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PNS Daily Newscast - November 25, 2020 

Feeding hungry families, on Thanksgiving and beyond; and is that turkey really from a family farm? (Note to Broadcasters: The newscast has been granted a holiday for Thanksgiving, but we'll return first thing Friday.)

2020Talks - November 25, 2020 

Biden nominees speak; how can social media spread less misinformation and be less polarizing.

Public News Service - NC: Public Lands/Wilderness

The superintendent of Pilot Mountain State Park in Pinnacle, North Carolina, reached out to Resource Institute for a solution to stop erosion for one of its streams. (Paula Worden)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- One of the most frequently visited parks in North Carolina has improved a prized natural resource. Grassy Creek, which flows through Pilot Mountain State Park, was severely eroded. Ken White, vice chair of Resource Institute, a Winston-Salem based nonprofit that restores str

The Southern Blue Ridge Mountains are among the most climate-resilient landscapes in the U.S., according to new research by a team of scientists at The Nature Conservancy. (Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Animals are on the move to escape rising temperatures and increased floods and drought, but some could find refuge in North Carolina's Sandhills and Southern Blue Ridge, according to a new map developed by scientists at The Nature Conservancy. The map pinpoints biodiverse "hotspots

The Roan Highlands in North Carolina is a conservation focus area of the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy. (Travis Bordley)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- The U.S. Senate recently passed legislation aimed at ensuring the nation's land and water resources, particularly its national parks and forests, are maintained and protected for future generations. Conservation groups in North Carolina say the bill could expand residents' access

Nationwide, time spent in such outdoor spaces as parks, beaches and community gardens has shrunk as people continue to stay indoors to avoid spread of COVID-19. (Adobe Stock)<br />

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - With schools out and many camps canceled this summer due to COVID-19, families are looking for ways to get their kids outdoors. The North Carolina Wildlife Federation has launched an "Outside Every Day Challenge" - from now until mid-July, it's calling on parents and caregivers to

Rainwater from Hurricane Florence washes out a bridge in Waxhaw, North Carolina. (Adobe Stock)<br />

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Atlantic hurricane season starts Monday, and weather watchers warn it could be an active one. So, experts say funding for flood mitigation and resilient infrastructure must be a priority. Even with state resources stretched in the COVID-19 pandemic, progress can be made, say

View of Satulah Mountain from the Brushy Face Trail in Highlands, N.C. (Highlands Cashiers Land Trust)

HIGHLANDS, N.C. -- Volunteers have completed a roughly two-mile trail through a dense web of old-growth forests on land that was once slated to become a subdivision in the Highlands area. Kyle Pursel, stewardship coordinators with the Highlands Cashiers Land Trust, the organization that now owns t

Wetlands prevent flooding by sponging up excess water after storms and heavy rains. (Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Southern Environmental Law Center and other groups have sued the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for redefining which waterways are protected under the Clean Water Act. The move strips protections from more than half of the country's waters

Fisher River Park in Surry County is a popular spot for kayaking. (Adobe Stock)

MOUNT AIRY, N.C. -- Conservationists have restored more than 3,000 feet of eroded streambank along the Fisher river in Surry County. The river runs through the county's only state park, which provides an outdoor-recreational space for more than 70,000 North Carolinians. Surry County Commissioner E

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