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Wednesday, 14 December 2011 21:49

Master Stewardship on the ground

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A North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) press release from Dec. 9 announced that work was underway, “… to restore…
Christmas tree farming is nothing new in Western North Carolina thanks to the perfect climate, perfect soil and preponderance of…
Wednesday, 07 December 2011 14:36

The good fight

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As too often happens, in this whirlwind life, I lost my roundtoit. I received an email from the Western North…
Wednesday, 07 December 2011 14:32

Gear guide 2011

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The Smoky Mountain News has teamed up with outfitters for yet another installment of our annual Outdoor Gear Gift Guide.…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 21:30

B-Friday

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That’s bird-Friday of course. And bird-Friday got off to a pretty chilly start. It was 26 degrees Fahrenheit when I…
Permaculture has become something of a catchword in farming and homesteading circles, a grand concept — but one usually unfulfilled…
Wednesday, 23 November 2011 15:01

Deja vue all over again

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Friends of Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge just finished waving goodbye to the Navy, its fighters and their outlying landing…
Mark Rozof sat behind a beat-up white desk surrounded by skis, walkie-talkies, snow jackets and other sundry gear strewn about…
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 14:20

The 500-pound gorilla

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I don’t remember exactly what I was doing when he came into the room. It was cool, so I had…
When Phil Watford traded in his paddle for a tool belt, giving up his far-cooler job as a kayak instructor…
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 20:16

Foggy Tessentee

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Last Saturday afternoon was a gorgeous autumn afternoon across Western North Carolina. Last Saturday morning, however, when Bob Olthoff and…
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 20:12

Making Haywood more bike friendly

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Haywood County is one step closer to getting a defined bike route traversing the county and improved cycling amenities. The…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 20:01

Call of the watershed

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The annual fall hike in the Town of Waynesville’s 9,000-acre watershed took place on Saturday Oct. 29. Around 25 stalwart…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 12:59

Wild for now, but keep your eye on the ball

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Ten years later and one hurdle leapt — there will be more. Last week the 10th U.S. Circuit court of…
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 13:32

Homage to Mariah

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“Mariah blows the stars around And sends the clouds a’flyin’ Mariah makes the mountains sound Like folks were up there…
A bad year for acorns in the higher elevations, coupled with a poor berry crop region wide, has resulted in…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:36

Leaf-lookers’ primer

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How did it get to be October already? Oh well, it’s here and the deep red sourwoods shinning from the…
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:34

Mud, Cowbells, and Beer: The Cyclocross Passions

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For a good part of the past decade I have spent a lot of time riding and racing my bike.…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 13:48

Western icon with ties to Western NC

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Acclaimed storyteller and actor Lee Stetson will bring his one-man show on John Muir to Western North Carolina in October.…
Joe and Dawn Johnson of Atlanta might be making another trip to the mountains next weekend after learning about the…
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 13:32

Hope is a thing with wheels

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Avid birder and burgeoning cyclist Lena Gallitano has come up with an ambitious plan to combine two of her passions.…
Haywood Community College students are learning best management practices to reduce stormwater runoff by using the campus itself as laboratory,…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 14:43

There’s still time

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Migration is at full tilt across the region right now. In the passerine (songbird) department thrushes, grosbeaks and tanagers are…
When droves of Haywood Community College wildlife and forestry students scrambled down the banks of Richland Creek last weekend with…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 12:32

A few hours on top

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Yesterday’s (9/11) wonderful late summer weather — mostly clear mid 70s — enticed my family up to Black Balsam for…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 14:14

Every breath sings mountains

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Friday, Sept. 23, is the autumn solstice. The solstice is about balance and harmony — the day and night are…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 14:11

Cowee Mound site of bird-monitoring work

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Cherokee students and teachers have undertaken the first part of a long-term monitoring project of birds at the Cowee Mound…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 13:05

Feathered hurricane hunter

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On Aug. 24 Chinquapin soared into the dangerous northeast quadrant of then category 3 Hurricane Irene. The Lockheed Martin C-130…
A maze of pores and rock fractures in the Appalachian Mountains make it one of the most complex hydrological systems…
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 12:33

Testifying

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I just wanted to shout an amen to brother George Ellison’s Aug. 10 Back Then column, “Late summer is an…
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 12:29

A great race makes a comeback

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There aren’t too many road races in Western North Carolina with the storied history of the Maggie Valley Moonlight Race,…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 14:12

Rankin Bottoms

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I can always count on Rankin Bottoms Wildlife Refuge when I need a Loosiana Delta fix. This musky backwater with…
If you’re going to put on and sponsor what has quickly evolved into one of the region’s most popular road-bike…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:50

Moonshadow, moonshadow

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I was all set to write about the annual summer fireworks displayed every August on that really big screen above…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:45

Stand-off over the Chattooga nears finale

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Paddlers are ever-so-slightly winning a tug-of-war over the Upper Chattooga River, a Wild and Scenic River that plunges off the…
Wednesday, 03 August 2011 13:36

OK, this polar bear walks into a Scottish bar…

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That’s probably not the exact scenario but a recent article in Current Biology claims that most, if not all, of…
Wednesday, 27 July 2011 14:35

Feeling dumb – go take a hike

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A recently published study in Proceedings, an online medical journal of the National Academy of Sciences, suggests that regular aerobic…
That the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest in Graham County isn’t what it once was is true — the large hemlocks…
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 14:28

Man vs. nature

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Unless you are of a philosophical bent, you might want to skip this last installment of the spotted owl trilogy.…
For two decades, the Little Tennessee Watershed Association in Franklin has been monitoring the health of the river’s water basin…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 12:45

More owl pellets

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I mentioned in last week’s Naturalist’s Corner that I found the decision by U.S. Fish & Wildlife to kill barred…
It’s a busy day at the farmers market, and William Shelton is red-faced and sweaty as he hands out boxes…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 11:29

Good owl – bad owl

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The Migratory Bird Act makes it illegal to kill barred owls, Strix varia. It is a crime that is punishable…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 11:27

Program marries old skills with new needs

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Scotty Bowman always knew he wanted to work outdoors, but he couldn’t figure out how to live his dream and…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 20:35

Mountain Wildlife Daze

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The eighth annual Mountain Wildlife Days is scheduled for July 15 and 16 at the Sapphire Valley Community Center. The…
Back in January, a group of environmental advocates gathered for after-work beers at Craggie Brewery in Asheville where they heard…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 14:07

Birding low and high

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Too many birders hang their binoculars up and put their field guides back on the shelf after May, fearing the…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 14:05

Bad air days common so far this summer

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Feeling a bit stuffy these days? You’re not alone — stagnating weather patterns and excessive heat, coupled with a heavy…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 13:15

Watershed stroll

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The first 2011 sojourn into the Town of Waynesville’s 8,000-plus acre watershed occurred last Saturday (June 11). The town has…