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

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Outdoors

The January League of Women Voters meeting hosted an instructive program on recycling. Entitled “Down With The Waste Basket,” Macon Pride members Shirley Ches and Debby Boots demonstrated how to separate and recycle what is normally considered “trash” into a money-making resource for taxpayers. Using the new recycling brochure from Macon County Solid Waste Department, they outlined how easy it is to throw items into a recycling basket or box, accenting the good news that all paper products can be recycled as can all plastic containers except styrofoam, plastic egg cartons and rigid, all plastic bags.

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While enjoying a visit to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, backpackers like to keep a respectable distance from black bears. With help from the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) and the Friends of the Smokies, they can continue to do so in some of the most backpacker friendly hiking in the Southern Appalachians. The ATC has provided $800 from its specialty license plate funds to help reduce black bear access to backpacker food along the Appalachian Trail (A.T.), a national park unit within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP).

Using the grant funds from the ATC, Park staff and volunteers have installed cables that backpackers and trail improvement crews use to store food out of the reach of black bears. Cabling systems were renovated at the Derrick Knob shelter along the A.T. and installed at the new base camp of the Rocky Top Trail crew.

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Morely the Golden Eagle passed away of natural causes sometime during the night on Jan. 1.

The oldest animal in the Grandfather Mountain Animal Habitats at around 35 years old, Morely came to the Mountain in 1984. He was a native of the western United States before being injured by a gunshot. The wound left him unable to fully extend one of his wings, rendering him incapable of hunting and surviving in the wild.

He was known for amusing trainers with his modesty. He loved taking baths and when Habitats staff walked by during one of his daily cleanings, he would freeze and glare as if he was caught naked. Baths were so important to Morely that he would climb into his water bowl when his pond was frozen in the winter months.

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The recent major renovation of the 1933 Civilian Conservation Corps-built Appalachian Trail (AT) Shelter 1.2 miles North of Burningtown Gap (east end of State Road 1310) required the shelter to be lifted off the ground so the bottom row of logs could be replaced. Nantahala Hiking Club (NHC) spent 513 man hours and $1,200 in materials to accomplish the renovation over three months.

The shelter was rotting into the ground before the NHC jacked up the shelter, replaced the bottom row of chestnut logs with locust, placed five concrete foundation piers, replaced the wooden floor, constructed board and batten walls, and constructed dry stack walls for aesthetic and protection purposes.

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