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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.


After a period of inactivity, the Voluntary Agricultural District has been reestablished with a newly appointed board of five individuals from around the county who are actively involved in some sort of agriculture. At last week's meeting of county commissioners, Mike Breedlove of the Macon County Soil and Water Conservation District presented a list of five new potential board members to the commissioners for approval.

In 1997, an ordinance was adopted by the county to “encourage the voluntary preservation and protection of farmland from non-farm development, recognizing the importance of agriculture to the economic and cultural life of this county.”


What to do if you encounter a marijuana cultivation site

The U.S. Forest Service National Forests in North Carolina seeks to provide a safe environment for the public, its employees, and natural resources. So while only a fraction of National Forest System lands are affected by illegal marijuana cultivation, the Forest Service believes that safety risks are real and visitors and employees should be informed about them.

“The safety of forest visitors and our employees is our top priority in the Croatan, Nantahala, Pisgah, and Uwharrie National Forests in North Carolina,” said Marisue Hilliard, forest supervisor. “Marijuana cultivation occurs on some National Forests and it’s important for visitors and employees to be aware of their surroundings.”


The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) is seeking volunteers to participate in two invasive exotic plant workshops on Friday, June 3, and Saturday, June 4. The second workshop coincides with 2011 National Trails Day, which encourages all Americans to get outside, experience, appreciate, and help to protect our valuable natural resources and recreational opportunities.

The workshops, hosted by ATC and the Southern Appalachian Cooperative Weed Management Partnership (SACWMP), will educate hikers and the general public about the threats of invasive exotic (IE) plants, how to identify and inventory IE species, and how to remove these plants, protecting native biodiversity along the Appalachian National Scenic Trail.


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