61st Annual Macon County Fair :: September 17-20 @ Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center - 441 South, Franklin, NC

- published 8/21 (Larry) old link: http://www1.cfnc.org/applications/NC_Community_College/apply.html?application_id=1527

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Outdoors

A community conversation about streams and people

The above photograph may look like a well-maintained stream bank, but in fact, such a “clean” stream bank fails to perform many of the functions it’s intended to perform. Many landowners maintain lawns or crops up to the edges of streams, apply fertilizer and pesticides, and remove down wood from the stream. Altering streams and streamside forests in this way reduces stream width, degrades habitat, reduces the absorption of rain water, and negatively increases stream temperatures, all to the detriment of the health of the stream and wildlife.

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The Nantahala Hiking Club (NHC), the Franklin based Appalachian Trail (AT) maintaining club, provided eight hike leaders to support Cartoogechaye’s annual hike to Siler Bald last month.

More than 70 students and parents participated on the hike from Wayah Crest to Siler Bald and return on the AT. The field trip introduced hiking as a live long healthy living activity. On the hike students learned about various plants and trees and the work required to maintain the AT (The “Peoples Trail”) as a primitive hiking trail.

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Agriculture is Macon County’s third largest industry. The county’s 346 farms generate $8.8 million annually through farming, forestry, and horticulture. Agriculture is a vital economic engine to Macon County and it helps the county hold fast to its unique rural character and farming heritage.

The Macon County Voluntary Ag District (VAD) Board or some know it as Farmland Preservation Board is comprised of local farmers dedicated to making the agricultural voice of Macon County energized as one voice.

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The Land Trust for the Little Tennessee (LTLT) presented Land Conservationist of the Year and Volunteer of the Year Awards during LTLT's annual Fall Celebration on Nov. 3.

John Gladden received the 2012 Volunteer of the Year Award. Gladden has been active in LTLT’s aquatic biomonitoring and land stewardship programs and has also assisted with youth education activities.

Gladden lives with his wife, Sandy, in southern Macon County.

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