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North Carolina Rep. Mitch Gillespie (R) of Marion represents McDowell and Burke counties. Photo courtesy of Gillespie via the N.C. General Assembly.
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January 27, 2015, No comments

After a one-day session earlier this month and a two-week hiatus, the General Assembly heads back to work. Meanwhile, a state environmental official assigned to WNC has changed course, and the push for historic preservation tax credits surfaced here.

The Middle Prong stream along the Ramsey Cascades Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Photo courtesy of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

3-year effort mapping Smokies streams now complete

January 23, 2015, No comments

Scientists have determined the Great Smoky Mountains National Park contains 2,900 miles of streams. Of those, 1,073 miles of streams are large enough ...

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Raleigh Report: WNC senators gain key NCGA leadership jobs

January 20, 2015, No comments

And, in case you missed it, the biggest story out of last week’s opening day of the 2015 N.C. General Assembly session was a set of definitive state ...

North Carolina Rep. Mitch Gillespie (R) of Marion represents McDowell and Burke counties. Photo courtesy of Gillespie via the N.C. General Assembly.

NC enviro agency changes leadership, moves Gillespie to first WNC outreach director

January 15, 2015, Comments Off

Mitch Gillespie, the former state legislator from McDowell County, is moved from his assistant secretary post into the department's first Western Nort ...

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    Donald van der Vaart sworn in as NC’s top environmental official
    January 7, 2015, Comments Off

    Gov. Pat McCrory announced Dec. 23 that van der Vaart, who was deputy secretary and energy policy advisor for the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, would succeed John Skvarla, whom McCrory has named to lead the N.C. Depa ...

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    Lake James named NC state park of the year
    January 5, 2015, Comments Off

    During the year, Lake James State Park opened a 15-mile network of mountain biking trails, began offering kayak and canoe rentals and staged multiple special events including an ultra-marathon and the popular Catawba Riverfest.

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    ‘First Day Hikes’ offered at every NC state park on Jan. 1
    December 16, 2014, Comments Off

    There will be more than 40 scheduled hikes ranging from short “leg-stretchers” to six-mile treks, many of them offering interpretive programs along the way. All seasonal state park facilities will remain open on the holiday.

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    Mountains-to-Sea trail master plan underway
    December 10, 2014, Comments Off

    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.