25th Annual Leaf Lookers GEMBOREE :: Friday, October 17 - Sunday, October 19 at the Macon County Community Building

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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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Macon Pride recently recognized the Macon County Public Library as a community leader and excellent example in creating a "complete" recycling program throughout the building.

Macon Pride will present the "Reduce, Reuse, Upcycle!" program at Thursdays at the Library June 13 at 7 p.m. in the Meeting Room. Recycling boxes will be handed out for labeling and decoration. Volunteers will offer tips on how to up-cycle household items and offer suggestions for gifts and money-makers.

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As it’s said of spring, “April showers bring May flowers,” and boy did it shower on Saturday, April 27, at the 16th annual Greening Up the Mountains festival in Sylva. Despite the rain, many people still showed up to celebrate the arrival of spring in the mountains.

The festival kicked off at 9 a.m. with a 5K race sponsored by the Jackson County Greenways Project. Of the 93 participants, the overall male winner was Evan Grant with a time of 18:35. Traci Long, Sylva, N.C., was the overall female winner with a time of 24:59.

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