Holly and Eric Haight of Washington, D.C., do some window shopping.
Sandra Curtis, left, and Nancy Allee from Florida stroll Main Street in Highlands on July 12.

Summer upswing

Establishments that thrive on the tourist trade in Highlands are reporting a healthy start to the summer season, thanks to sunny weather and a long Fourth of July weekend.

Ran Shaffner, president of the Highlands Plateau Greenway, believes it’s important to give people the option of traversing Highlands on trails through the forest rather than on roads.
The Highlands Plateau Greenway constantly makes improvements to its trail system, such as installing stone steps with railings for the safety and convenience of walkers.

Greenway growth

The Highlands Plateau Greenway is taking steps to improve the system of walking trails connecting residential and commercial areas of Highlands that the group has developed over the past 10 years.

The Chattooga River has been protected as a wild and scenic river since 1974. The Forest Service is narrowing down priorities for local forests for the next 10 to 15 years, including more possible wilderness and wild and scenic river designations.

Forest vision evolves

The revision of the Nantahala-Pisgah National Forest Plan is moving forward slowly but surely, as National Forest Service employees, local agencies, organizations and individuals try to hash out a


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