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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…
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

Aster-risk*

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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,…

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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, 20 April 2016 14:35

State looks to combat aquatic invasives

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With nuisance species steadily invading North Carolina waters, state officials have approved a plan designed to curb their onward march. 
Wednesday, 20 April 2016 14:25

Clean the Tuck

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Western Carolina University students show off the bags that they will soon fill with trash from the Tuckaseigee River during…
Wednesday, 20 April 2016 14:24

The Eagle Lady says goodbye to N.C.

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After more than 20 years in the Carolina mountains, The Eagle Lady — also known as Doris Mager — is…
Wednesday, 20 April 2016 14:21

Overnight on the Appalachian Trail

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To get a taste of trail life on the A.T., I set out on Friday afternoon with a pack, a…
Wednesday, 13 April 2016 14:56

Hike week returns to Fontana Village

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A week of guided hikes and educational programs will celebrate all that’s great about hiking with Spring Hike Week April…
Wednesday, 13 April 2016 14:55

Shoot the Smokies

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A crash course in outdoor photography will give shutterbugs an excuse to explore the Smokies’ beauty in a four-week program…
Wednesday, 13 April 2016 14:52

Synchronous firefly viewing goes to lottery system

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Those wanting to get a peek at the famous synchronous fireflies in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will have…
Wednesday, 06 April 2016 14:56

A day in the life of a mountain bike guidebook author

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By Jim Parham • Contributing writer People have all kinds of preconceived notions of what it’s like to write a trail…
Wednesday, 06 April 2016 14:53

Long live the hard copy trail guide

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Google the name of almost any trailhead in Western North Carolina, and you’re likely to come up with pages of…
Wednesday, 06 April 2016 14:35

Buggy photography to be illuminated

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Bug-loving photographers will get the inside scoop on photographing insects through a presentation from Kefyn Catley, a biology professor at…
Wednesday, 06 April 2016 14:34

WNC land trusts surpass conservation goal

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In the past five years, the 10 land trusts of Western North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Forever coalition have collectively completed…
Wednesday, 30 March 2016 16:06

Celebrate the A.T. season

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Every year, trail towns and businesses in Western North Carolina anticipate the influx of Appalachian Trail thru-hikers that stream through…
Wednesday, 30 March 2016 15:33

Spring openings in the Smokies

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Spring is here, and facilities closed for the winter are opening up accordingly in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. …
Wednesday, 30 March 2016 15:28

Commission wants to lift bear baiting restriction

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A proposed rule change allowing hunters to bait black bears with unprocessed food throughout the entire hunting season will be…
Wednesday, 30 March 2016 15:27

Snowmaking crew makes the top cut

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Cataloochee Ski Area is a finalist for the I AM a Snowmaker Award, given annually by SAM Magazine and HKD…
Wednesday, 30 March 2016 15:23

Take your pick of ranger programs

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Spring ranger programs have begun in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, giving visitors a chance to explore the Smokies…
Wednesday, 30 March 2016 15:21

Lace it up

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A slate of challenging long-distance races will be coming to the Smokies this spring, meaning it’s time to get back…