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Macon County Public Library will present its 4th Walking with Spring series of programs in conjunction with downtown Franklin's April Fools Trail Day festival. All events are free and open to the public.

– Tuesday, March 25, 7 p.m. in the Program Room of the Macon County Public Library, "A Journey Through Time" with Doug Woodward. Woodward will recount his recent month-long Grand Canyon adventure in an evening slideshow. Woodard and his son Forest paddled an 18-foot raft, 280 miles down the rapids of the Colorado River.

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The Macon County Cooperative Extension office is an arm of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension based at N.C. State University and serves as the school's largest outreach program. The program began in 1914 when county, state and federal governments joined together to make knowledge more accessible to citizens through educational programming in sustaining agriculture and forestry, protecting the environment, maintaining viable communities, developing responsible youth, and developing strong, healthy and safe families.

Since sustaining frequent budget cuts over the last 13 years, officials have begun to develop a strategic plan to maintain an effective program while anticipating budget decreases. In last week's edition of The Macon County News, an overview of the program was given along with the steps being taken to develop the Strategic Vision and Planning Initiative for the Cooperative Extension. This week, we want to take a look at the way the local office impacts the people of Macon County.

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Grandfather Mountain's otter habitat closed temporarily this week for renovations — and an important acclimation process for the Mountain's newest otter.

Work on the habitat is expected to begin in mid- to late March and should take only three to four weeks if weather conditions allow.

The renovations will not affect visitor access to the bear, deer, cougar and eagle habitats.

During initial construction of the otter habitat in 1996, a water-resistant membrane was punctured, allowing rain to seep through the upper portion toward the underwater viewing area structure.

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According to the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission the geese are here with good reason.

Over the past 60 years the migratory Canada Geese have diminished substantially due to changes in farm practices in the region and farther north, which has caused the geese to stop their migration farther south.

The local migratory population became so low in the 1980s that the NCWRC and numerous other state agencies released Canada Geese with a low desire to migrate.

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