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WNC environmental groups merge into MountainTrue

The historic merger of three long-standing Western North Carolina environmental groups was unanimously approved Nov. 20 by the boards and members of Environmental and Conservation Organization (ECO), the Jackson-Macon Conservation Alliance (J-MCA) and the WNC Alliance (WNCA). Julie Mayfield, co-director of WNCA, opened the proceedings by welcoming the members of all the organizations and the elected officials […]

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UNC Asheville 2015 Weather Calendar goes on sale

For local weather wonks, the annual Western North Carolina Weather Calendar has been a must-have for decades. The 2015 version goes on sale today, Nov. 11, and marks the 30th published by the UNC Asheville Atmospheric Sciences Department. As always, the unique 12-month calendar features an assortment of Asheville updated climatological data such as monthly […]

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WNCA’s Forest Keepers host Saturday, Nov. 8, seminar on navigation, winter tree identification

Feeling lost? Lack a sense of direction? The Western North Carolina Alliance Forest Keepers initiative may be able to help. This Saturday, Nov. 8, a group of forest keepers will trek into the Craggy Mountains for a hands-on field workshop on orienteering and navigating in the woods (both on- and off-trail). The outing will run from 9 a.m. […]

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Mutual benefit: WNC farm animals, owners share deep bond

North Carolina is home to over 50,000 farm operations and in one way or another, the livelihood of many Western North Carolina families is tied to domesticated animals. But whether the objective is food, fun, health or therapy, these farmers often seem to have what amounts to a symbiotic relationship with their livestock.

Wild for Life, a rehabilitation center for birds of prey, houses animals like Rufous the screech owl, who was brought to the facility after being struck by a car in October 2003. He now lives at the center as an "animal ambassador," traveling to schools and presentations discussing how humans can help prevent animal injury. Photo by Hayley Benton

Taming the Wild: Urbanization pits humans against animals

“We got a call from a lady in Horse Shoe; it was a Sunday morning,” remembers Mary Beth Bryman. “There was a Canada goose in her bedroom.”

She told them her husband had gone to church early that morning. After making herself a cup of coffee, she’d returned to her bedroom to open the blinds — and realized she wasn’t the only one there.

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Visioning a positive future with Transition Asheville

Can you imagine Asheville’s sustainable future? Forty years from now, walking down the streets, what do you see? What are you wearing? What are you eating? What do you hear? What do you smell? What might Asheville’s most positive potential feel like? Can you imagine it? Transition Asheville members asked these questions at their fifth-anniversary potluck and community visioning, […]

Melanie Allen, conservation and diversity coordinator for the Conservation Trust For North Carolina, delivered the keynote address at Everybody's Environment. Photo by Carrie Eidson

‘Everybody’s Environment’ discusses diversity in conservation movements

The Center for Diversity Education at UNC Asheville hosted the day-long conference “Everybody’s Environment” on Friday, Oct. 10. The event invited staff from local environmental and conversation groups, community organizers and the public to discuss strategies for creating a more inclusive environmental movement, with more diverse staff at environmental organizations and stronger ties to the communities they serve.

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Pawpaw among trees to be planted in Hendersonville

PRESS RELEASE from the Hendersonville Tree Board HENDERSONVILLE – Fruit from the American Pawpaw tree was enjoyed by Native Americans and helped early European settlers survive. It’s sort of mango-meets-the-banana … with a little hint of melon, according to one reviewer of the fruit’s taste. The pawpaw has quite a history. On NPR’s “Morning Edition,” […]

Asheville Transit Committee delves into details that keep public transit rolling

Ever been stuck halfway in and halfway out of an overcrowded bus shelter, pelted by rain and silently cursing a bus that is running behind schedule? Ever feel at such a moment that no one from the city’s transit system much cares about your plight? Fear not, for a committee of people no different from […]