Hemlock Restoration Initiative treats trees against Hemlock Woolly Adelgid at Grandfather Mountain State Park

The Hemlock Restoration Initiative treated hemlock trees in Grandfather State Park back in Nov. 2 and 3 to prevent spread of a sap-sucking pest, a small insect called the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid. Using a common, light insecticide, volunteers distributed the chemical right at the base of hemlock trees in order to avoid treating other plants unintentionally. Moving up the Profile Trail, there are still many hemlocks lining the trial and deep into the woods. Hemlocks are important in many ways for forest ecosystems including providing shade, managing flooding next to streams, and they are important for many bird and fish [...]

Officials issued notice on an Octoberfest Flier Scam

Authorities are currently finding the whereabouts of the individuals who circulated a flier advertising an Octoberfest event at Lake James State Park. The fliers stated “Octoberfest, October 23rd, 24th, 2021, Lake James State Park, 7321 NC-126, Nebo,” with further details on vendor booth prices, different items with discounts like furniture, jewelry, antiques, and clothes. There is also an email address to contact the host for more information. The fliers are circulated around the areas of McDowell and Burke. Public Information Officer with N.C. Division Parks and Recreation Katie Hill said they were informed of the flier by the McDowell County [...]

Park access in North Carolina continue to drop during pandemic

Contrary to reports of a spike in new park visitors during this pandemic. A new study shows that the use of outdoor parks and trails in urban areas of North Carolina declined during the two summer months of 2020. Researchers surveyed 611 residents of North Carolina in August 2020 and asked them about their use of outdoor park spaces during the pandemic and how it compares to the same month last year. The researchers also used cell phone tracking data to understand outdoor urban park use across the state during the pandemic last summer, residents who use their phones at [...]

2021-10-04T15:15:42+00:00October 4th, 2021|North Carolina Parks News, State Parks News|0 Comments

Park access continue to drop due to the pandemic

Contrary to reports of a spike in new park visitors during this pandemic. A new study shows that the use of outdoor parks and trails in urban areas of North Carolina declined during the two summer months of 2020. Researchers surveyed 611 residents of North Carolina in August 2020 and asked them about their use of outdoor park spaces during the pandemic and how it compares to the same month last year. The researchers also used cell phone tracking data to understand outdoor urban park use across the state during the pandemic last summer, residents who use their phones at [...]

2021-09-30T18:08:49+00:00September 30th, 2021|North Carolina Parks News, State Parks News|0 Comments
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