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WCU class visits mountain wetland for training

The term “wetland” is not typically associated with the mountain environment that surrounds Western Carolina University, but a group of WCU students received some valuable training in how to mark a wetland boundary not too far from campus.
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WCU team joins state experts in examination of slope failure

Fast-moving mountain landslides called “debris flows” topped the news in September 2004 when one such slide killed five people in Macon County’s Peeks Creek community, but it is another type of less-understood slope failure that is the focus of a long-term research project involving Western Carolina University geology students and faculty, and the state’s Geological Survey and Department of Transportation.
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Rivercane project wins $101,000 grant

The Cherokee Preservation Foundation awarded a $101,000 grant to a team of Western Carolina University scientists to support research for the restoration of the region’s once-plentiful river cane.
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WCU shoreline program lands $78,000 to study coastal parks

Less than a month after announcing that the internationally known Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines is moving to Western Carolina University, the new director of the program already has landed a federal grant to study coastal engineering projects in the national park system.
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WCU geosciences professor leads Elwha tribal education project

Thanks to a National Science Foundation grant-funded project led by a Western Carolina University professor, 25 young people from Washington’s Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe are seeing firsthand how the nation’s largest dam removal project will impact a river system with deep spiritual and cultural significance to the tribe.