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N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission Says Outbreak Impacting Songbirds Subsiding

  N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission officials announced Friday that the outbreak affecting song-birds since May 2020 seems to be subsiding and, thanks to diligent reporting by North Carolina residents, it appears not to have not... — Updated 9/13/2021

 

Sierra Nevada, Bike Industry Raising Funds For Disaster Relief

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. has teamed with Paul Component Engineering and other notable cycling industry brands to build a pair of fully custom bicycles to raise funds and awareness... — Updated 9/13/2021

 

New Initiative Will 'Race To Restore' PNF Trails

FIND Outdoors is launching the "Race to Restore" initiative to benefit the trail systems throughout the Pisgah National Forest, which includes the 6,500-acre Pink Beds Valley. Due... — Updated 9/8/2021

 
 By Kevin Adams    Outdoors

Some Visit Waterfalls To Experience The 'Spray Cliff'

When most people visit a waterfall in Transylvania County, or anywhere else, they don't think about the things they can't see or experience. They enjoy how the waterfall excites... — Updated 9/6/2021

 

Clean Up Continues In Pisgah District

Last week, the Pisgah Ranger District was still in the process of cleaning up after the storms and historic flooding. Crews have worked hard to assess and open areas in that week, b... — Updated 8/30/2021

 

Fourth Annual DuPont Festival Scheduled For Sept. 25

On National Public Lands Day, Saturday, Sept. 25, Friends of DuPont Forest will host the 4th annual DuPont Forest Festival, an event celebrating the adventure, wildness and beauty... — Updated 8/30/2021

 

Construction Complete On New Trail

Construction is complete on a new trail that offers additional mileage along the Profile Trail at Grandfather Mountain State Park. The new trail is a 2.4-mile loop that adds nearly a half mile to the existing trail. The Profile... — Updated 8/23/2021

 

Dove Hunting Season Will Open Saturday, Sept. 4

The 2021 – 22 hunting season for mourning and white-winged doves opens on Saturday, Sept. 4. This is big news for hunters who enjoy hunting migratory birds. It's also an... — Updated 8/23/2021

 
 By Torry Nergart    Outdoors

Fire In The Mountains Is Always A Possibility

With our friends to the Western states in a whole world of fire trouble now, let's be sure to remember our own lessons learned about living with fire here in the mountains of North... — Updated 8/17/2021

 

Fundraising Efforts Underway For Courthouse Project

As previously reported, the Courthouse wildlife field project in Pisgah National Forest is a non-commercial wildlife habitat project that is a part of the 2013 Courthouse Creek Project. This field will be a 3-acre permanent... — Updated 8/16/2021

 

Wildlife Fields Provide A Diverse Habitat

If you spend time exploring Pisgah National Forest, you will come across wildlife fields. Several can be found along the U.S. 276 corridor, with the ones in the Pink Beds loop trail... — Updated 8/9/2021

 

Groups Announce Launch Of Unity Blaze Patch Project

The Leave No Trace Center is partnering with Black Folks Camp Too on a project, with the goal of creating a more inclusive outdoor community. The Unity Blaze Patch Project is an initiative to gather the outdoor community around... — Updated 8/2/2021

 

State Parks And Recreation Director To Be At County Library Aug. 12

The Friends of Gorges State Park (FOG) is hosting a free event for the public to enjoy learning about the North Carolina State Parks, particularly Gorges State Park, and their... — Updated 8/2/2021

 
 By Holly Bass    Outdoors

Children Can Learn So Much From Being In Nature

One of my favorite things to do with my son is take a hike and play at a waterfall, no matter the time of year. Springtime brings the wide assortment of wildflowers along the way,... — Updated 8/2/2021

 

'Cradle To Grave' Returns Sept. 18

FIND Outdoors will host the annual fundraising event “Hunter Subaru Cradle to Grave 30k and 10k” to benefit the Cradle of Forestry on Sept. 18. “This is the largest fundraising event that FIND Outdoors holds each year for the... — Updated 7/26/2021

 

Several Aquatic Mammals Call Transylvania Home

Have you ever seen a furry creature in our clear mountain rivers? There are multiple different types of these cute aquatic mammals that can be spotted here in our county. There is n... — Updated 7/26/2021

 

FIND Outdoors Introduces New Visitor Center Passport Program

FIND Outdoors, a 49-year-old nonprofit based in Pisgah Forest, is excited to introduce this month the "Visitor Center Passport Program" at all five FIND-managed visitor centers in... — Updated 7/19/2021

 

Panthertown Volunteering: A Great Way To Give Back

Panthertown is one of Southern Appalachia's crown gems. The 10,000-acre swathe of land known as the "Yosemite of the East" has historically been a mixed bag of logging land,... — Updated 7/19/2021

 
 By Torry Nergart    Outdoors

Senate Seeks State Funding For Conservation, Recreation

Our state has always recognized the value of protecting land, even enshrining that into our State Constitution. Article 14 Section 5 details the rights of North Carolina citizens... — Updated 7/12/2021

 

National Forest Places Restrictions At Max Patch

The Pisgah National Forest is implementing new restrictions at Max Patch designed to reduce impacts to natural resources and to protect public health and safety. Effective immediately in the area around Max Patch, the following... — Updated 7/5/2021

 

Major New PNF Trail Completed

The Pisgah Conservancy (TPC) is pleased to announce a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the conclusion of the Joel Branch – Horse Cove Connector Trail Project. The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 9, at the... — Updated 7/5/2021

 

Safety Tips Provided For Nighttime Adventures

The long days of summer are finally with us. With more time to get out on our public lands and waters after work or in the cooler temps of evening, late-day outings are very... — Updated 7/5/2021

 
 By Alex Perri    Outdoors

Time Again To Highlight 'Leave No Trace' Principles

Every year around this time Transylvania County gears up for it's busy tourist season. Campers, families and other adventurers come to town to enjoy the endless waterfalls, hikes an... — Updated 6/27/2021

 
 By Abby Williams    Outdoors

Celebrate 'Special Critters' During Pollinator Month

Pollinators are vital to the reproduction and survival of plants. They carry pollen on their bodies from one plant to another, which ultimately leads to the growth of seeds, fruits and young plants. June is a month dedicated to the... — Updated 6/21/2021

 
 By Torry Nergart    Outdoors

Two Plants I Love To Hate (Except This Time Of Year)

My profession often requires me to travel cross-country through all types of terrain; up, down, in, through and over these mountains. Many special places in our landscape,... — Updated 6/7/2021

 

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