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The Land Trust for the Little Tennessee (LTLT) and Friends of the Greenway (FROGS) in celebration of N.C. Invasive Plant Awareness Week, will host an educational event at the Tassee Picnic Shelter on the Little Tennessee River Greenway at the corner of Wells Grove Road and Ulco Drive, Franklin Monday, April 7.

This event will host experts who will give brief presentations and answer questions about the identification, control and prevention of exotic invasive plants, animals and pathogens.

This event is open to the public between 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. More than 200 students from Franklin High School, Macon Early College, Southwestern Community College and Oconoluftee Job Corps will also be attending this event.


Franklin will again celebrate its appreciation of Appalachian trail hikers with the town’s first festival of 2014, April Fools Trail Days, on Saturday, March 29. This day-long event will take place in Historic Downtown Franklin and bring together AT hikers, locals and visitors for a great event featuring informative and educational workshops, hiking related vendors and exhibits.

“April Fools Trail Days was conceived in part by our designation as an Appalachian Trail Gateway Community,” said Linda Schlott, Franklin Main Street Program executive director. “We encourage everyone to come out and support the hiking community that makes such an impact on our town each year.”

Franklin was the first town to receive this designation along the 2,181-mile trail stretching from Georgia to Maine. 2013 marks the fifth year for April Fools Trail Days in Franklin.


Macon County Public Library will present its 4th Walking with Spring series of programs in conjunction with downtown Franklin's April Fools Trail Day festival. All events are free and open to the public.

– Tuesday, March 25, 7 p.m. in the Program Room of the Macon County Public Library, "A Journey Through Time" with Doug Woodward. Woodward will recount his recent month-long Grand Canyon adventure in an evening slideshow. Woodard and his son Forest paddled an 18-foot raft, 280 miles down the rapids of the Colorado River.


The Macon County Cooperative Extension office is an arm of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension based at N.C. State University and serves as the school's largest outreach program. The program began in 1914 when county, state and federal governments joined together to make knowledge more accessible to citizens through educational programming in sustaining agriculture and forestry, protecting the environment, maintaining viable communities, developing responsible youth, and developing strong, healthy and safe families.

Since sustaining frequent budget cuts over the last 13 years, officials have begun to develop a strategic plan to maintain an effective program while anticipating budget decreases. In last week's edition of The Macon County News, an overview of the program was given along with the steps being taken to develop the Strategic Vision and Planning Initiative for the Cooperative Extension. This week, we want to take a look at the way the local office impacts the people of Macon County.


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