Outdoor Journal

New kid in town: Western North Carolina has a new outdoor-sports magazine. Debuting last month, Western North Carolina’s Adventure Outdoors covers hunting, fishing and conservation concerns in this part of the state, with regular profiles of sportsmen and women throughout our region. Adventure Outdoors’ publisher is Joe Street. The magazine is seeking field reporters willing to provide fishing and hunting reports from 25 of the state’s western counties. Look for the magazine at local outfitters and outdoor-supply shops. To learn more, visit www.wncadventures.com or call 766-9157.

Whose woods these are: The nonprofit Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy will lead the first guided hike of its Laurel Mountain Preserve near Black Mountain Saturday, June 14, beginning at 10 a.m. The hike will give participants a peek at a rare old-growth forest that nurtures an impressive array of wildlife, including endangered species. For details or directions, contact CMLC at 697-5777 or hike@laurelmountainpreserve.com. The rain date for the event is Sunday, June 15.

Soil yourself: The Pisgah Area chapter of the Southern Off-Road Bike Association is hosting Dirty Thursdays, a series of after-work trail-maintenance parties at Bent Creek.

The parties take place on the first and second Thursdays of each month, beginning at 6 p.m. Anyone who uses trails is invited to help out with repair-and-improvement efforts; no previous trail-building experience is necessary.

Better still, volunteers who show up for four separate work days will be entered in a raffle for a new mountain-bike frame. Meet at Bent Creek’s Sidehill Boyd Branch parking area. Visit www.pisgahareasorba.org for more information.

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