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THE GREAT FOREST FILM

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THE GREAT FOREST, a feature documentary, recently launched on Kickstarter to raise the finishing funds for the film. The documentary follows conservationists throughout southern Appalachia as they struggle to manage two of the most biodiverse and visited national forests in the country – the Pisgah and Nantahala. The Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests are a part of the Appalachian Mountains, which are some of the oldest mountains on earth. These public lands receive over 10 million visitors a year, bringing in millions of revenue dollars, representing some of the most popular public lands in the U.S. Despite their significance and importance, the future of these National Forests is currently uncertain. The US Forest Service has been working on a Forest Plan that will dictate how the Pisgah and Nantahala are managed for the next two decades. The plan is currently being unveiled and has been a center of controversy, highlighting the core conflicts that public lands are facing across the country such as wilderness designation, wildlife protection, overdevelopment, managing recreation, logging and more. THE GREAT FOREST will be following these controversies as the Forest Plan is finalized, focusing on our role in managing lands. The mission of the film is …

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Hi-Wire Brewing Announces Plans for Birmingham, AL Location

The brewer’s first Alabama taproom, set to open in late summer, will join Hi-Wire’s roster of soon-to-be ten taprooms. With expansions underway at both its Biltmore Village Production and South Slope Specialty breweries in Asheville, two additional locations are scheduled to open this year – Charlotte, N.C., in the spring and Cincinnati near the end of 2022. Alabama marks the fourth state in which the award-winning brewery will have premises with six facilities in Hi-Wire’s home state of North Carolina along with out-of-state taprooms in Knoxville, Tennessee, Louisville, Kentucky, and soon-to-be Cincinnati, Ohio. Hi-Wire Brewing has opened three new locations since December of 2020 in addition to expanding its distribution footprint to a ninth state, Virginia.

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