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Western Carolina University will present the 28th annual Tuckasegee River Clean Up on Saturday, April 21, and is looking for volunteers to help remove trash from part of the Jackson County river.

Registration for the event will be on the A.K. Hinds University Center lawn from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with the first 500 to register receiving a free T-shirt. There is no early registration for the event.

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A public-private partnership initiative that aims to provide cleaner and safer highways for travelers is formally underway with the installation of 11 new signs along Interstate 40 in North Carolina, each bearing the name or logo of a company. The signs, part of the new Sponsor-A-Highway program, indicate that a business is responsible for cleaning up litter along the adjoining one-mile section of highway.

The new program allows the N.C. Department of Transportation to ensure more efficient litter pickup along two of the state’s major interstate corridors – I-40 and I-95 – at no extra cost to taxpayers. Instead, two private companies have been awarded contracts to manage sponsored roadside litter removal along these highways.

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A.T. Conservancy is granted $2,000.

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy has granted $2,000 from its specialty license plate funds to Friends of the Smokies to help reduce black bear access to backpacker food along the Appalachian Trail in the Smokies.

“With more than 70 miles of the Appalachian Trail running along the high ridges of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, it’s only natural for our groups to work together,” said Holly Demuth, North Carolina director of Friends of the Smokies.

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In January 2012, the national forests in South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia issued decisions to allow boating above the Highway 28 bridge on the Chattooga Wild and Scenic River. This section of the river is not a place for most boaters – floating in this area at high, fast flows is dangerous for people who don’t have specialized skills and experience.

In January the US Forest Service, which is part of the US Department of Agriculture, issued an administrative decision notice which effectively brought to a conclusion twelve years of appeals and lawsuits between the Forest Service and white water paddlers trying to gain access to the upper Chattooga River.

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