Category Archives: Jackson County

Adventure Hour At Discovery Trails

Come join us for an adventure.

We are offering guided adventure tours at Monteith Farmstead Park on Saturday mornings at 9am and again at 11am, courtesy of WATR. Each adventure will follow a portion of Scotts Creek, a tributary of the Tuckasegee River. Along the way we will learn how to protect our streams, keep them clean and healthy, and how we can use them as a valuable resource.

WATR Discovery Trail

Explore and Learn

The underlying message is that “The Stream is Alive;” alive with all kinds of plants and animals. During our adventure we will take a visit into the stream and you may be surprised to see what we find there.

So come on down. Don’t forget to wear shoes for water, no flip-flops please. Register here.  We look forward to seeing you there!

River Cane Chronicles IV: Important Invitation

The WATR River Cane Mapping & Education Project is gearing up for the summer, and WE NEED YOU and other volunteers.   The purposes of the project are

  • to educate ourselves and the public about the ecological and the cultural benefits of native river cane,
  • to snoop around creeks and rivers and locate river cane brakes that we can map, and
  • to work with the landowner to get permission so that artisans can sustainably harvest stalks on his/her property.

So click here to find out the details of the workshop — must RSVP by Friday, May 18,  for a free lunch.  NOW THAT’S AN INCENTIVE!!!

Jim Long strips a stalk of cane as WATR member Judy Knight watches

Summer Picnic

Friday June,15.
We are outdoor enthusiasts and what better way to celebrate the great outdoors than having a picnic? Bring your friends, family, and anyone that enjoys the great outdoors. Good food, good friends, and a good community. Location TBA, so stay tuned.

WATR Public Meetings

Monday July 23, 6:45 p.m.

Sylva Public Library is the location of the WATR Mid-Summer Meeting.
We will socialize at 6:45 and discuss issues and have an open dialogue from 7:00 until 8:30p.m. Every man, woman, and child is invited to join the conversation.  With speaker Mark Cantrell.

The Tuckasegee Trout Unlimited Team

The Tuckasegee Trouth Unlimited team will be doing more trash clean up in concert with the WCU Annual Tuck Cleanup. The group will be meeting at CJ Harris Boat Launch. Pickup will be done by walking the shoreline, by wading, and by boat. Dress appropriately and bring gloves. The cleanup will start at 8:00  A.M. Saturday, April 21st.
Questions? Contact Jerry Deweese @ 828 284-4979.
Need directions? Click  here 

Hey! Please check out our action teams here.

River Clean Up Teams

Join up with Duke Energy team to pick up trash along the Tuckasegee River in the section of the former lake behind (the now nonexistent) Dillsboro Dam. This clean up will be on Thursday April 19 from 1-4 P.M. Folks will meet at the new C J Harris Boat Launch- upstream from the Dillsboro Inn. The organizers have been assured that power generation will be zero and the water levels should be very low. The clean up will be done by wading! Best to bring your own fishing waders and work gloves
Need directions? Click  here 

Hey! Please check out our action teams here.

River Cane Chronicles Part III

Morning comes and with it the question: Did the dye take? Sometimes it doesn’t. But today, Jim Long is in luck. The brown-dyed cane can be seen as soon as he removes the cover. He lifts out the cane and spreads it on the concrete of his driveway.

He will hose down the cane thoroughly to get rid of any grit that accumulates during the dyeing, then leaves it to dry. Long will then have some beautifully finished trips to cut into shorter pieces for his students’ weaving kits.