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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.


Get up close and personal July 17, 18!

The 12th annual Mountain Wildlife Days, July 17-18, at the Sapphire Valley Resort, will offer something for everyone in getting “back to nature.”

Be prepared to meet and learn about the creatures that share this wonderful corner of North Carolina with us – and some that come from a little farther away.

Friday’s activities offer a wide variety of free programs...



Don’t let mosquitoes keep you from enjoying your garden and outdoor parties. Look for environmentally sound ways to manage these pests in your yard.

Start by eliminating standing water in the yard. Buckets, old tires and clogged gutters and downspouts that hold water make the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes.

Drain water that collects in these as well as kids’ toys, tarps and pool covers. Store these items in the garage or turn them over to keep them from becoming a mosquito breeding ground. Even small containers hold enough water for hundreds to thousands of mosquitoes to breed.


Drought has returned to North Carolina for the first time in more than two years.

Lack of adequate rainfall and hot temperatures have thrust 20 North Carolina counties in portions of Central and Western North Carolina into a moderate drought, according to the state’s drought map, which is updated every Thursday. Fifty-one other counties in a swath from Eastern to Western North Carolina are abnormally dry, which means they are not experiencing drought but could be if dry conditions persist. The latest drought map can be found at www.ncdrought.org.


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