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Green in brief: P&Z says no to tree protection ordinance, WNC turkey harvest hits record high

Commission Chair Laura Hudson argued that the rules placed too much emphasis on tree protection and could become an untenable burden for developers. “If you jam too many requirements onto one small parcel, I think you’re going to kill the development altogether,” she said.

Why not gear? Local companies form alliance to attract, support outdoor industry

As the beer industry boomed in Western North Carolina, business owners from another sector began to think, “If beer can do it, why not gear?” Citing the Asheville Brewers Alliance as a model, the Outdoor Gear Builders of Western North Carolina aims to bring more outdoor industry to the region. (Logo courtesy of the Outdoor Gear Builders of Western North Carolina)