Big Butt is a 5,980-foot summit in Big Ivy, a section of Pisgah that’s home to the most old-growth forest and rare wildlife in the region. Big Butt offers stunning, panoramic views of Big Ivy’s hiking and mountain biking trails, climbing rocks, and waterfalls. Big Ivy also includes Craggy Gardens, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the Mountains to Sea Trail.Unfortunately, Big Butt and nearly all of Big Ivy’s 13,980 acres may soon be open to logging, according to the U.S. Forest Service’s proposed management plan.Big Ivy is a mountain biking mecca, fly fishing oasis, trail running hotspot, climbing paradise, and a hiker’s wet dream: dozens of cascades, creeks and swimming holes abound in Big Ivy, including 70-foot Douglas Falls.Big trees and big water abound in Big Ivy.Most of it will be opened to logging if the Forest Service has their way.A local, grassroots coalition called Friends of Big Ivy has teamed up with hiking clubs, mountain biking groups, fly fishing outfitters, climbing organizations, conservation groups, local businesses, and others to encourage the Forest Service to protect Big Ivy from massive logging.This Thursday, February 5, Friends of Big Ivy is hosting a public meeting with the Forest Service at 7 p.m. at the Big Ivy Community Center just outside of Asheville. Everyone is invited to ask questions and share concerns about the future of Big Ivy. (Also, there will be cookies.) Hope you can be there to speak for this rare old-growth forest and beloved hub of outdoor adventure.If you can’t make it, sign the Big Ivy petition here. More info: FriendsofBigIvy.org
I was really pleased to read in The Gazette that they are spending thousands of tax dollars to improve the bicycle path in the Rotterdam Junction area.I’m sure many people are going to really enjoy the scenic view of the once-beautiful Erie Canal.The canal was a home to beavers, muskrats, many varieties of fowl, not to mention great fishing. Unfortunately, a junkyard has ruined the entire area. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion There are decaying vehicles, not to mention a trailer park has also moved in. Instead of adding more blacktop to the path, how about cleaning up the environmental nightmare that has existed for many years. I’m sure the many bikers and joggers would love to see pristine clear waters and abundant wild life instead of the eyesore that presents itself.I have complained to the state Department of Environmental Conservation many times over the years, to no avail.The funding wasn’t there. Everyone who cares about their environment, take a walk or ride on the bicycle path the Mabee Lane section and see the mess.We need to put the Erie Canal back to its original beauty.MARTY SHANTYCharltonMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationPolice: Schenectady woman tried to take car in Clifton Park hours after arrest, release in prior the…EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – An award option is new this season in the Performance Bodies and Five Star Bodies program benefitting IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod and Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMod drivers.Each of the five Modified regional champions and rookies of the year, and both SportMod national champions and the rookies of the year receive MD3 Modified nosepieces or four MD3 rocker panels.The rocker panels are new to that program.“Giving racers more options is certainly something that adds value to any contingency program and the addition of the rocker panels to this program accomplishes exactly that,” noted IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder.More information is available by calling Performance Bodies at 800 722-4641.
West Florida Defeats Rollins In the Overtime Share Sept. 8, 2007Box ScoreWINTER PARK, Fla. – Playing its third away match in a row, the West Florida Argonauts (2-2-0) defeated the Rollins Tars (2-3-0) Friday afternoon at the Barker Family Stadium in Winter Park, Fla. The match needed more than the usual 90 minutes to be decided. The Argonauts finally scored in the golden goal three minutes into overtime claiming their second win of the season.In the first half both teams were pretty even, keeping the possession of the ball for about the same period of time. However, the Tars shot on goal eight times, while the Argonauts shot six times, with four saves each. Head Coach Joe Bartlinski used the strategy of consistently substituting players, making it a constant rotation in attempt to keep players with fresh legs on the field so they would be able to remain running at strong pace for the whole match.In the second half, the Argonauts kept the possession of the ball longer than the Tars and had more gas in the tank, thus the Argonauts dictated the pace of the game. Both teams had good opportunities to score in the second half, however none were not successful sending the game into overtime. The Extra period is played in two 10 minute halves with a sudden death rule, which means that the first team to score would be declared the winner.When the first overtime started, the Argonauts tried not giving any spaces to their opponents. After two minutes of play junior defense/midfield Lura Carter stole the ball and ran towards the goal in a quick play and passed to sophomore midfield/forward Dernelle Mascall who got two opponents to mark her up and letting Jodi Galucci get free in the box. Mascall passed to Galucci who just needed to beat the keeper in the breakaway to score and give the Argonauts the second win of the season.West Florida will next face Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Fla. On Sunday 1:00pm CT. Fans can follow the action with “Live Stats” at goargos.com on the Women’s Soccer home page. (By Gui Amaral Jasmin) Print Friendly Version