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Thursday, 04 November 2010 00:57

Keep your eye on the birdie

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Last year around this time we talked about York University Professor Bridget Stutchbury’s groundbreaking research with migrating purple martins and…
The Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy has partnered with The Conservation Fund to purchase 8,000 acres in southern Transylvania County from…
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 20:46

October nights

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The clear night skies last week provided the perfect backdrop for this year’s Hunter’s Moon. The Hunter’s Moon is the…
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 20:45

The 1776 campaign against the Cherokee

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By Lamar Marshall • Contributing Writer It was a crisp, cold day with snow on the ground when I pulled…
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 20:19


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Blue, white, lavender and purple corymbs, racemes and panicles will glow from shadowy woods and blaze from sunny meadows from…
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 20:18

Ancient footpaths of a lost era

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Editor’s note: In April 2009, the non-profit organization Wild South was notified by the Cherokee Preservation Foundation of the Eastern…
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 20:50

Peregrines have much better year in 2010

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According to a recent report from Chris Kelley, N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission Mountain Wildlife Diversity Biologist, seven of 12 nesting…
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 20:47

Watershed forestry back on the table

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Waynesville town leaders are weighing whether to conduct selective logging of an old white pine plantation in the Waynesville watershed,…
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 20:28

The Naturalist's Corner

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Foggy fall morning at Lake Junaluska I decided to get out and get a breath of autumn air this morning…
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 20:25

Benton MacKaye trail celebrates milestone

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By Reggie Jay • Guest writer As the Benton MacKaye Trail turns 30 this year, a dedicated group of volunteers…
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 13:19

The Naturalist's Corner

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North Carolina’s loss – Louisiana’s gain Chris Canfield has stepped down as executive director of Audubon North Carolina to assume…
Tuesday, 28 September 2010 13:21

Recreation rendezvous shines a light on WNC

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Representatives from some of the biggest names in outdoor recreation will soon touch ground in Asheville for the 2010 Outdoor…
Wednesday, 22 September 2010 19:48

The Naturalist's Corner

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Panther Top fire tower My family spent a wonderful sunny Sunday afternoon this week in the Tusquitee Ranger District of…
As the recession worsens, more and more animals need help, and fewer and fewer funding sources are available to animal…
Wednesday, 15 September 2010 19:43

The Good, The Bad and The Deadly

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The Good, The Bad and The Deadly is one of five classes that will be offered by the Asheville Mushroom…
Wednesday, 15 September 2010 19:37

To catch a ginseng thief

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With the ginseng season just getting under way, federal and state law enforcement officers again are turning to cutting-edge technology…
Wednesday, 08 September 2010 13:29

The Naturalist's Corner

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Fall migration is heating up It looks like last week’s long-billed curlew was a harbinger of things to come. A…
Tuesday, 31 August 2010 20:18

WNC birders jolted from summer doldrums

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Birders are a restless, impatient lot. From the end of June till the end of August they walk around in…
Tuesday, 31 August 2010 20:16

Cataloochee Elk deemed a success

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Fans of the elk herd in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park would be surprised to learn that until now,…
Tuesday, 24 August 2010 19:44

Won one for the piper

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On Aug. 17, federal judge Royce C. Lambeth ruled that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s designation of critical habitat…
Tuesday, 17 August 2010 20:47

Overlooks in southern Appalachia

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High-elevation overlooks are one of our finest natural resources. These vantage points allow us to rise above our everyday humdrum…
Tuesday, 17 August 2010 20:38

The oil is gone! Long live the oil!

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A week or so ago White House energy adviser Carol Browner was hitting the morning TV circuit, telling anyone who…
Tuesday, 03 August 2010 20:36

On the beauty of hibiscus flowers

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I had my first introduction to plants in the Hibiscus genus when I was a boy. Rose-of-Sharon was a common…
Wednesday, 28 July 2010 13:08

Bird’s the word

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Are you a fledgling birder? Would you like to learn more about the feathered flocks that visit your feeder and…
Ruffin Shackelford led a group of boys, referred to his program by a juvenile court judge, deep into the Shining…
Wednesday, 21 July 2010 13:00

Goats who stare at trees

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They not only stare at them, they eat them. Well, maybe not all trees, but woody browse in general. Hopefully,…
Tuesday, 20 July 2010 20:49

America’s Great Outdoors Initiative

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Not even the looming shadow of the nation’s worst environmental disaster in two decades could spoil the mood at the…
The mountains of Western North Carolina are rapidly becoming the top destination for serious cyclists east of the Mississippi. The…
Last Thursday morning was atypical for song sparrow IR-IF. While defending his territory from the song of an intruding male,…
Wednesday, 12 July 2017 15:51

Endangered snail thrives after wildfire

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After the fall 2016 wildfires concluded, biologists feared that the flames had devastated populations of the rare noonday globe snail…
Wednesday, 05 July 2017 15:53

Brownfield lands a beehive

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A restored brownfield property in Franklin is now home to a hive of Carniolan honeybees.
Wednesday, 05 July 2017 15:44

Water quality projects receive Pigeon River Fund grants

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Environmental groups working to improve water quality, aquatic habitat and recreational access recently saw $182,000 in grants from the Pigeon…
Wednesday, 05 July 2017 15:44

WNC water plants honored for extra-clean water

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The N.C. Division of Water Resources has honored 49 water treatment plants statewide for surpassing federal and state drinking water…
Wednesday, 28 June 2017 16:46

Whitewater Falls to reopen

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The Whitewater Falls viewing area is on track to reopen by July 4 after being closed since wildfire destroyed it…
Wednesday, 28 June 2017 16:39

Land purchase protects crown jewel of the A.T.

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Views from the breathtaking Hump Mountain in the Roan Highlands are now protected thanks to a 324-acre purchase the Southern…
Wednesday, 28 June 2017 16:35

Rec access to expand on the Chattooga

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A plan to make recreational access to the Chattooga River ecologically sustainable calls for construction of three kayak launch sites,…
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 15:51

NASA comes to WNC

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A new nationwide outreach program will bring NASA resources to Western North Carolina, with the Fontana Regional Library selected as…
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 15:50

Bear canisters required on Avery Creek

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Bear-safe food storage is now mandatory within 1,000 feet of Avery Creek Road following an Emergency Food Storage Order issued…
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 15:49

Study catalogues trout fishing’s economic impact

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A recent study quantifying the economic impact of trout fishing showed that 149,000 trout anglers in North Carolina fished 1.6…
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 15:48

Duke funds will help improve fisheries

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Coldwater fisheries will get a boost thanks to a $95,000 grant that Duke Energy’s Water Resources Fund awarded to Trout…
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 15:46

Bat populations remain low due to white-nose syndrome

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Results are back from this year’s winter bat surveys in Western North Carolina, and numbers have remained low following the…
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 15:18

Ash borer found in Asheville

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The emerald ash borer has made it to Asheville, with its arrival to Craftsman Circle providing the first evidence of…
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 15:16

Waterrock Knob planning begins

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Planning is underway for the management of 5,329 acres that the Blue Ridge Parkway acquired around Waterrock Knob last year.
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 15:16

New fence will protect Smokies museum garden

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Elk will stay out of the crops at the Mountain Farm Museum following construction of a historically accurate fence funded…
Wednesday, 14 June 2017 15:16

Invest in WNC’s great outdoors

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The National Forest Foundation has named the Pisgah-Nantahala National Forest as a Treasured Landscape, a designation that unlocks funding to…
Wednesday, 14 June 2017 15:16

A.T. plates fund conservation

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Proceeds from North Carolina Appalachian Trail license plates resulted in $30,000 worth of awards to 12 projects intended to preserve…
Wednesday, 14 June 2017 15:13

Parkway superintendent to retire

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Blue Ridge Parkway Superintendent Mark Woods has announced his retirement from the National Park Service following four years in the…
Wednesday, 07 June 2017 15:42

Students fight stormwater pollution

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Students from the Haywood Community Learning Center did their part to reduce stormwater runoff through a service project to mark…
Wednesday, 07 June 2017 15:41

Parkway delivers $1 billion economic impact

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In 2016, Blue Ridge Parkway visitors spent $979.3 million in communities near the park, supporting 15,649 jobs for a cumulative…