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Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials have notified the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation that the “experimental” status of the park’s restored elk herd has been officially lifted, clearing the way for permanent management of elk in and around the park.

RMEF is the largest financier of the park’s 10-year elk restoration project, with more than $800,000 in contributions.

Kim Delozier, RMEF conservation program manager, said, “This is important because it’s a formal federal declaration that our elk restoration efforts in the North Carolina section of the park have been deemed a success.”


Honey bees throughout North America and Canada are continuing to disappear at an alarmingly rapid rate, signaling a dire threat to the production of countless food sources.

Albert Einstein first famously speculated that “if the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, man would have only four years to live.” Although Einstein’s claims were often considered outrageous, the plight of the honey bees has become a documented problem threatening much of the economy’s natural resources.


The Little Tennessee Annual Fall Celebration will be held Saturday, Nov. 5, in Rainbow Springs along the Upper Nantahala River. The Celebration begins at 11 a.m. and continues until 3 p.m. The day includes live music, activities for kids, cross cut saw and fly fishing demonstrations, a hay ride, nature walk led by Jack Johnston, native and mountain cultural demonstrations, and the annual conservation award presentation at 11:30 a.m. All activities are free for the entire family, including a delicious cool-weather meal of chili, hotdogs and dessert.

From Franklin: take Highway 64 West towards Hayesville for 13 miles. Take the second driveway on the left after you pass the intersection with Old 64 (the road that goes to Standing Indian Campground). Look for LTLT event signs.


Editor’s Note: We asked contributing writer Kurt Volker to check out one of the fastest growing adventure sports in Western North Carolina, zip lining. He looked at several courses and picked out two, Nantahala Gorge Canopy Tours and Navitat Asheville Canopy Adventure. Here is the report on his experience.

Move over Tarzan! Out of the way Jane! A new king and queen of the tree canopy are in town and they’re zipping through a forest near you.

As avid outdoorsmen, my wife, Sharon, and I have descended the Kaibab Trail into the Grand Canyon and braved the Class IV rapids of the Wild and Scenic Chattooga River. So it seemed only natural that we’d challenge two of the areas better known zip line courses, Nantahala Gorge Canopy Tours eight miles west of Bryson City and Navitat Canopy Adventures in Barnardsville about 20 minutes north of Asheville.


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