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Over the course of thousands of years lived in the Southern Appalachian mountains, the Cherokee people had pretty well developed a system of relationship with the land that ensured they harvested what they needed to live while leaving enough to ensure future generations would yield the same benefit. 

But then there was the arrival of Europeans, years of conflict, the removal, and the establishment of the Qualla Boundary under the supervision of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. It’s been a long time since Cherokee land was truly managed in the Cherokee tradition, but with the impending approval of a new forest management plan the pendulum is swinging back closer than it’s been in a long time.

Wednesday, 07 December 2016 16:39

State burn ban lifted

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Steady rains over the past week have caused the N.C. Forest Service to lift burning bans for 32 counties, including Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain.

Wednesday, 07 December 2016 16:37

Explore the Appalachians through the eyes of student research

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Fresh from a semester spent living and learning on the Highlands Biological Station campus, 10 University of North Carolina students will present their respective research findings from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, in the seminar room of Coker Laboratory in Highlands.

Wednesday, 07 December 2016 16:36

Bird the holidays away

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As December unfolds, birders across the globe will embark on a quest to tally as many birds and species as possible over the course of a single day in a 15-mile radius. The Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count, now in its 117th year, will feature a variety of local opportunities for expert and novice birders alike to participate in this annual birding experience.

Wednesday, 09 November 2016 15:18

Arboretum to light up for winter

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The Winter Lights exhibit at the N.C. Arboretum in Asheville will open Friday, Nov. 18, returning brighter than ever for its third year with nearly 500,000 lights.