Remembering 9/11 :: September 11, 2001

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White-nose syndrome, the disease that has killed hundreds of thousands of bats in the Eastern United States, has been discovered in a retired Avery County mine and in a cave at Grandfather Mountain State Park, marking the arrival of the disease in North Carolina.

“White-nose syndrome is confirmed in Virginia and Tennessee, so we expected we would be one of the next states to see the disease,” said Gabrielle Graeter, a biologist with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. “This discovery marks the arrival of one of the most devastating threats to bat conservation in our time.”

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In time to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the national forest system in the East, The Wilderness Society recently appointed Jill Gottesman as outreach coordinator to increase conservation efforts in North Carolina.

Gottesman, former outreach director at Georgia ForestWatch, will be responsible for expanding community awareness and participation in the region for legislative protection of national forests in North Carolina.

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The Little Tennessee Watershed Association (LTWA) and its partners recently completed a fish passage assessment for small streams that drain into the Little Tennessee River in the area between the NC/GA state line and Lake Emory in Franklin. The project was funded through a grant from the Southeast Aquatic Resources Partnership, which is a regional collaboration of natural resource and science agencies, conservation organizations and private interests developed to strengthen the management and conservation of aquatic resources in the southeastern United States.

The purpose of the study was to identify areas where fish may be “cut-off” from good habitat in sections of some of these tributary streams. Predominately, these areas are around culverts where a road crosses the stream.

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Workshop on how to make money on forest land Feb. 15

Do you harvest ginseng from private or public lands?

Are you interested in learning how to make money from forest land?

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