FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Procurement of solar energy by U.S. utilities “exploded” in the first half of 2018, prompting a prominent research group to boost its five-year installation forecast on Thursday despite the Trump administration’s steep tariffs on imported panels.A record 8.5 gigawatts (GW) of utility solar projects were procured in the first six months of this year after President Donald Trump in January announced a 30 percent tariff on panels produced overseas, according to the report by Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables and industry trade group the Solar Energy Industries Association.As a result, the research firm raised its utility-scale solar forecast for 2018 through 2023 by 1.9 GW. The forecast is still 8 percent lower than before the tariffs were announced. A gigawatt of solar energy can power about 164,000 homes.In every segment of the market except residential, system pricing is at its lowest level ever, the report said. Utility projects make up more than half the solar market.Utilities are eager to get projects going because of a federal solar tax credit that will begin phasing out in 2020. Next year will be the most impacted by the tariffs, Wood Mackenzie said. Developers will begin projects next year to claim the highest level of tax credit but delay buying modules until 2020 because the tariff drops by 5 percent each year.In the first half of the year, the U.S. installed 4.7 GW of solar, accounting for nearly a third of new electricity generating capacity additions. In the second quarter, residential installations were roughly flat with last year at 577 MW, while commercial and industrial installations slid 8 percent to 453 MW.More: U.S. utility solar contracts ‘exploded’ in 2018 despite tariffs: report U.S. utility-scale solar purchases rising sharply—SEIA
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享WLUC:It’s the beginning of the end for the Presque Isle Power Plant, as it’s powered down for the final time Sunday. At 9 am, they started shutting off different levels of the power plant.WEC Energy Group’s subsidiary, Upper Michigan Energy Resources (UMERC), began commercial operation of the A.J. Mihm Generating Station in Baraga County and the F.D. Kuester Generating Station in Negaunee Township on March 31. These new natural gas-powered generating stations replace the energy from the company’s coal-fueled Presque Isle Power Plant retired the same day.“The new generating stations are good for our customers, good for business and good for electric reliability throughout the U.P.,” said Kevin Fletcher, President and Chief Executive officer of WEC Energy Group. “Closure of the Presque Isle Power Plant also helps achieve our goal of reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 40 percent, well ahead of our 2030 target.”Plans for this transition date back to 2015 when Michigan Governor Rick Snyder issued a call to action to solve the Upper Peninsula’s energy crisis. WEC Energy Group says they answered that call and developed a reliable, affordable and clean energy solution.WEC Energy Group funded the $275 million investment. Half of the investment will be recovered through a 20-year agreement with Cliffs Natural Resources. The other half will be recovered in retail electric rates.The state-of-the-art generating stations are expected to save UMERC customers nearly $600 million over the next 30 years. The new stations will eliminate the need for additional transmission capacity as well as upgrades that would have been needed at the aged Presque Isle Power Plant if it had continued to operate.More: Presque Isle power plant shuts down for final time Utility shuts down Presque Isle coal plant in Michigan
France, Greece, Bulgaria raise their 2030 national renewable energy targets FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享EURACTIV:France, Greece and Bulgaria have pledged to update their national targets for renewable energy and bump up the share of wind, solar and other renewables to 33%, 35% and 27% of their energy consumption respectively by 2030.The announcements were made on Tuesday (24 September) as part of a public debate among EU energy ministers on the National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) submitted by the bloc’s 28 member states.“France has decided to raise its objective from 32 to 33%,” said Fabrice Dubreuil, the deputy permanent representative of France to the European Union, who represented his country at today’s ministerial meeting in Brussels.Other countries announced similar pledges, with Greece and Bulgaria saying they will raise their own renewables target from 31 to 35% and from 25 to 27%, respectively. Greece had already surprised observers at the UN climate summit in New York on Monday by announcing plans to phase out coal entirely by 2028.Former communist countries like Poland, Czechia and Hungary, for their part, underlined the need to increase financing available to meet the bloc’s 2030 energy and climate objectives. Poland, one the staunchest opponents to raising the bloc’s energy and climate targets, was among the most outspoken.More: Three EU countries bump up renewable energy goal for 2030
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Power Engineering International:Siemens Gamesa has strengthened its presence in Vietnam after securing its fifth nearshore wind farm project, as the Vietnamese government quickly advances on its renewable energy goals.The latest deal surpasses the previous company record in scale for its fourth nearshore project (75MW), as the largest of its kind in Vietnam, adding a further 78MW to the company’s existing 174MW it has already secured. This will make Siemens Gamesa one of the largest players on the growing Vietnamese nearshore wind market.The 78MW Hiep Thanh wind farm will be located 1-3 km off the coast of Tra Vinh Province. The wind farm will feature 18 units of the SG 5.0-145 turbine, which are among the largest turbines in the Vietnamese market.Commissioning of the wind farm is expected in the third quarter of 2021.Additionally, Siemens Gamesa signed a long-term 10-year contract to provide operation and maintenance services.In Vietnam, Siemens Gamesa has built three wind farms, with seven more wind farms under construction. In the last three years, the company has sold approximately 550MW in this market.More: Siemens Gamesa awarded Vietnam’s largest-ever nearshore project Siemens Gamesa wins contract for fifth wind farm off the Vietnamese coastline
Race DetailsWhen: October 5, 2013Where: Lake Buena Vista, Fla.What: 10-milerStart time: 10pmRace size: 10,000Website: http://www.rundisney.com/A thrilling run in the dark of night on a course haunted by Disney Villains!Get set for ten miles of non-stop nighttime chills and thrills on a run that’ll bring you straight to The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™ at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. In the dark of night on a path haunted by Disney Villains you’ll run a course from Disney’s Hollywood Studios traveling to ESPN Wide World of Sports and then back again to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. There you’ll run past the spectacular Lights, Motors, Action™ Extreme Stunt Show, along the amazing New York Street on the backlot, past Mickey’s Sorcerer’s Hat at the top of Hollywood Boulevard, and then on to a finish to remember.Race [email protected]
When the temperatures drop and the snow starts to fall, many paddlers choose to hang up their skirts for the season to hit the slopes or take to the trails; after all, being wet in near- or below-freezing temperatures isn’t exactly what most would consider pleasant. With the proper gear, though, you can beat those winter paddling blues and keep on boofing through the season. Check out these 10 products that will make you actually enjoy, not just survive, your next winter paddling experience.On the Water Winter Paddling Gear1. NRS WaveLite™Made from Polartec® Power Stretch® fleece, this line of base layers is perfect for cold weather paddling. Warm, stretchy, and moisture-wicking, the form fitting shirt and pant combination retains its original shape throughout years of use and abuse.Top – $74.95, Bottom – $64.95; nrs.com2. Bomber Gear Bomb Dry SuitA must-have for kayakers serious about year-round paddling, this dry suit does it all. The four-layer suit offers protection with reinforced shoulder panels and abrasion-resistant oxford nylon where you need it most. Durable gaskets and double-stitched, taped, and patched seams keep the water out while breathable Toray™ 4-ply Entrant HB fabric allows the suit to breathe when you’re busting out that hairy ferry.$899; bombergear.com3. Astral RasslerSure, it might not be the best idea, but summertime paddling means minimal footwear in my book (i.e. a pair of sandals permanently stashed in the stern). But when winter rolls around, flip flops just don’t make the cut. The Rassler is the best option for wintertime paddling, creeking, or expedition adventures. With high ankle support, shoe drainage, and a durable Cordura upper and Stealth outsole, this shoe protects and functions like none other and looks way cooler than those raunchy neoprene booties you’ve had one-too-many bootie beers out of.$119.95; astraldesigns.com4. Bomber Gear Pogie Paddling MittAlso from Bomber comes another must-have: the pogie. Made from durable, water-repellent, super-stretch neoprene, these mitts withstand the elements while offering enough insulation and protection to keep your extremities functioning. Extending just past the wrist, these pogies are easy to slide on and off if you need to push off a rock or wipe the snot from your face.$33; bombergear.com5. Buff BalaclavaGiven that the majority of your body heat can be lost through your noggin, it’s probably best to cover it up when you’re out on the water. Buff’s merino wool balaclava is perfect for wearing underneath a helmet or when you’re off the water setting up camp. For bitterly cold days (or if you’re going for the ninja look), scrunch the fabric up beneath the eyes to protect those rosy cheeks.$31; buffusa.comOff the Water Winter Paddling Gear6. Ibex Woolies 220Multi-day paddling excursions mean mindful packing. If you’re looking for a warm and durable yet lightweight base layer option to slide into when you reach camp, these Ibex Woolies are for you. Made from 18.5 micro Merino wool, these layers are naturally odor resistant and can double as paddling base layers if it’s just too darn cold to change into the frozen set you put out last night to “dry.”Top – $95, Bottom – $85; shop.ibex.com7. Stanley SS Flask Adventure While we don’t necessarily condone drinking and paddling, we know that sometimes, swims happen. When you could use a little spirit to warm your sodden soul, reach for the most rugged 8oz flask on the market.$20; shopstanley-pmi.com8. Mountain Hardwear Thermostatic JacketMore durable and water repellent than fleece alternatives, this synthetic mid-layer can withstand the elements on its own or serve as an extra layer underneath a heavier jacket. Made from ThermalQ™Elite insulation, this lightweight jacket packs down small like its goose down relatives but still provides just as much warmth.$200; mountainhardwear.com9. Big Agnes Shovelhead Hooded JacketFilled with 700+ goose down, this incredibly warm and lightweight puffy has one great attribute that sets it above the rest: water repellency. If you’re setting or packing up camp and the weather starts to turn, take comfort in knowing that your super snazzy down jacket can take a little moisture, no problem.$249.95; bigagnes.com
To call Scott Ainslie a musician is to shortchange his abilities; along with being a world class blues guitar player, Ainslie counts himself an author, historian, storyteller, and teacher.The Brattleboro, Vermont, resident – whose roots run deep right here in Virginia – was introduced to the blues as a teenager. Since that foundational moment when he was fifteen, Ainslie has maintained a passionate love affair with early American blues music, going so far as to transcribe the original works of the legendary Robert Johnson in his book Robert Johnson: At The Crossroads and produce an instructional DVD on Johnson’s playing techniques.Ainslie has also released five recordings, won grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the North Carolina Arts Council, and has traveled the U.S. and Canada to share his brand of American folk music.Recently, Ainslie released his latest record, The Last Shot Got Him, a collection of tunes originally recorded in the early twentieth century by such luminaries as Mississippi John Hurt, Robert Johnson, Fats Waller, and more.Ainslie I corresponded by email this week and I must admit to being transfixed by his responses to my questions. His understanding and appreciation of musical history virtually seeped through my monitor.BRO – I love the story behind the guitar you used on this record. If ever there was a guitar destined for your hands, is this it?SA – The way this guitar came into my hands makes a lovely story. But more, to have a guitar like this is a gift. We don’t actually “own” these instruments, in any western sense of the word. We can’t just do whatever we want with them.The way I look at it, we have custody of these instruments, and it is our duty and cultural responsibility to play them and maintain them to pass on when the time comes.I’d love to know whose and how many sets of hands we have to thank for having this 80-year-old instrument in such fine condition. Destiny is not a concept I believe in, but I do believe in paying attention. And my ears pricked up when I first heard this guitar. It is one of the instruments I treasure and feel honored to have in my custody.BRO – Could you have done this record with a different guitar?SA – Very simply, no. I could and have played these songs on other guitars, but this recording is entirely centered around this particular guitar, its strengths, and the character of its sound. It’s the guitar that I’m taking out to tour behind this CD. It’s a little bit of history, a guitar that was made when Robert Johnson was 23 years old.BRO – We are featuring “The First Shot Missed Him” on this month’s Trail Mix. What’s the history of that tune?SA – “The First Shot Missed Him” is one of the tunes that Mississippi John Hurt recorded for the Library of Congress when he was first brought to Washington, D.C., in 1963. To my knowledge, the tune was not released commercially in Hurt’s lifetime. It was new to me when I revisited John’s repertoire after visiting his home in Avalon, Mississippi, in 2011.The song seems to me like one of those tunes that is made up of a collection of “floating” verses that might be sung to any variety of different dance tunes or vaudeville songs.When I played the fretless gourd banjo to the track, it seemed to bring out the humor and joy in Hurt’s music. The track’s only 1 minute and 45 seconds longs. It’s a perfect opener and the second line, the perfect title.BRO – What is it about these old blues pickers that flips your switch?SA – In 1967, I walked into a Mike Seeger concert in Alexandria, Virginia, and half way through the show Mike introduced Virginia bluesman John Jackson for a couple of songs.Jackson played the most interesting, complicated, and arresting acoustic guitar music I had ever heard. I became a guitar player in that moment. Jackson was playing a Piedmont or ragtime blues style that existed entirely outside the mainstream of contemporary folk and commercial music. And he was making this remarkable music with two hands, six strings and his voice: no guitar amplifiers, no synthesizers, no drummer . . . or drum machine!I have always sought out senior musicians with an ear to learning something about American roots and blues music that, if we were to depend on the commercial music scene, would have been lost decades ago. If I have value, it is because of my time with these old men and women and their generosity to me. If you could remove them from me somehow, no one would recognize me. They made me who I am.BRO – If you could hear Mississippi John Hurt play any one tune on that Gibson, what would it be?SA – This is an impossible question. Damn.If I could have some time with John Hurt, I would want to hear whatever tunes he wanted to play. And, more, I’d like to shake his hand and hear some stories about his family and life. He had a burgeoning career in 1928 that was cut short by the stock market crash and the Great Depression. We didn’t get another shot at John’s music until 1963. By 1966, he was gone. I didn’t hear him until 1970!I will tell you though, that from first hearing, I was possessed with learning to play John’s music. And I spent nearly every waking hour my freshman year at Washington & Lee University dropping the needle of my Philco stereo system onto one of John’s records and trying to hear and replicate his style.And, I was having tremendous trouble making the guitar sound the way John’s guitar sounded, even when I played the right notes. Midway through the year, I found and bought the Vanguard Mississippi John Hurt: Live double album. Upon opening the packaging, I found a picture of John on stage, guitar in playing position, hand above the strings, facing a microphone.His right hand was not addressing the guitar like mine. My hand was sort of in folk, fingerpicking position, palm away from the guitar, fingers curled under…John’s thumb was essentially parallel to the strings, lined up with the radius of his forearm. He was playing with the side of his thumb, not the tip. This position brought the palm of the hand into close proximity to the bass strings of the guitar, making palm muting a simple matter of rotating the forearm a little.Seeing that picture set me on the right track to making the guitar sound like his.This is part of the reason why it is important to see performers play. There are many different ways to get sound out of the guitar. Making music is a very physical activity. Seeing how someone goes about it can make all the difference. Even one photograph can tell us volumes. Access now to film of John’s playing, even what little there is, is a great delight. I encourage all musicians to seek out their elders.If I could have some time with John, I’d be all eyes and ears.For more information on Scott Ainslie, and how you can get a copy of The Last Shot Got Him, direct your browser to scottainslie.com.
This month’s Instagram Takeover features Boone, North Carolina-based fly fisher Katie Cahn. You might recognize Katie from the March issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors where she is featured prominently. She spends much of her time with a fly rod in hand, combing the rivers and streams of Western North Carolina in search of wily brook, rainbow and brown trout. Lucky for us she documents her adventures on Instagram.Follow along as we feature some of Katie’s favorite Instagram posts this week, and get to know the girl behind the March cover a little better with our Q & A below the photos.“There’s so much beauty in the world, you just have to find it. I would start in Western North Carolina.”“Drying off.”“Upstream.”“Easing my soul. One rainbow at a time.”“What you can’t see in this photo is the bald eagle that graced me with its presence or the kingfishers and pileated woodpeckers that tolerated my presence. Or the big brown I had on that literally spit the fly out into my face.”“Is it fall yet?”[divider]Q & A with Katie[/divider]BRO: How did you get into fly fishing?KC: I had always “fished,” but never practiced the art of angling. I started dating a guy who fly fished and this was at the time I was going to school at WCU. For three years I lived 50 yards from the Tuckasegee River. Within that time, I spent many study breaks at the river fly fishing. During those years I got to know the Tuckasegee, Nantahala and a few other undisclosed streams pretty well. BRO: Do you have a favorite fly?KC: Yeah, it’s that green, red, and yellow sparkly one with the bead head in my fly box that I haven’t lost yet. I’m kidding, but really, my favorite way to fish is with dry flies. There’s nothing like having a trout come up to the surface for a fly. It takes my breath away. BRO: Where do you do most of your fishing?KC: I fish mainly upstream in tight rhododendron and mountain laurel thickets where people tend to not go. I try to stay away from crowds. When I fish, I’m looking for solitude. There’s nothing worse than having some person walk up on your fishing hole, and I think any angler would agree to that. BRO: Got a favorite fish story you’d like to share?KC: One story that comes to mind is a time I was fishing on the Tuck. I was in one of my secret spots and this amazing hatch was going off. There were mayflies everywhere. This was in July of last year so the temperature of the water was stressing the fish. I fought this big, beautiful, wild rainbow for what felt like 10 minutes. When I finally netted it I could tell it was spent. It took about 3 minutes to revive, but when it finally got the strength to swim away from my hands, my heart melted. I share this story because there were no photos from that day, it was just me and the essence of nature.BRO: If you could choose only one river to fish for the rest of your life what would it be?KC: This is a hard one. Each river I fish has so many different qualities, but the one that does come to mind, I wouldn’t tell you the name of it (wink wink).BRO: If you could fish anywhere in the world for one day where would it be?KC: Patagonia, baby! BRO: One piece of fly fishing gear you wouldn’t head into the woods without…KC: I wouldn’t go fly fishing without my hemostats. Some people might say their felt soul boots or their favorite rod and reel, but for me, being able to quickly crush a barb or gently release a hook from a trout’s mouth is crucial.[divider]Related Articles[/divider]
“I have no idea why our government would issue loan guarantees to facilitate foreign investments for a product that is intended to prop up the faltering fracking industry, as well as to be shipped overseas,” Leatra Harper, managing director for the FreshWater Accountability Project told Energy News Network.China and the U.S. are planning a massive petrochemical hub in West Virginia.The biggest energy project you’ve never heard of commonly goes by the acronym ASTH—the Appalachian Storage and Trading Hub. This massive petrochemical hub in West Virginia and Pennsylvania would be the largest infrastructure in the region’s history, consisting of hundreds of miles of pipelines, fracked gas processing facilities, and underground storage of petrochemicals and fracked gas liquids.Once completed, ASTH would stretch along the Ohio-West Virginia border from Pennsylvania to Kentucky along the Ohio River. Its powerful backers—including the Trump administration, the Chinese government, and Shell Oil—claim it will revitalize a region torn apart by a fizzling coal industry. President Trump and Xi Jinping, the president of China, met this past November on a trade mission, during which Xi Jinping signed on to invest nearly $84 billion in the ASTH over the next two decades—that’s more than West Virginia’s entire 2016 GDP.U.S. Representative David McKinley (R-W.Va.) says that the petrochemical hub “fits in well with Trump’s desire for more federal infrastructure investment.” Opponents say it will be the country’s next Cancer Alley.“‘Appalachian Storage and Trading Hub’ is a benign name for how massive and detrimental this project and its impacts would be,” says Dustin White. His roots in West Virginia stretch back 11 generations. He comes from a long line of hardworking coal miners, and he’d always felt proud of that way of life. That changed, however, when he learned his community cemetery and the entire mountain where he his family had lived were threatened by mountaintop removal mining.This discovery spurred him to look more closely at the coal industry and its impacts on Appalachians. The legacy of exploitation he found challenged many of his beliefs. “It slapped me in the face,” says White. “I don’t want others to go through that.”White believes that the petrochemical hub will lock Appalachia into another century of exploitation by the fossil fuel industry. “Coal dug Appalachians’ grave, oil-and-gas built the coffin, and petrochemical industry wants to put the nails in the lid.”The petrochemical hub has long graduated from early planning stages. “They’ve been working on this for ten years with support from both the West Virginia and Ohio governments,” says Cheryl Johncox, Sierra Club organizer. “Despite this, it hasn’t been on the radar for most citizens or even many large environmental organizations.”John Morgan, a resident of Belmont County, Ohio, since 1979, became aware of ASTH eight years ago when gas companies started leasing land adjacent to his community. He has seen firsthand the impact of extractive industries and how the explosive rise of shale gas has irreparably changed the region. His neighbors are especially weary since multiple homes were damaged years ago by nearby mining operations in unstable geology. “Most people have no clue how much more damage is coming if it doesn’t stop,” Morgan says. At a meeting, a gas company representative divulged that around 6,000 shale wells would be required to extract the desired natural gas in Belmont County alone. “The industry doesn’t want people to know about this,” he says.Advocates of the ASTH say it’s needed to meet increasing energy demands and reduce America’s dependence on fossil fuel imports. They say that it will be safe, create long-term jobs, lower locals’ natural gas rates, and ultimately boost a struggling Appalachian economy.However, if built, the ASTH will export much of the fracked gas overseas to China. If the majority of the product will be leaving our shores, local taxpayers may be footing the bill without experiencing lower energy rates or even receiving the gas that’s fracked from beneath them.Even worse, says Johncox, this petrochemical hub locks the region into fossil fuel dependence for decades, when really we need to be investing in a renewable energy infrastructure.Most of the ASTH will be built along the Ohio River, which the EPA has identified as the most polluted body of water in the country for the last seven years. The Ohio River also provides drinking water for millions of people in the region.In 2015, Princeton University researchers found that infants born within one kilometer of a fracking well were 25 percent more likely to have low birth weights than infants born more than three kilometers away. And many of the toxins used for drilling and processing petrochemicals are known carcinogens.Leaks, spills, and explosions are also industry-admitted risks. Appalachia’s Cancer Alley could be even more dangerous than the Gulf Coast’s because of its mountainous topography. Air pollution in the mountains gets trapped in low valleys like a smothering blanket, and any leaked gases from underground storage could remain stagnant and ignite with one spark. “It’s horrible what’s going on in Texas and Louisiana, but they have Gulf breezes moving air out of the region. We don’t have that, and it’s a worse-case scenario,” says Johncox.White says that the gas Industry frequently “targets those they believe can’t put up a resistance because they’re busy surviving or are seeking a quick fix for the economy.” Already, there are thousands of abandoned fracking wells across Appalachia leaking natural gas, oil, and acid mine drainage into the groundwater, surface water, and air. Locals pay the price—and so will coming generations, says White. And what about jobs? Plant operations, which are heavily automated, will create an estimated 350 to 1,200 permanent jobs. For pipelines, the number of permanent jobs will likely be even smaller. The Brookings Institution found that the Dakota Access Pipeline will provide only 40 full-time post-construction positions.Meanwhile, the renewable energy industry already provides five times more jobs than coal, oil, and natural gas combined in the United States.West Virginia’s thriving outdoor recreation and tourism industries could also suffer from the proposed petrochemical hub. West Virginia is home to some of the most spectacular whitewater, mountain biking, climbing, and hiking in the nation. According to the Outdoor Industry Association, the outdoor sector generates 91,000 direct jobs in West Virginia, and 215,000 in Ohio, and more than a quarter million in Pennsylvania, dwarfing the number of jobs from coal, oil, and gas combined in Appalachia. The outdoor economy also creates over $62 billion in outdoor-related consumer spending in West Virginia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.White believes there are wiser choices for the future of this beautiful region, choices which preserve its natural resources and prioritize the health of all over the profits for a few. “It took me losing friends and family and family history to an extractive industry,” says White. “Folks need to wake up and realize what’s coming and not wait until it hits their backyard.” A development corporation is seeking a $1.9 billion U.S. federal loan guarantee to help build an Appalachian storage hub for natural gas liquids that already has significant funding from Chinese investors.
Teen hiker missing for 18 hours in Carter County, TN found safe Read more here: https://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/2020/02/04/dupont-state-recreation-forest-seeks-public-input-forest-management/4625979002/ The N.C. Forest Service is accepting public comment via an online survey. A non-profit that helps with stewardship of the forest, Friends of DuPont Forest, has also launched an online survey to ask the public what they’d most like the non-profit to focus on. Read more here: https://www.wjhl.com/news/local/teen-recounts-night-spent-in-woods-after-getting-separated-from-hiking-group-at-twisting-falls/ If you do find a tick on your body, remove it as soon as possible. Dr. Alexis Barbarian, the State of North Carolina Entomologist, told ABC11 that ticks must be attached to you for nearly 20 hours to transmit most diseases. North Carolina’s DuPont State Forest seeks public comment on management plan The warmer-than-usual weather the southeast has experienced this winter might be great for hiking, biking and exploring the outdoors, but it comes with one little downside: ticks. The mild weather means that ticks, which usually settle down in the winter for something that resembles hibernation, are up and active, looking for their next meal. DuPont State Forest, the 12,000-acre state forest in North Carolina’s Henderson and Transylvania counties, is seeking public comment on its forest recreation plan. The forest attracted nearly 1 million visitors last year and has become a mountain biking hub, drawing visitors from around the world. Mild weather means ticks are active The teen began to follow a stream but, once nightfall set in, he told WJHL that he “found myself a cave and slept in it for 12 hours while I was soaking wet.” Meanwhile, the Carter County Rescue Squad, Carter County Sheriff’s Office, the U.S. Forest Service, the Technical Rescue team and a few volunteer fire departments all began searching for Blackburn, eventually locating him along a forest service road. Despite the ordeal, he suffered no injuries. 18-year-old Ethan Blackburn of Mountain City, TN went hiking with a group of friends to “Twisting Falls” in Carter County on Monday. The group began their hike around 4 p.m., but as the sun began to set, Blackburn realized he was no longer with the group. Read more here: https://abc11.com/health/ncs-mild-winter-means-ticks-are-active/5867513/