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December 18, 2014, No comments

2014 has been a big year for big news about Western North Carolina. Looking back, here are highlights of what Carolina Public Press’ investigative reporting unearthed during the past 12 months.

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‘First Day Hikes’ offered at every NC state park on Jan. 1

December 16, 2014, No comments

There will be more than 40 scheduled hikes ranging from short “leg-stretchers” to six-mile treks, many of them offering interpretive programs alon ...

A screen shot of the interactive Mountains-to-Sea State Trail map. Click here to view the map.

Mountains-to-Sea trail master plan underway

December 10, 2014, No comments

The 1,000-mile trail corridor will ultimately link Clingman’s Dome in the Great Smoky Mountains to Jockey’s Ridge State Park on the coast.

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NC coal ash commission starts work as Duke Energy announces plans for Asheville, other sites

November 24, 2014, Comments Off

The phase-out of wet coal ash basins at the Asheville power station has kicked into high gear now that the company has submitted detailed plans.

  • Coal ash reuse meeting agenda
    NC environmental committee to meet on rules for reusing coal ash
    November 19, 2014, Comments Off

    A state environmental committee will meet in Charlotte on Monday to continue discussing whether state rules on the beneficial reuse of coal ash are sufficient to protect public health and the environment, other options for reusing coal ash ...

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    NC’s 2014 ozone levels lowest on record
    November 10, 2014, Comments Off

    Ozone levels in North Carolina were the lowest on record in 2014, with no exceedances of the federal ozone standard for the first time since air monitoring began in the early 1970s, due to lower air emissions and favorable weather condition ...

  • National Forest Revision Plan Meeting. Matt Rose/Carolina Public Press
    WNC’s National Forests: Is the public in? Or are we out?
    October 31, 2014, Comments Off

    Part Two in the Forest Lookouts series. Nearly every county in Western North Carolina is home to a portion of the Pisgah and Nantahala national forests. Spanning more than 1 million acres, the forests have innumerable economic, environmenta ...