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You’ve got to be just a little bit crazy, maybe, to do this trail race — crazy for an epic…
Wednesday, 04 May 2011 20:26

Buzzin’ right along

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I spoke with Blair Ogburn, senior naturalist at Balsam Mountain Trust, the other day and she related a perplexing incident.…
The U.S. Forest Service is warning hikers to stay back a good 50 feet or so from a towering poplar…
Wednesday, 27 April 2011 20:18

New nesters

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I believe all of my feathered friends that nest and raise families in my yard and in the woods surrounding…
Luke Hyde is too young to remember Horace Kephart, but his parents and grandparents knew the great American outdoor writer…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 12:24

Sixty-one years young!

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Pilgrims from across the country and around the globe are on the move. They are headed to the Mecca of…
Ed Williams lugged a giant plastic bag teaming with silvery blue fish down a creek bank in Waynesville where they…
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 19:49

Got Mud?

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I wrote a few weeks back about my kayak adventure with my daughters to Sister Island (The Naturalist’s Corner Mar.…
To describe the new visitor center on the North Carolina side of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park as a…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:50

A perfect fit

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The planets must have been in alignment when Buddy Young, director of residential services at Lake Junaluska, and Candace Stimson,…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:47

Gearing up for spring

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Kathy Calabrese, who makes herbal-medicine products such as lip balms, sprays and salves using herbs she grows at her Whittier…
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 19:41

The Roosevelt-Ashe Conservation Awards

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Through some kind of mix up in the mail, I received a nomination from Wild South’s Roosevelt-Ashe Society for “Outstanding…
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 19:38

Festivals celebrate onset of AT hiking season

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Thru-hikers on the Appalachian Trail — those hearty souls who attempt the entire 2,170-mile trek from Georgia to Maine from…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 20:01

The devil is in the details – again

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The U.S. Forest Service will hold a public meeting at the North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville at 100 Frederick Law…
Wednesday, 16 March 2011 19:41

The Naturalist's Corner: Ridin’ the tide

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On a recent trip to Isle of Palms, South Carolina, we had access to a sea kayak and decided to…
Wednesday, 16 March 2011 19:37

Hemp house going up at Lake Junaluska

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If someone said the word “hemp,” the first thing to spring to mind probably wouldn’t be home construction. But if…
Wednesday, 09 March 2011 21:16

Only Catamounts left in WNC are at WCU

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Last week the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service tried to put the last nail in the coffin of the eastern…
Wednesday, 09 March 2011 21:13

Local mountain bikers join forces

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In Western North Carolina’s thriving outdoors community, mountain bikers have long been at the center of the action. But now,…
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 21:09

Life of Riley in Louisiana

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Different people have different ideas of camping. Some people like to carry their camp on their back as they hike…
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 21:06

Nantahala-Pisgah National Forest turns 100

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By Brent Martin • Guest Writer The Nantahala-Pisgah national forests celebrated their 100th birthday March 1.   Of course, the…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 21:02

Stalked by a not so wild elk

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An old friend from Mer Rouge, La., George Bowe, was passing through a couple of weeks ago so we decided…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 20:59

Trail running takes off

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Once upon a time and not particularly very long ago, trail running in Western North Carolina was a fringe sport…
Wednesday, 16 February 2011 20:55

The Naturalist's Corner: Time to shift gears

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Environmentalism across the U.S. and around the world was spawned from the sludge of greed, industrialization and indifference. Some of…
This little slice of Western North Carolina just landed the big one when it comes to competitive fly-fishing. The 2011…
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 21:02

The Naturalist's Corner: A bog of dreams

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The Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy (CMLC) and partners are literally moving the earth over in Flat Rock to help restore…
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 21:12

The Naturalist's Corner: Take this book outside

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Don’t put this book on your bookshelf, mounted there like some hunter’s head of a deer, to prove you can…
Wednesday, 26 January 2011 21:20

The Naturalist's Corner: Godzilla meets Barbi

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Pandemonium had engulfed Shoal Creek by the time authorities arrived. One fisherman sat, dazed, on a boulder, rocking back and…
Wednesday, 19 January 2011 20:01

The Naturalist's Corner: Triple play

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Crawl out of your igloo and take a look around. We had kind of assumed a “snow” mentality here at…
Wednesday, 19 January 2011 19:49

Logging for cash versus long-range forest health

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Logging in national forests might take on a radically different look in coming years. The forest service might be moving…
If there was any lingering doubt that the apocalypse was, indeed, scheduled for 2012, it has been erased. The totally…
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 13:26

WildSouth facilitates wildlife meeting

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The non-profit grassroots conservation organization WildSouth sponsored a meeting last week to discuss complaints and questions from the public regarding…
Wednesday, 05 January 2011 20:53

The Naturalist's Corner: A soggy record

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The twin banes of birding, wind and rain, combined to help set a new record low for the eighth annual…
Wednesday, 05 January 2011 20:50

The great white quiet

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Doug McFalls spent last winter as caretaker at LeConte Lodge in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The lodge is…
Correction: Last week’s story regarding the Balsam CBC stated that dinner after the count would be at the Sagebrush. Wrong!…
Wednesday, 29 December 2010 20:38

More Blue Ridge Parkway viewshed protected

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The Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy (SAHC) recently protected Blackrock Ridge in northern Jackson County, a striking and important component of…
Wednesday, 22 December 2010 20:49

The Naturalist's Corner: Invasion of the PUFIs

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Don’t worry, PUFIs won’t harm you. They won’t even take you up to the mothership to probe and prod you…
Wednesday, 22 December 2010 20:46

National Audubon’s 111th Christmas Bird Count

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Tis the season to be counting. The National Audubon Society’s century-old citizen-science prototype — the Christmas Bird Count (CBC) —…
I received an email last week from Ida Phillips, communications director for Audubon North Carolina, announcing that Lea Island, a…
Wednesday, 15 December 2010 21:23

Mixing business with birding

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A recent program brought together business owners and outdoor enthusiasts who shared a common desire — to promote birding while also…
Wednesday, 08 December 2010 21:05

The Naturalist's Corner: Goose dilemma

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A spin around Lake Junaluska the other day (12/2) turned up another unusual winter visitor plus highlighted the foibles and…
Wednesday, 08 December 2010 21:02

Cataloochee Ski Patrol: Keeping you safe on the slope

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The Cataloochee Ski Patrol began in 1961 as a group of friends who enjoyed skiing at the new Cataloochee Ski…
I mean, where would you hang a tire swing if there were no trees? How could you lay back and…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 21:09

Photography stands out among a mixed bag of interest

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Putting all of Ed Kelley’s interests in separate, tidy little boxes just doesn’t work. There’s no way to separate Ed…
Wednesday, 24 November 2010 20:03

Trying to preserve a national treasure

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The U.S. Forest Service spent the first two weeks of November felling approximately 150 dead and/or dying eastern hemlocks in…
The answer is, in the case of the federally endangered Carolina northern flying squirrel, a resounding yes. The North Carolina…
Wednesday, 17 November 2010 20:38

Redheads, rustys and hairys – oh dear

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A beautiful morning and Lake Junaluska was calling again. I approached the lake along Golf Course Road on the side…
Wednesday, 17 November 2010 20:34

White nose syndrome decimating bat populations

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It’s only a matter of time before the fungal infection white nose syndrome (WNS) appears in North Carolina, say wildlife…
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 21:05

The Naturalist's Corner

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East Fork Headwaters Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy is still hoping for a Christmas present from the North Carolina Wildlife Resources…
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 21:03

SCC offers new program in wilderness therapy

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Southwestern Community College has started a new degree program whose graduates will likely become the leaders in the growing field…