Ecological heritage to be discussed

Tom Earnhardt, host of the television program “Exploring North Carolina,” will give a presentation highlighting the uniqueness of the state’s ecological heritage Thursday, June 27, at Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center.

The free presentation will begin at 7 p.m. in the museum auditorium.

An attorney by profession, Earnhardt also is a conservationist and naturalist who serves as writer, co-producer and host for the “Exploring North Carolina” series, which focuses on the natural resources of North Carolina and the Southeast. The show airs on UNC-TV and has been nominated three times for an Emmy.

Among the honors Earnhardt has received are the Governor’s Award as North Carolina Conservationist of the Year, the Honorary Warden Award from the North Carolina Audubon Society, and the Order of the Golden Salamander from the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

Earnhardt has written and edited books addressing topics such as mayflies, saltwater fly fishing and boat design. His most recent work, “Crossroads of the Natural World,” examines the ways in which North Carolina is a unique ecological crossroads. In the book, he explores the effects of invasive species, the importance of forested buffers along waterways, the roles of naturalists and the challenges posed by climate change and sea-level rise.

The presentation at WCU’s Mountain Heritage Center is being co-sponsored by City Lights Bookstore of Sylva.

For more information, contact the Mountain Heritage Center at 828-227-7129.

Tom Earnhardt

Tom Earnhardt