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It’s been nearly 20 years since Burt Kornegay first started looking into land along Hickory Knoll Road in Macon County,…

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The plans are set: Waynesville’s getting invaded this fall, and the army will be 1,000 strong.  Semi trucks will haul…

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Sipping hot tea while swaddled beside a propane heater, warmth beaming as wind whips snowflakes around the mountaintop outside. A…

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There is one winter visitor to our North Carolina Mountains that is probably happy the Blue Ridge Parkway is closed…

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History will no doubt remember Paul Carlson as one of the great visionaries of our time in Western North Carolina.…

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I had originally intended to spend today (Monday, Feb. 16) doing a couple of short surveys for the annual Great…

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Stepping into Kirk Wall’s custom-carpentered, immaculately decorated mountaintop home, I couldn’t help but wonder if I’d knocked on the wrong…

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Pushing through 2.4 miles of swimming, 112 of biking and 26.2 of running, it was all Jennifer Jacobson could do…

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The Haywood County Board of Commissioners decided that today (Feb. 2) was the day they would boldly venture into the…

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Though a mixture of rain and ice pelted the windshield as I headed toward the Balsam Gap access of the…

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It’s shaping up to be an exciting year for water-lovers in Western North Carolina. After more than a decade of…

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The best way I know of to get a rare bird to fly the coop is to write about it.…

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Scott McCleskey didn’t really know what he was saying yes to when he boarded the plane to Alaska, pack of…

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Kadie Anderson was packing up camp after a night in the backcountry with her two Australian shepherds when the peace…

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I had the pleasure of participating in two Christmas Bird Counts (CBCs) this past weekend. The first was the Balsam…

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Rain was beginning to set in on a fog-ridden day on the slopes when Annie Dephouse gave her 5-year-old charge,…

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When Jim Brendle put together the first Smoky Mountain Relay in 2009, it was a pretty small affair. With only…

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It seems like the golden-winged warbler (GWWA) has become the non-game poster bird for everything from clearcuts to shelterwood cuts…

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It was still a couple weeks till Christmas, but Santa Claus already had his boots shined and suit cleaned in…

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Hiking the Appalachian Trail had been in the back of Andy Smith’s mind for a while, ever since a coworker…

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There’s plenty of tradition and symbolism that goes along with the holiday season, but for birders no tradition is more…

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Yogi Berra said it best — “It’s like déjà vu all over again.” When I read Holly Kays’ Nov. 12…

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The sicklefin redhorse is a sneaky kind of fish. It wasn’t discovered as a species until 1992, and even with…

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I was fortunate to be able to spend a few hours last Saturday morning (Nov. 23) with members of the…

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Things have gone well for the Smokies elk, and they’ve risen from reintroduction experiment to established population. But meanwhile, they’ve…

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Word on the river is that more and more people are getting into fly fishing, spurring a push for fly-focused…

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The full Hunter’s Moon is waning and the night sky will be revealing more of her secrets till we spin…

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Brian Railsback learned a valuable lesson when he missed a September meeting of the Western Carolina University Honors College Student…

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This region has been furnishing the eastern United States with quantities of various evergreen materials (trees, running ground cedar, mistletoe,…

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When the North Carolina Audubon Society announced its campaign to install 10,000 small-holed bird boxes to bolster the population of…

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Monarch butterflies, like orange autumn leaves filling the skies, have been winging it to Mexico for the last month or…

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At 7:30 a.m., darkness is just barely beginning to lift from the pre-dawn fields and forest of Cataloochee Valley. Joe…

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Ken Czarnomski has always loved sketching and writing, but as a department chair for the sustainability and construction management programs…

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Color is starting to spill down the mountainsides once again. I recently received an email from a reader asking about…

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A lot of people familiar with Great Smoky Mountains National Park got a surprise earlier this month when an article…

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After landing back in the Eastern Time Zone, Jessica Metz had a hard time keeping her thoughts still. Eight days…

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I’ve been on the Blue Ridge Parkway the last couple of weekends and have made it a point to stop…

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Orange chaps clipped around their legs, Rankin Fender and Zac O’Connor square off inside the sawdust-and-bark-filled woodshed at Haywood Community…

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“I’m gonna mark the spot with an X, right here,” says Tim Petrea, program supervisor for the Waynesville Parks and…

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Downtown Cullowhee doesn’t look much like the thriving little town Rick Bennett found when he first moved to Jackson County…

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At last! I finally had a birding outing planned last Saturday – the first one since April when I helped…

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Bryson City will soon have another feather in the cap proving its worth as an outdoors Mecca. If all goes…

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“As I traveled on, the air was literally filled with pigeons. The light of noon-day was obscured as by an…

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Tucked away along a squirrely offshoot of Jonathan Creek Road, Dennis “Bear” Forsythe’s 15-by-15-foot greenhouse is like his own private…

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Despite warnings of thunderstorms earlier in the week, Aug. 22 came with a blue sky and a light breeze, temperatures…

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The Lake Junaluska Girls Junior Golf Association enjoyed a special play day and celebration Saturday, Aug. 9. LJGJGA members and…

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Under a clear sky and afternoon sun, the winding road through Cherokee and out past Birdtown is a beautiful one.…

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When Franklin RiverFest’s Anything That Floats Raft Regatta kicks off Aug. 23, Warren Cabe hopes to see the Franklin Fire…

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As the USDA Forest Service’s revision plan for the Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests continues to be discussed — the…

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