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Members and guests of The Bartram Trail conference will meet at The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center on Scaly Mountain on Oct. 11-13 to learn more of the mountains that William Bartram, in his 1775 exploration, called "The Cherokee Mountains."

On the evening of Friday, Oct. 11, three Cherokee artists will demonstrate traditional crafts. Ramona Lossie will show river cane basket making, Mary Thompson will display the art of stamped pottery, and Sonny Ledford will demonstrate moccasin making and the use of the blowgun.

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The Nantahala Gorge was filled with spectators and competitors of the ICF Canoe Freestyle World Championships Sept.2-8. The ultimate whitewater event took place at the Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC) and featured top freestyle athletes from around the world, as well as a slate of activities, competitions and events for spectators and fans. More than 300 of the world’s best paddling athletes competed for the title of world champion in front of an estimated 10,000 spectators per day. Live music, arts and crafts, and a festival atmosphere with Appalachian flair rounded out the weekend.

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The Land Trust for the Little Tennessee and the Macon County Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) cordially invite landowners to a free landowner “Shade Your Stream” field day on Tuesday, Sept. 17. A free lunch will also be provided.

Shade Your Stream is a new initiative of LTLT and its partners. At its most basic level, it is a promotional campaign to encourage landowners to restore or maintain a healthy buffer of trees and shrubs along their streams, in order to protect properties from erosion and protect streams from pollution. At a broader level, it includes numerous land management and stream restoration practices and incentive programs to benefit both water quality and fish and wildlife habitat.

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The fifth annual Old Cullowhee Canoe Slalom, a familyfriendly paddling competition on a calm section of the Tuckaseigee River near the Western Carolina University campus, will be held on the morning of Saturday, Sept. 14.

Competition will begin at 9 a.m. just upstream of the Old Cullowhee Road bridge on the back side of campus. Categories will include single open canoe, double open touring canoe, decked double canoe, parent and child canoe, men’s single kayak, women’s single kayak, kid’s kayak (age 12 and under) and stand-up paddleboard.

Nine gates will be set up for paddlers to negotiate on flat but moving water. Canoes, paddles and personal flotation devices will be provided, but kayakers and paddle boarders are expected to bring their own boats. An awards ceremony will begin 30 minutes after the last run and a raffle will be held.

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published: 10/18/2013
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