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Every summer the Highlands Biological Foundation hosts free evening lectures on Thursdays focused on the theme of natural history and conservation, a tradition that began in the 1930s. The Zahner Conservation Lecture Series serves to educate and inspire the public through a series of talks from well-known regional scientists, conservationists, artists, and writers.

On Thursday, July 18, at 7 p.m., Rekha Morris will discuss “The Demise of a Single Floral Genus as an Indicator of Environmental Devastation.” Rekha teaches several programs for the South Carolina Master Gardeners, and her special interests are shade gardening, and native plants of the southeastern U.S. and their Asian counterparts.

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Grandfather Mountain's summer guided hike series continues July 13 with Grandfather's Attic Hike. Guided hikes at Grandfather Mountain offer guests the unique opportunity to tackle one of the Mountain's famously wondrous hiking trails with an expert.

“A trip to the Attic” provides an exciting hike to Attic Window Peak and Indian House Cave over the most rugged terrain on Grandfather Mountain. As with any good trip to the attic, Interpretive Rangers will be sharing many great stories about Grandfather’s history with guests along the way.

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Celebrating three decades of creating awareness about the importance of conserving natural environments and sustainable interactions among plants, animals and people, Western Carolina University’s 30th annual Cullowhee Native Plant Conference will be held Wednesday, July 17, through Saturday, July 20. Conference registration remains open through Friday, July 12.

The annual gathering of plant enthusiasts began in 1984 in an effort to increase interest in and knowledge of propagating and preserving native Southeastern plant species. “The conference is the oldest and largest of its kind in the Southeast and has spawned a number of satellite conferences around the country,” said Robert Wyatt, retired professor of botany and ecology at the University of Georgia and current conference director.

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Western North Carolina, specifically this region, has a very high density of waterfalls. High rainfall, geology and climate are all contributing factors.

Waterfalls are important from an ecological standpoint because they provide healthy habitat for a number of rare and endangered species of plants and wildlife. Highlands- Cashiers Land Trust, (HCLT) whose mission is to conserve land resources, conserves a number of properties in the area that are home to some special waterfalls.

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