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Pioneers in the management of American forestry got their start in western North Carolina in the late 1800s. With George Vanderbilt's backing, Carl Alwin Schenck faced the monumental challenge of managing thousands of acres of eroding forestland; together they developed the first map in the US for the purpose of large-scale forest management and established the Biltmore Forest School, the first forestry school in America.
Although a small, unsuspecting creature, the Scotch Bonnet is an aggressive snail-like creature that lives off the North Carolina coast in depths up to 300 feet. Although a particularly rare shell to come across, the Scotch Bonnet was made the state's official seashell in 1965, prompting North Carolina to become the first state to adopt a seashell as its state symbol.
The Quilt Trails of the Tar River, a project of the Franklin County Arts Council, displays quilt blocks around the upper Tar River area of the county and surrounding countryside. These art pieces, placed on historic buildings and structures mark the history, agriculture, and scenic byways of the region.