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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,…

Media

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, 27 January 2016 16:54

Gallery: A winter wonderland

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When I transplanted myself from Wyoming to North Carolina, I assumed that part of the deal would be relinquishing access…
Wednesday, 27 January 2016 16:51

Reflections on walking the Camino Primitivo

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An avid local hiker will share the story of her pilgrimage along the 208-mile Camino Primitivo in Spain at 7…
Wednesday, 20 January 2016 17:14

Power plant plans to be discussed at public hearing

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A public hearing on Duke Energy’s plan to build two new power plants to replace its soon-to-retire Asheville coal plant…
Wednesday, 13 January 2016 16:47

Ban on poultry shows and sales lifted

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A state ban on poultry sales and shows in place since August was lifted a week earlier than anticipated, as…
Wednesday, 13 January 2016 16:47

Dairy farmers to vote on mandatory sales contribution

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Haywood County dairy farmers may soon be required to give a portion of their proceeds for dairy-related education, research and…
Wednesday, 13 January 2016 16:46

LTLT name change becomes official

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The Land Trust for the Little Tennessee started off the new year with a new name, officially launching its new…
Wednesday, 13 January 2016 16:35

Work beginning on access trails along the Chattooga

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Work has started on new trails and signs along the Chattooga River aimed at improving access for paddlers.
Wednesday, 13 January 2016 16:33

Learn to use a stand up paddleboard

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People wanting to get in on the stand up paddleboard craze will have a chance to learn the basics at…
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 15:55

New Mountains-to-Sea guide available

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A new trail guide covering the Balsams section of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail is out, meaning that the trail’s route through…
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 15:54

Program to prepare preschoolers for sports leagues

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A sports development league aiming to teach preschoolers the skills they’ll need to succeed in the world of athletics is…
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 15:53

Emissions from new vehicles decreasing, report says

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Vehicles are getting greener, according to a pair of reports recently released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  In model…
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 15:51

Plateau land trust conserves record number of acres

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With more than 400 acres of land conserved through purchase and conservation easements in 2015, the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust is…
Wednesday, 30 December 2015 17:15

New maps out for DuPont Forest

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People wanting to explore DuPont State Forest now have three new tools at their disposal to navigate through the forest’s…
Wednesday, 30 December 2015 16:44

DOT looking for N.C.’s best trails

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A new map to feature North Carolina’s most loved trails is now in the development stage, and the N.C. Department…
Wednesday, 30 December 2015 16:33

Funds for open spaces cut by half

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A federal fund that supports parks and open spaces across the nation has been spared, but was reduced to half…
Wednesday, 30 December 2015 16:30

N.C. national forests get new supervisor

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North Carolina has a new U.S. Forest Service forest supervisor in Allen Nicholas, who currently works as forest supervisor for…
Wednesday, 30 December 2015 16:29

Smokies plates raise $800K in 2015

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Sales of license plates supporting the Friends of the Smokies were strong in 2015, with sales in North Carolina and…
Wednesday, 30 December 2015 16:27

Appalachian Trail use breaks records in 2015

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The number of Appalachian Trail hikers passing through the trail’s “psychological midpoint” in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, hit an all-time…
Wednesday, 30 December 2015 15:09

Farmland conservation preserves views, lifeways in Madison

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A new conservation agreement on a 318-acre farm in Madison County through the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy will help the…
Wednesday, 23 December 2015 15:12

WNC health planning gets recognition

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A project aiming to help Western North Carolina communities consider health needs when doing long-term planning revealed that issues such…
Wednesday, 23 December 2015 15:11

Wildlife officer connects kids and vets to the outdoors

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A Macon County man was presented the 2015 Governor’s Award for Excellence, the highest honor a state employee can receive,…
Wednesday, 23 December 2015 15:10

New acreage added to Pisgah National Forest

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The Pisgah National Forest will see the addition of 178 acres in the Mills River area of Henderson County thanks…
Wednesday, 16 December 2015 17:16

Tobacco growers OK required contribution for tobacco research

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A referendum vote asking whether tobacco growers wanted to keep giving a portion of their sales to tobacco research and…
Wednesday, 16 December 2015 17:13

Step into the robot zoo

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An exhibit using mechanics to show how real animals work is open through Jan. 3 at the N.C. Arboretum in…
Wednesday, 16 December 2015 17:12

Appalachian Farm School returns

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The Appalachian Farm School at Southwestern Community College will return for a second year starting Jan. 12, thanks to a…
Wednesday, 16 December 2015 17:10

Groups agree on recommendation for forest plan

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A collection of environmental and recreation-oriented groups has come out with a recommendation for two new recreations areas to be…
Wednesday, 16 December 2015 17:07

State emissions control plan out for comment

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A state plan to comply with federal rules for controlling carbon emissions is now out for public comment, but the…
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 16:47

WCU shoreline study program lands grant

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A $483,000 National Park Service grant will allow Western Carolina University to map shoreline storm vulnerability in 12 costal parks…
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 16:47

Possible timber thinning project takes comment

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The U.S. Forest Service is considering a timber project on 117 acres of the Nantahala Ranger District of the Nantahala…
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 16:46

Fire ant quarantine expands to Macon and Graham counties

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A state quarantine to prevent the spread of the imported fire ant has expanded to include Macon and Graham counties,…
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 16:46

Restrictions in place for Staire Creek Trail

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Equestrians and bikers who enjoy the Staire Creek Trail in the Big Ivy Area of the Pisgah National Forest will…
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 16:43

Haywood stream cleanup logs big numbers

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Nearly two tons of trash were removed from Haywood County waterways this year thanks to Haywood Waterways Association’s Adopt-A-Stream Program. 
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 16:42

Great Smoky Mountains Association names new director

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The Great Smoky Mountains Association, a nonprofit that provides millions for visitor programs, conservation and special projects in the Great…
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 16:34

Solar farm comes to Bethel

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The agricultural community of Bethel now has a new type of farm in its midst — solar.  Visible from U.S.…
Wednesday, 02 December 2015 16:53

NC leaders balk at federal carbon control plan

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North Carolina has issued a draft plan to comply with federal carbon-control rules, but the plan falls short of federal…