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

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The North Carolina Bartram Trail Society will celebrate its 35th anniversary with an illustrated presentation on "The Natural History of the Southern Appalachians" and a trip to the Cowee Mound.

Dr. Dan Pittillo, Professor Emeritus in botany at Western Carolina University, will kick off the festivities on Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Macon County library in Franklin. He will discuss how the plants and animals of the mountains developed from the earliest ages of our continent to the present.

Walter Wingfield, president of the society, said in announcing the meeting, “We are pleased that Dr. Pittillo will address the organization and its guests on this, the 35th anniversary of our establishment. Dan has been involved in the planning, building, and maintenance of the trail since its beginning in 1977; he is the only remaining member of the original Board and the only one surviving who participated in the creation of the Trail.”

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Beth Shook caught this bear on camera stealing food out of a van this summer near Little Bear Pen Mountain in Highlands.

 

 

More than 170,000 volunteers are expected at more than 2,100 sites across the country on Saturday, Sept. 29 to take part in the largest single-day volunteer effort for public lands in the United States, National Public Lands Day (NPLD).

Volunteers in every state will visit parks, public and community gardens, beaches, wildlife preserves or forests and chip in to help these treasured places that belong to all Americans. They will improve and restore the lands and facilities the public uses for recreation, education, exercise and connecting with nature.

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After volunteering 7,000 hours helping the Nantahala Hiking Club maintain the 60 miles of Appalachian Trail in Macon County, Don O’Neal is giving up his title as trail supervisor, but, he is not giving up being a trail maintainer.

O’Neal has worked as a volunteer clearing the trail, working with crews building shelters, privies and marking the trail which the club maintains from Bly Gap at the Georgia state line, to the Nantahala River in Wesser. He has been the person who organizes the trail work crews which keep this section of the trail one of the most popular.

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