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The sixth annual Old Cullowhee Canoe Slalom, a family friendly paddling competition on a calm section of the Tuckaseigee River near the Western Carolina University campus, will be held on the morning of Saturday, Sept. 12.

Competition will begin at 9 a.m. just upstream of the Old Cullowhee Road bridge on the back side of campus. Categories will include single open canoe, double open touring canoe, decked double canoe, parent and child canoe, men’s single kayak, women’s single kayak, kid’s kayak (ages 12 and under) and stand-up paddleboard.

Nine gates will be set up for paddlers to negotiate on flat but moving water. Canoes, paddles and personal flotation devices will be provided, but kayakers and paddle boarders are expected to bring their own kayaks and boards. An awards ceremony will begin 30 minutes after the last run.


The Zahner Conservation Lecture Series continues on Thursday, Aug. 27, at 6:30 p.m. in the Nature Center of the Highlands Biological Station. This series is designed to help educate and inspire the public through a series of talks from well-known regional scientists, conservationists, artists, and writers. Dr. Edward Pivorun, retired Professor if Biology at Clemson University, will present a talk entitled: “Though Small, We Pack Quite a Wallop: The Saga of Small Mammals and the Environment.”

Although most people consider “rats” and “mice” vermin and have never seen or heard of a wild shrew, the small mammal faunas in the forests, fields, wetlands and even deserts play an important and even an essential role in maintaining robust and stabile ecosystems.


"The attention of a traveller, should be particularly turned, in the first place, to the various works of Nature, to mark the distinctions of the climates he may explore, and to offer such useful observations on the different productions as may occur."

Words spoken by William Bartram, an American naturalist who, in the mid-1770s, explored what is now the southeast. Bartram's journey can now be retraced along the Bartram Trail, which follows the approximate route of the 18th century naturalist through North and South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Tennessee.



Under the auspices of the National Wildlife Federation, many homeowners in Macon County have certified their properties as “wildlife habitats.” Nearly 40 communities in the U.S. have qualified, Weaverville has become the 33rd township to gain recognition, following a stringent agenda and succeeding to create a green corridor through their busy town.

Whether it’s a backyard, community garden, schoolyard, rooftop garden, church property, business site, small niche in an abandoned lot, joining to restore habitat for wildlife encourages a more vibrant society and has proven to increase community pride and property values. Franklin can now boast four certified habitats within town boundaries designed to welcome birds, butterflies and other small wildlife to share a bit of green space between the cement pavements.


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