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Little Tennessee Watershed Association needs volunteers to help with their 2011 Fish Biomonitoring Program.

Volunteers need to be 12 years old or older and reasonably fit.

Sampling occurs three to four days per week from May to August.

You can choose the day(s) you are able to help out.


The Macon County chapter of Ducks Unlimited (DU) is now selling tickets to its annual sponsor dinner banquet, set for May 14, at 5:30 p.m. at The Shriners Club Building at 833 Bethel Church Road, Franklin.

“This year will be our fifth annual banquet in Macon County. This year is a challenge for all due to the economy, but the Macon County Chapter of Ducks Unlimited feels that everyone will have a good time and get your money’s worth if you come out and help support our wildlife habitat conservation efforts through Ducks Unlimited,” said Macon County Chapter President Jack Morgan.

The event will feature a large assortment of auction items with raffles for art prints, wildlife sculptures, home furnishings, firearms etc. doorprizes, just too much to be able to mention everything. The menu is oysters and pork BBQ with the usual sides, drinks included.


The North Carolina state parks system has been named one of four finalists for the 2011 National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Parks and Recreation Management, the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation announced today.

As a finalist, North Carolina advances to the next round of consideration along with state parks systems in Florida, Missouri and Michigan, with a winner to be announced in October.

The National Gold Medal Award, which is administered by the National Recreation and Parks Association, is the most prestigious award a parks and recreation agency can receive and recognizes service excellence. The Gold Medal Award honors communities and states in the United States that demonstrate excellence in long-range planning, resource management and agency recognition. Each agency is judged on its ability to address the needs of those it serves through the collective energies of visitors, staff and elected officials.


Falling branches posing safety risk to hikers

The Wasilik Poplar, the second largest yellow poplar tree in the United States, started its decline over a decade ago. Falling branches from the now dead tree are a safety hazard to hikers. The tree is located off Forest Service road 415, Lee Creek Road, in the Ash Flats of the Nantahala Ranger District. Danger signs have been posted on the trail to warn the public to stay away from the tree. Visitors should view the tree from a distance of at least 50 feet to avoid falling branches.



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