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Wednesday, 17 August 2016 15:25

Forest Service evaluates potential wilderness areas

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The cadre of groups helping the U.S. Forest Service work toward a new management plan for the Pisgah-Nantahala National Forest…
For the past decade, Sylva’s Pinnacle Park has had Sae Smyrl envisioning a lofty future for the hiking area. A…
Wednesday, 03 August 2016 16:17

A real can of DNA worms

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A new whole-genome (the entire genetic makeup) study published in Science Advances on July 27 is giving the already muddied…
The air on the Cataloochee Divide Trail is heavy with humidity and the promise of an afternoon storm, but the…
Cloud cover keeps the summer morning cool as Mark Hopey makes the rounds below Cowee Mound. By 8:30 a.m., he…
Wednesday, 20 July 2016 15:38

Planning begins for logging project in Haywood

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Round tables and large, neon sticky notes characterized last week’s kickoff of a planning process to cut timber and create…
Wednesday, 20 July 2016 15:36

Wading through nostalgia

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Give a Loosiana boy a reason to don his hip boots and strap on a headlight and you’ve got a…
By Jamie Arnold • Contributing writer It’s a 95-degree Sunday afternoon. Most folks are at the lake, or lounging on the…
Wednesday, 06 July 2016 16:05

Combination science lab and amusement park

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Weightless for two seconds is not a moonwalk but at the top of the Space Shot at Huntsville, Alabama’s (Rocket…
A growing collection of roadside signs has been popping up along rural drives and main thoroughfares in Western North Carolina…
Rods, reels, and wader-clad teenagers dotted Big East Fork’s meander to Lake Logan through the warm summer mornings last week,…
The wilderness is where one can find peace and clarity while also finding inner strength and determination.  That is the…
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 14:50

Peregrines once again at Devil’s Courthouse

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A couple of Saturday’s ago Bob Olthoff and I made a quick trip up the Blue Ridge Parkway. We were…
When Sarah Scott first started work at Haywood County Cooperative Extension in February 2015, planning for the 2016 Haywood County…
Wednesday, 08 June 2016 16:18

Keep your salamander away from my newt

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I often remind everyone who reads “The Naturalist’s Corner” to remember to look up. But each spring while surveying birds…
Adam Bigelow bears down on the gas pedal of his biodiesel-fueled Jetta, urging it up the steep contours of the…
Wednesday, 01 June 2016 16:25

Glad to be alive: Bear bite victim tells his story

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The sun had not quite set when Bradley Veeder fell asleep in his tent May 10, feeling “tired but happy”…
It’s been three years since a vigorous debate about charging for backcountry camping in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park…
Wednesday, 25 May 2016 14:10

Canucks amongst us

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You’re hiking streamside through a rhododendron tangle when you hear a short, musical trill – it kind of mimics the…
When life gets hectic, most people have a vacation spot where they go to unwind — perhaps a family cabin…
The sun is lowering toward a perfect spring evening as the crew from Fox Sports’ “Anglers & Appetites” pulls onto…
Wednesday, 11 May 2016 15:40

Evolution

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I spend six weeks every spring doing bird surveys for the Forest Service across Western North Carolina. My travels take…
Joel Harrington has always been a fan of turtles. Of all animals, really — he is a veterinarian — but Harrington has…
Jackson County is on its way to becoming the trout capital of North Carolina after county leaders unveiled a plan…
Wednesday, 27 April 2016 16:10

Smoky birds

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I just finished four wonderful days of birding in the Smokies, helping out with the 66th Annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage.…
It’s 4 p.m. on the Appalachian Trail, and while the sun will be awake for hours yet, “hiker midnight,” which…
All he heard was the sound of an engine. “I came over the rise, a place I’d ridden hundreds of…
Wednesday, 13 April 2016 14:41

Mystery solved

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I was having my morning coffee on the small floating dock in the narrow, clear Weeki Wachee River about three…
The outdoors have been a powerful force in the lives of Jim Parham and MaryEllen Hammond.  The Nantahala River was…
Wednesday, 30 March 2016 15:38

Early to the woods

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Due to contractual obligations with the Forest Service I have been in the woods a little earlier than usual this…
When Earth Day rolls around this year, students at Western Carolina University will be able to celebrate with a bit…
The parking lot at Tsali Recreation Area was full of bikes Friday evening — more than 100 of them, strapped…
When the bell rang for the end of school Friday afternoon, Jeff Vamvakias’ room at Cullowhee Valley Elementary emptied a…
Wednesday, 16 March 2016 15:39

Lake J – even when it’s bad, it’s good

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Waterfowl have been scarce across Western North Carolina this fall and winter. Traditional haunts like Lake Julian in Asheville, Lake…
The little storefront that serves as home base for Todd McDougall’s chiropractic office looks just about how you’d expect such…
Wednesday, 02 March 2016 16:36

Residents promote Franklin as outdoor destination

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Franklin residents have taken it upon themselves to get the word out about the town’s recognition as the “Top Small…
Wednesday, 02 March 2016 16:18

Hooray for the orange and black

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The monarch butterfly is known for its amazing annual spring and fall migration — from wintering grounds in Mexico in…
“This is the ugliest fly I have,” says Mike Kesselring, pulling a battered-looking brown-bodied, black-feathered fly from a box marked…
Wednesday, 17 February 2016 15:39

P.T. would be jealous

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One of the greatest shows on Earth is about to take center stage. Spring ephemerals will begin clawing through the…
Wednesday, 17 February 2016 14:55

Here to stay: Coyotes make themselves at home in WNC

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It’s been 30 years since Raymond Bunn saw his first coyote, and that moment — Clay County, 1986 — is…
When the snow starts falling and Western North Carolina’s main streets, schools and businesses go to sleep in wait for…
Wednesday, 03 February 2016 16:41

Don’t fall for that 5-planet crap

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It’s been awhile since The Naturalist’s Corner’s chief investigative journalist, Kuteeng Satire, has been called upon to help us clarify…
As national champion Karen Tripp likes to say, cyclo-cross is a sport that you win by seconds. And that’s just…
As the sun goes down on the snow-covered mountain at Cataloochee Ski Area, anticipation spikes among the enlightened few who…
Wednesday, 20 January 2016 17:28

Can I move?

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Remember the scene in “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” where the Kid was asked by an old miner (I…
Should North Carolina start thinking about a hunting season for elk?  If the crowd that turned out to the N.C.…
For Danny Bernstein and her husband Lenny, trips south to visit Lenny’s family in Miami Beach are a regular feature…
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 15:49

CBC double-dipping

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They say great minds think alike, and who am I to argue with “They?” The Franklin Bird Club and Carolina…
Fifteen years ago, a herd of 52 elk set foot in their new home — the Great Smoky Mountains National…
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