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When Steve Woody and Barney Coulter got a mysterious call from Smokies Superintendent Randall Pope in the early 1990s asking…

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By Jim Janke The purpose of Master Gardener programs is to increase the knowledge of horticulture among home gardeners. Master…

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What’s that buzzin? “Daddy, daddy, there’s a yellowjacket in the bedroom!” cried Izzy. And somehow, the dusty old synapses fired…

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Innovative techniques for dispersing runoff and protecting neighboring streams will be highlighted during a program at 6:30 p.m. Monday, May…

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Whether it’s for fitness, for fun or to save the planet, there’s plenty of reasons to bike to work. There’s…

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By Julia Merchant • Staff writer One day last October, Bud Dills, a longtime Nantahala Gorge resident, headed down to…

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A decade of Birding for the Arts This past Saturday morning (May 2) more than 20 arts patrons and bird…

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More than 200 state and local dignitaries gathered for a ceremony atop Clingmans Dome in the Great Smoky Mountains National…

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In response to a growing concern about a new malady that has killed an estimated 400,000 bats north of here…

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Hats off to Avram and the activist spirit Avram Friedman, executive director of the Canary Coalition, is not afraid to…

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Depending on how you slice it, the 75th anniversary of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park could be celebrated on…

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A Haywood Community College wildlife student brought home a second-place finish in the STIHL Timbersports Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Challenge this month.…

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A picture is worth a thousand words When the 1968 Apollo astronauts rounded the moon for the first time the…

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By Josh Mitchell • Staff Writer The bad economy may be good for business along the Appalachian Trail. The AT…

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Avram Friedman, leader of the Sylva-based air quality group the Canary Coalition, was arrested during a protest march in Charlotte…

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By Jim Janke When is it safe to plant tender annuals and vegetables in Haywood County? The standard answer we…

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When most business owners cast their eyes about the office — noting the reams of white paper spilling off the…

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In response to a growing concern about a new malady that has killed an estimated 400,000 bats north of here…

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Canaries in the coalmine As I passed the kitchen windows last Friday (4/10), a brilliant red streak caught my eye.…

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Between blue skies and blue water, the inaugural Lake Junaluska Duathlon won over dozens of runners and bikers this weekend.…

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John and Jane Young of Haywood County have been recognized by the North Carolina Forest Stewardship Program for their commitment…

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Watershed dreaming Last Saturday (April 4) was another sojourn into the town of Waynesville’s 8,500-acre plus watershed. The town initiated…

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Caving moratorium sought Three weeks ago (Naturalist’s Corner 3/11) I wrote about a mysterious malady dubbed White Nose Syndrome (WNS)…

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Barrels of mussels being bred at the state’s fish hatcheries are awaiting release into the region’s rivers, helping to restore…

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By Jim Janke We moved here from Chicago, where there are only two seasons: winter and road-under-construction.* By comparison, the…

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After decades of paper mill pollution, the Pigeon River is coming back to life — literally. Aquatic biologists embarked on…

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The ban on guns in national parks will continue to remain in place for the time being, despite a move…

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By Izzy Hendershot (age 7) • Notes in italics by Dad We hopped in the car and started off. The…

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Preserving Cherokee heritage goes beyond baskets, blow guns and pow-wows to the very foods and crops once grown and savored…

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By Danny Bernstein For the past year, I’ve kept a trail map of the Smokies and the trusted manual Hiking…

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By Jim Janke Sweet Basil (Ocimum basilicum) is an incredible herb. Essential for tomato sauces, basil has plenty of other…

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The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is a citizen-science venture conducted under the auspices of Cornell Lab of Ornithology and…

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Following a prolonged debate, the national forest service wants to close a system of four-wheel drive trails in the Tellico…

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A mysterious malady is decimating bat populations across the Northeast and spreading south. The malady, called white-nose syndrome (WNS) because…

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Two electric vehicles will soon be tooling around the town of Dillsboro thanks to a state grant aimed at reducing…

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By Jim Janke The last frost date is many weeks away, but everyone is anxious to get vegetable seeds and…

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Wildlife biologists are asking rock climbers to avoid known nesting habitats of the peregrine falcon as breeding and nesting season…

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Peregrine pads protected Rock climbing trails across the Carolina mountains near known peregrine falcon nest sites have once again been…

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A design has been finalized for a new $3 million visitor center at the North Carolina entrance to the Great…

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The economy and high gas prices last summer led to slightly fewer visitors in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park…

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One thing became clear during my little bird feeding experiment. If you’re looking for one birdseed that will attract just…

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Tobacco is no longer the cash crop it once was in North Carolina, but its partner in crime — hops…

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The results are in and the fourth annual Hendershot Birdapalooza at Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Monroe, Louisiana…

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By Sandi Simons-Crawford Asparagus (Asparagus officinalis) is one of very few perennial vegetables. A properly managed bed will produce for…

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Environmental groups in Macon County are joining forces to tackle the scourge of exotic plants along the Little Tennessee Greenway…

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Jerry Span stared down the sign post for Old Settlers Trail. The temperature registered a mere 6 degrees, and the…

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Standing next to a display that showed pictures of West Virginia mountains scarred by mountaintop removal coal mining, Austin Hall…

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Western Carolina University is leading the way in a state mandate to cut energy production on college campuses. WCU has…

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The mountain section of the North Carolina Birding Trail (NCBT) is complete and the Mountain Region Trail Guide, describing, with…

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