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Western North Carolina’s green economy is growing — and getting cleaner. A coalition of leaders from the economic development, education and government sectors is creating a business strategy to generate jobs and entrepreneurial startups, attract public and private investment and position the region as a global leader in clean energy innovation.

The initiative brings together representatives from across Western North Carolina to develop a cohesive approach to grow and market the region’s potential in energy efficiency, renewable energy and clean vehicles industries. Led by Asheville-based Land-of-Sky Regional Council, partners in the project include AdvantageWest, the economic development partnership serving Western North Carolina, and the five other westernmost Regional Councils of Government: the High Country Council of Governments, based in Boone; the Isothermal Planning and Development Commission, based in Rutherfordton; the Northwest Piedmont Council of Governments, based in Winston-Salem; the Southwestern Commission, based in Sylva; and the Western Piedmont Council of Governments, based in Hickory.

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Pictured is a typical Cherokee “thong" tree, named for the technique used by Native Americans who bent and tied a sapling to the ground to produce a permanent 90 degree angle in the tree.

On Thursday, June 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Highlands Biological Foundation’s “Think About Thursdays” summer event series continues with a guided hike to explore Ancient Cherokee Trails in the Highlands area.

 

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The Franklin Garden Club and the Macon County Master Gardeners were recently invited to the home of Lois Selfon for a Worm Composting Workshop presented by Professor Ronda Sherman from NC State.

Professor Sherman demonstrated how to build and maintain an inexpensive “worm bin” in which worms are used to transform food wastes and other organic matter into fertilizer.

According to Sherman, out of the hundreds of different species of worms worldwide, only a half-dozen can productively be used for this purpose and only one that can be used in this part of the world.

In addition to the workshop, the many participants also enjoyed a luncheon and a walk through Selfon’s gardens.

Forest Service to host Kids Fishing Day at Cliffside Lake picnic area

 The USDA Forest Service’s Nantahala Ranger District invites children, ages 15 and under, to the annual Kids Fishing Day Saturday, June 4, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Cliffside Lake, just west of Highlands on U.S. 64.

The event introduces kids to the basics of fishing and helps them gain an appreciation for the sport and for fish habitat. Volunteers will be on-hand to teach children the craft of casting, baiting the hook, and reeling in the catch.

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published: 10/18/2013
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