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Next in ‘Gardening’ series naturalist Karen Lindauer to present ‘Create a Wildlife Habitat’

The next program of the series Gardening for Wildlife hosted by the Friends of the Rickman Store will take place at the Store next Sunday, July 17, at 3 p.m. Karen Lindauer, member of the Georgia Native Plant Society and team leader at Georgia Perimeter College Botanical Gardens will present the program “Create a Wildlife Habitat Using Native Plants.”

Lindauer will share practical information on the importance of using native plants to promote biodiversity and encourage wildlife in our backyards. The program will highlight native plant benefits over exotic species, the role of insects and birds in sustaining balance as well as water collection and selection of specific native species for our area.



Western Carolina University has won a $5,000 grant from a bicycle parts manufacturer to support construction of a multi-use, community trail system on campus.

The grant is from Specialized Bicycle Components based in Morgan Hill, Calif., through a program in which the company awards grants to advocacy initiatives supported by Specialized dealers. Project support from Motion Makers Bicycle Shop, which has stores in Sylva and Asheville, made the grant possible for WCU trail development.

“The grant from Specialized is significant because it will not only go toward the construction costs for the trail system, but also provide seed money to help us qualify for other grants,” said Josh Whitmore, director of outdoor programs at WCU.


‘North Carolina Beautiful’ collaboration by artist William Mangum

The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation has announced its collaboration with North Carolina’s Artist, William Mangum, in his most recent book entitled “North Carolina Beautiful.” This tribute to North Carolina’s beauty and splendor includes more than 140 original pieces of art by Mangum and is accompanied by educational vignettes that reveal how readers can explore, celebrate and protect the Old North State. The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation is one of six conservation and preservation nonprofits across the state partnering with Mangum on North Carolina Beautiful. A portion of the sales from Mangum’s book will be gifted to the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation.


Looking for a summer adventure? You do not have to drive far find plenty of fascinating recreational, historical and cultural treasures to explore along North Carolina’s Scenic Byways, which criss-cross every region of the state.

Nantahala Byway

Cool off in the mountains with a trip down the Nantahala Byway, which begins in far Western North Carolina in the Cherokee County town of Marble. The byway travels through the Nantahala National Forest, paralleling the Nantahala River, a world-class whitewater rafting destination. Local outfitters provide rafting, kayaking and canoeing tours during the warmer months and even into the fall and winter seasons.


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