25th Annual Leaf Lookers GEMBOREE :: Friday, October 17 - Sunday, October 19 at the Macon County Community Building

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Outdoors

The giant drilling machine owned by Quality Drilling of St. Paris Ohio bored into the clay cap of the old Dillsboro landfill probing for more landfill gas to supply the increasing needs of artisans at Jackson County’s Green Energy Park.

Supervised by Paul Dow, project engineer for Altamont Environmental of Asheville, this was only the first time that extensive excavation has been done at the landfill since the original dozen or so gas wells were drilled into the landfill in 2005.

“We’re drilling four new landfill gas extraction wells to a depth of 70 feet. We’ll also install the well heads and the tieins to the extraction system” said Dow as he checked a sample of of the trash detritus that had been brought up to the surface for the first time in over a decade.

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials have notified the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation that the “experimental” status of the park’s restored elk herd has been officially lifted, clearing the way for permanent management of elk in and around the park.

RMEF is the largest financier of the park’s 10-year elk restoration project, with more than $800,000 in contributions.

Kim Delozier, RMEF conservation program manager, said, “This is important because it’s a formal federal declaration that our elk restoration efforts in the North Carolina section of the park have been deemed a success.”

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Honey bees throughout North America and Canada are continuing to disappear at an alarmingly rapid rate, signaling a dire threat to the production of countless food sources.

Albert Einstein first famously speculated that “if the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, man would have only four years to live.” Although Einstein’s claims were often considered outrageous, the plight of the honey bees has become a documented problem threatening much of the economy’s natural resources.

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The Little Tennessee Annual Fall Celebration will be held Saturday, Nov. 5, in Rainbow Springs along the Upper Nantahala River. The Celebration begins at 11 a.m. and continues until 3 p.m. The day includes live music, activities for kids, cross cut saw and fly fishing demonstrations, a hay ride, nature walk led by Jack Johnston, native and mountain cultural demonstrations, and the annual conservation award presentation at 11:30 a.m. All activities are free for the entire family, including a delicious cool-weather meal of chili, hotdogs and dessert.

From Franklin: take Highway 64 West towards Hayesville for 13 miles. Take the second driveway on the left after you pass the intersection with Old 64 (the road that goes to Standing Indian Campground). Look for LTLT event signs.

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