Local News

A person overlooking flooded forestry.

Whipsawed by Erratic Weather, Mountain Forest Ecosystems Under Stress

Unusual periods of drought, with heightened risk for wildfires, damage the health of Blue Ridge Mountain forests in Western North Carolina. At the opposite extreme, intense rainfall events cause erosion, landslides, flooding, and other damage to forests and surrounding areas. 

A tree being planted into the ground.

NeighborWoods Program Expands to Wolf Chase

Residents of Wolf Chase, a subdivision on U.S. 64, east of downtown Hendersonville, are planting trees in preparation for a new development being built on its border.

A person's hand adjusting a thermostat.

Spring and Summer Energy-Saving Tips

Here are a few strategies to help you save energy and keep costs down during the spring and summer when the weather is warm and you are trying to keep your home cool.