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When rain finally quelled the wildfires running rampant through the Southeastern U.S. last year, the public was breathing a collective sigh of relief while the scientific community spotted an opportunity. Fall 2016 was a wildfire event unlike anything seen in recent history — in the eastern part of the country, at least — and the blazes left behind a natural laboratory to study what happens on…
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 16:04

At home in the snow

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Muted under a blanket of fresh snow, the forests surrounding the Blue Ridge Parkway’s Western North Carolina stretch were quiet, white and cold Saturday morning, the sweeping path of the roadcut soft and unblemished as it wound thousands of feet above nearby Maggie Valley.
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 15:54

Rim Trail reopened following purchase

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A portion of the Rim Trail near Hayesville that’s been closed since 2010 has now reopened to the public.
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 15:53

New species found in Tennessee

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A new fish species has been discovered in the South, with Tennessee Valley Authority biologists identifying the logperch, or Percina apina, in Duck River tributary streams in middle Tennessee.
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 15:51

Endangered fish found in new territory

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A routine day of fish population monitoring turned exciting when Mainspring Conservation Trust biologists found a federally threatened fish in a tributary of the Little Tennessee River, the first time that species had been found in that particular stream.
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 15:49

Celebrate the holidays the old-fashioned way

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The Holiday Homecoming event, featuring traditional crafts, music and activities, will return Saturday, Dec. 16, at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 15:47

New district ranger hired for Appalachian District

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The Appalachian Ranger District of the Pisgah National Forest has a new district ranger following the hire of Richard Thornburgh, who will begin his new position Jan. 7.
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 15:54

Count the birds

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Birders across the globe are gearing up to celebrate the season with the 118th annual Christmas Bird Count, and the Smokies region is no exception.
Wednesday, 29 November 2017 15:55

Rehabilitation almost done at Clingmans Dome

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Clingmans Dome Tower reopened from a closure for rehabilitation work on Wednesday, Nov. 15, but access will be short-lived — the annual closure of Clingmans Dome Road will begin on Friday, Dec. 1, with reopening scheduled for April 1, 2018.
Wednesday, 08 November 2017 15:40

Magic at the arboretum

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A 40-minute car ride can be incredibly long for a 9-year-old kid, but as soon as we round the corner to the parking lot of the N.C. Arboretum, Emily is enchanted.