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From corner to corner, 46 percent of Macon County is covered by the Nantahala National Forest. With nearly half of the county being national forest land, how that land can be utilized is closely restricted by the United States Department of Agriculture and the department is currently revising a plan to further restrict access to national forest (NF) land.

The United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service is currently in the process of revising the 1987 Land and Resource Management Plan under which the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests are managed. The revision highlights several changes on utilization of the NF lands including the additional designation of wilderness areas within the forests.


Southwestern Community College officials are taking measures to remove lead and to prevent the potential for new contamination upon receiving results of recent water and soil testing at the college’s firing range in Dillsboro.

Though no lead concentrations were detected in surface water samples taken uphill and downhill of the firing range, the results received this week show an elevated level of lead concentration in soil roughly 15-20 feet downhill of the shotgun range.

The steps SCC is taking now include more testing farther downhill of the first samples and the installation of erosion control fabric. These were recommended Tuesday by Robin Proctor, western area environmental chemist with the NC Department of Environment & Natural Resources (DENR).


With summer well under way, the growing system is reaching its peak here in Macon County and the garden at the Hospice House in Franklin is the proof.

Filled with tomatoes, peas, squash, and potatoes and other growing things, the garden has come to life with each passing rain shower followed by a sunny day. Though the house isn't up and running yet, but Hospice House Foundation president Michele Alderson believes that having a vibrant garden area is a good way to bring life to the grounds.


Don DePierro (L) and San Ho Choi (R) stand in front of a newly constructed information kiosk.

The Nantahala Hiking Club recently constructed two information kiosks, with materials provide by the USFS Nantahala Ranger District, on the Appalachian Trail (AT) at Winding Stair Gap.

Winding Stair Gap is the closest access point to the AT from Franklin. It is located on US 64 West 10 miles from the overpass where US 23 goes South to Atlanta.

The kiosks, located just north and south of the gap, highlight Franklin as a designated AT Community, identify hiker services located in Franklin and provide area recreational information.



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