges Public To 'Know Before You Go'

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. “Th...

 

Art Loeb's Daughter Celebrates 50th Anniversary Of Trail Dedication

Fifty years ago on Nov. 9, 1969 a 30-mile trail was dedicated to my father, Arthur J. Loeb. As a tribute to him, after an early death on Dec. 5, 1968, when he was 54, the U.S. Forest Service and the C...

 

Sycamore Cycles Trail Report

•Tree down across road on South Ridge Road near Sleepy Gap Trail •Several trees down on lower Sycamore Trail •Three trees down on Squirrel Gap Trail •Long Branch Trail overgrown and washed out in spots •Several hornets’ nests on...

 

Blue Ridge Parkway Invites Public Input On Proposed Special Events Involving Temporary Closures

The National Park Service announced the opportunity to provide input on two proposed special use permits, which could include temporary, full closures of sections of the Parkway motor road near Roanoke, Va., and Asheville in the spring and summer of...

 

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