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Sliding Rock, in Pisgah National Forest, is one of the region's most popular destinations. Photo via Wikipedia/Lincolnh
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October 22, 2014, No comments

This story launches an in-depth reporting project from Carolina Public Press about the future of the Pisgah and Nantahala national forests which are undergoing an extensive re-planning process that will ultimately oversee more than 1 million acres in 18 mountain counties and have innumerable impacts on Western North Carolina’s residents, economies and environment.

Alene and Cris Arnold, of Nashville, Tenn., view a hemlock snag created when the Forest Service dynamited the dead hemlocks along the trail at Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness, in Graham County. "We were just wondering if we should bring the kids," Alene Arnold says, as her family loved the cool, shady conditions on this trail in years past. Photo by Mike Belleme

Next round of Pisgah, Nantahala national forest planning meetings underway

October 21, 2014, No comments

The meetings, which will be held throughout October and November in locations across Western North Carolina, will provide information about the propos ...

Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan and Republican challenger Thom Tillis are in a race for one of two US Senate seats representing North Carolina.

Tillis, Hagan trade shots over NC’s environment

October 14, 2014, No comments

From climate change to fracking chemicals, Hagan and Tillis recently challenged one another on their actions and opinions related to the state's envir ...

Image courtesy of the N.C. Department of Environment

Drinking water supplies located near NC coal ash ponds

October 13, 2014, No comments

Duke Energy officials have identified 830 private and public drinking water supply wells near the company’s 32 coal ash storage ponds in North Carol ...

  • Mountain stream. Photo courtesy of the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources
    State funds water projects in Haywood, Transylvania, Yancey
    October 3, 2014, Comments Off

    North Carolina officials have awarded nearly $1 million in grants for 10 projects that will help North Carolina towns and counties restore streams, reduce erosion, study future water supplies and benefit other water resources.

  • The French Broad River. Archive photo by Katie Bailey/Carolina Public Press
    Duke Energy creates $10M fund for Carolinas waterways
    September 25, 2014, Comments Off

    The money will be used to improve water quality, enhance fish and wildlife habitat, and expand public access. It may also buff a corporate image battered by the “profound event,” as CEO Lynn Good called the nation’s third-largest ash ...