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LTWA presents updated State of the Streams Report at League of Women Voters meeting

The Little Tennessee Watershed Association (LTWA) presented an updated report at the League of Women Voters meeting summarizing 21 years of water quality and habitat trends.

According to this updated report by the LTWA, the stretch of the river between Lake Emory and Fontana Reservoir is one of the highest quality rivers in the Southern Appalachians. “The Little Tennessee is by any measure the healthiest major river in the Blue Ridge.” Therefore, it is essential that the preservation efforts of the LTWA, and the community, continue.


Every Thursday this summer, the Highlands Biological Foundation will host an event for its “Think About Thursdays” series.

On Thursday, July 21, at 9 p.m., the director of The Highlands Nature Center, Patrick Brannon, will offer a program titled “Nature by Night,” a fun opportunity to learn about nighttime creatures.

Brannon will take visitors on a guided walk through the Botanical Garden.

With fun games and activities, participants will learn about the different adaptations of nocturnal animals and search for creatures such as fireflies, snails, bats, owls, frogs, and salamanders.


On Tuesday, July 26, at 7 p.m. renowned nature photographer, Bill Lea, will present “Understanding the Black Bear,” a free lecture, as part of the Village Nature Series at the Village Commons in Village Green, Cashiers.

Capturing images of wildlife, scenery, wildflowers, and a variety of other natural subjects in “just the right light” has long been the trademark of Lea’s photography. He may best be known for his artistic documentation of deer and bear behavior, the various moods of the Great Smoky Mountains, and southern ecosystems.

Photographing in the Smokies since 1975 has afforded this photographer limitless opportunities to observe and record the flora, fauna and scenery of the region.


USDA Forest Service seeks public comment on recreation uses on upper segment of Chattooga Wild and Scenic River

USDA Forest Service officials have released an environmental assessment (EA) on managing recreation uses on the upper segment of the Chattooga Wild and Scenic River for 30-day public review. The announcement includes selection of a preferred alternative that would allow high-quality whitewater boating on the upper river in the winter and preserve a boat-free experience for other users the rest of the year. It also would protect the trout angling experience year round in the Nicholson Fields Reach which includes the popular Delayed Harvest trout fishery between Reed Creek and the Highway 28 bridge.


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