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Base Camp Cullowhee, Western Carolina University’s outdoor programming organization, will launch a speaker series focused on outdoor adventure with a Tuesday, March 3, presentation featuring Mark Singleton, executive director of American Whitewater.

The program will begin at 7 p.m. in the theater of WCU’s A.K. Hinds University Center. It is free and open to everyone.

The new speaker series is designed to complement and enhance WCU’s reputation as an epicenter of outdoor adventure, said Josh Whitmore, WCU’s associate director for outdoor programs who oversees the operations of Base Camp Cullowhee. Plans are to bring at least one outdoor adventurer to WCU’s campus each semester to talk about his or her experiences in a variety of recreational activities and to discuss the need for outdoor recreation enthusiasts to advocate for the wild places they love, Whitmore said.

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The Tuckaseigee River Chapter #373 of Trout Unlimited to meet Tuesday, March 3, at 6:30 p.m. at the United Community Bank 1640 E. Main Street in Sylva.

Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. ($5) followed by a chance to win a new fly rod. The four-piece, 7.5 foot, IM-12, 3-4 weight rod was built by fellow chapter member Jim Mills and would make a great addition to any collection. The quality of the rod is very impressive. The rod comes with an aluminum case.

Matt Kulp will update the chapter on some park projects including the Lynn Camp Prong brook trout restoration project, water quality and critical load modelling, brook trout genetic studies, Didymo project and a new park creel survey form. Kulp will be asking the chapter for volunteers to support the new vital signs monitoring efforts on Deep Creek. The project will need a group of folks to help collect water quality data six times a year along the length of the stream, providing a great opportunity to collect some meaningful data, support the park mission of protecting and preserving, as well as get ????????????????????????????????????????????

Trustees of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation have awarded a grant to the N.C. Wildlife Federation (NCWF) to support the organization’s mission and work.

The NCWF is dedicated to the conservation and protection of wildlife and wildlife habitats. With 70 years of experience, NCWF works to represent the concerns of every North Carolinian who loves wildlife and the places where wildlife live.

“The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation supports organizations that work with diverse constituencies to broaden the number and the range of citizens acting on behalf of the environment,” said Leslie Winner, Executive Director of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation. “The NC Wildlife Federation is a great example of an organization that is empowering people in urban, suburban and rural communities across the state to promote environmental education, sustainability and stewardship. We are proud to partner together to achieve this shared vision.”

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The Global Spotlight Series sponsored by Western Carolina University's Department of Political Science and Public Affairs continues this semester with a Monday, March 2, panel, featuring four presentations about climate change.

  • Blair Tormey, coastal research scientist, will discuss "Climate Science and the Evidence for Global Warming."
  • Rob Young, director of the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines, will speak about "Talking to Mr. Carl About Climate Change."
  • David Dorondo, Sossoman Professor of History, will examine "European Climate-Change Policy: A Question of German Leadership?"
  • The topic of Jen Schiff, political science and public affairs assistant professor, will be "United Nations Action (or Inaction?) on Climate Change."

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