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If you’d polled Kimberley Brookshire’s friends a couple years ago, they’d likely have said the chances were slim to none…

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In the land of the noonday sun, there lives a noonday snail. The noonday globe snail, Petera clarkia Nantahala is…

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Did the fires hurt wildlife?  Prescribed burning is often used as a tool to benefit wildlife by regenerating their habitat,…

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It’s a warmer-than-average January day, the contours of the mountains visible from the highway beneath a thin covering of leafless…

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Land conservation groups across the region found something to celebrate this month when the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced an…

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The 2011 movie “The Big Year” — a comedy starring Jack Black, Steve Martin and Owen Wilson — didn’t ruffle…

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It was around 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5, when the two hikers stepped out of their red Ford Edge and…

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Editor’s note: This column first appeared in The Smoky Mountain News in January 2011. Are there boardinghouses still operating here…

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Just north of Cullowhee, at the curvy, gravel terminus of Cane Creek Road, sits the building containing the world’s largest…

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January is universally recognized as the time to make a fresh start, throw away last year’s used-up calendar and dream…

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Judy Seago almost left the United States without packing a stethoscope.  Seago, a pediatrician, was headed to Nepal on a…

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Dowdy Bradley is 68 years old, and for nearly all of those years he’s been involved in some kind of…

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This year will mark the 117th annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC.) The CBC is the longest-lived and largest citizen-science…

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Over the course of thousands of years lived in the Southern Appalachian mountains, the Cherokee people had pretty well developed…

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It’s a miraculously warm, blue-skied November day, the iconic Alum Cave Trail stretching smoothly from the trailhead.  The trail invites,…

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It’s been about a month since my family and I enjoyed our assault on Whitetop. OK, so in reality, it’s…

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Armed with five-gallon buckets and a groundswell of energy, 14 teens from Balsam-based SOAR Camp descended on Eugene Christopher’s Waynesville…

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It’s a sunny day at Haywood Community College, light sparkling from the campus’s landmark mill pond and shining through the…

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The lake sturgeon, Acipenser fulvescens, once ranged across North America from the Great Lakes and Hudson Bay drainages down the…

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Some things change, and some things stay the same.  Thousands of years ago, humans developed visual and spoken languages to…

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Nantahala District Ranger Mike Wilkins was headed to church Sunday morning, Oct. 23, when he got the call. A forest…

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Western North Carolina is rife with trails and maps to facilitate exploration of the mountain landscape, but an effort is…

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Well it seems there was one and I’m sure it could have been my fault. Smoky Mountain News reporter Holly…

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The sun had barely risen over the Pisgah Ridge, but the Blue Ridge Parkway’s Devils Courthouse pull-off was teeming — mainly…

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When you’re out chasing fall migrants and you either have a good internal compass or you’re somewhere it’s pretty easy…

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Congressman Mark Meadows (R-Cashiers) and a room of 30 wilderness supporters spent two hours discussing everything from ecology to U.S.…

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A cadre of curious animals gathers at the gate as Joe Moore, owner of Indian Springs Farms in Bethel, approaches…

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Big and wild can’t be big and wild if your mind and heart are small.  A “real” public meeting —…

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Area residents who avail themselves of Waynesville’s recreational facilities and programs have a chance to shape their respective futures —…

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Much of America spent Aug. 5-21 with eyes glued to a television, cheering on athletes from all corners of the…

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It was nighttime in the White Mountains, and Steve Claxton was pretty sure he wouldn’t make it till morning. Rain…

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When I checked my email Friday morning (9/9), I had a message from Chris Kelly, mountain wildlife diversity biologist with…

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High in the Plott Balsams, there’s a swath of property riddled with panoramic views, sparking waterfalls and high-elevation solitude that…

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From what I gather from Facebook and overhear in the checkout line, the view I encounter every morning on my…

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It’s not unusual for Waterrock Knob, which boasts some of the best views on the Blue Ridge Parkway, to see…

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As manager of Waynesville’s urban forest, it’s safe to say that Jonathan Yates likes trees. So when Diane Kornse of…

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The red-cockaded woodpecker (RCWO) is a small – cardinal-sized – woodpecker native to eastern pine forests. It once ranged from…

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The cadre of groups helping the U.S. Forest Service work toward a new management plan for the Pisgah-Nantahala National Forest…

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For the past decade, Sylva’s Pinnacle Park has had Sae Smyrl envisioning a lofty future for the hiking area. A…

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A new whole-genome (the entire genetic makeup) study published in Science Advances on July 27 is giving the already muddied…

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The air on the Cataloochee Divide Trail is heavy with humidity and the promise of an afternoon storm, but the…

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Cloud cover keeps the summer morning cool as Mark Hopey makes the rounds below Cowee Mound. By 8:30 a.m., he…

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Round tables and large, neon sticky notes characterized last week’s kickoff of a planning process to cut timber and create…

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Give a Loosiana boy a reason to don his hip boots and strap on a headlight and you’ve got a…

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By Jamie Arnold • Contributing writer It’s a 95-degree Sunday afternoon. Most folks are at the lake, or lounging on the…

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Weightless for two seconds is not a moonwalk but at the top of the Space Shot at Huntsville, Alabama’s (Rocket…

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A growing collection of roadside signs has been popping up along rural drives and main thoroughfares in Western North Carolina…

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Rods, reels, and wader-clad teenagers dotted Big East Fork’s meander to Lake Logan through the warm summer mornings last week,…

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The wilderness is where one can find peace and clarity while also finding inner strength and determination.  That is the…

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