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The endangered Indiana bat saw a 9 percent population increase between 2005 and 2007, continuing a 12-year rise in bat…

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The public is two-and-a-half years late learning that a popular area for swimming, rafting and fishing in Jackson County isn’t…

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And I’m Loosiana bound — you do know it was named after Louis, not Louise?

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Unsafe levels of fecal coliform in the Tuckasegee River and two tributaries around Dillsboro have Jackson County public health officials…

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There are nine scenarios on the table in the debate over whether paddling should be allowed on the Upper Chattooga.…

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By Jim Janke • Special to the Smoky Mountain News Editor’s note: This is the first of what will become…

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Winter birding is often slow going. There is no chorus of rowdy and randy males singing lustily, and weather conditions…

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A long-awaited decision over paddling on the Upper Chattooga is expected within weeks by the National Forest Service.

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There she was when I got up around 6:30 this morning, the buttons from her blue jeans shining radiantly just…

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A driver on the Blue Ridge Parkway last November witnessed a group of hunters and their dogs corner a black…

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By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Not too long ago, the number of people who carried on the ancient Cherokee…

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A new hiking club has joined the ranks of an already burgeoning collection of trail trotters in WNC.

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It’s nine o’clock and my 6-year-old is snug in her bed and sound asleep even though she’s been told it…

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By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer The Southern Appalachian brook trout population is surviving through the drought that has been…

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Norm Christensen told the Waynesville Watershed Advisory Board (WAB), representatives from the town and a few interested onlookers that despite…

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Balsam Gap Segment This portion of the trail runs for approximately 35 miles from Blue Ridge Parkway (BRP) Balsam Gap…

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With a massive die-off of hemlock trees all but imminent in the mountains, Ranger Chris Ulrey is putting faith in…

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By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer The Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail hope its first-ever executive director will be able…

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By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer “Overall, it’s been a really tough year for farming,” said Jackson County farmer William…

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The Carolina Field Birders (CFB) conducted their sixth annual Christmas Bird Count this past Saturday (12/29.) The annual CBC count…

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A ridgeline tract adjacent to the Blue Ridge Parkway overlooking Waynesville has been saved from development, thanks to the acquisition…

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Citizens of Washington County, hundreds of thousands of migrating waterfowl and Navy pilots who would have been put in harm’s…

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There are two ways to hike to Pinnacle Peak, which is renowned for its 360-degree views from the Plott Balsams.

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By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer Sylva Town Board members are brainstorming for ways to manage Pinnacle Park, 1,100 acres…

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Looking for a Christmas present? Western North Carolina is home to many outdoors organizations, conservation groups, outing clubs, nature societies…

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I know, I know, it’s not Jan. 1 yet. But that’s just a date on a calendar. This year, Dec.…

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“ATBI identifies 5,000-plus species — 1/10/07 I have written several columns regarding this ambitious program to document all species within…

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By Jennifer Garlesky • Staff Writer Up in the mountains along Caney Fork Road in Jackson County lies an important…

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A group of eco-conscious citizens and Ingles grocery store in Bryson City teamed up last month to encourage shoppers to…

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Haywood County consistently has some of the best water quality in North Carolina, according to stream samples collected by volunteers…

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By Kathleen Lamont I loved Christmastime when I was growing up. I came from a blue-collar family where my father…

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As cool dark nights descend upon us to signal the onset of winter, the great horned owls have commenced their…

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By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Dogs are popular hiking companions on the trails of Western North Carolina. Now, Fido…

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It’s that time of year again when passing fronts will mean passing visitors at Lake Junaluska. Waterfowl were riding the…

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Friends of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park appear to have hit a home run with a new license plate…

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Common redpolls have been reported in Chatham County and evening grosbeaks in Catawba County here in North Carolina. Bohemian waxwings…

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Alaskan shooters are poised to take to the skies again this year to slaughter as many wolves as possible. This…

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By Brent Martin • Contributing Writer I recently met with Merritt Fouts, a multi-generational resident of Macon County, to talk…

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By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Snow is once again blowing at the Cataloochee Ski Area in Maggie Valley, marking…

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It’s a little unsettling to hear your kindergartner’s voice when you answer the phone at midday. But I could tell…

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By Kathleen Lamont This month’s column was a tossup. I was encouraged by a recent article on the Haywood County…

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By Jennifer Garlesky •Staff Writer The raging Class II rapids of the Cacapon River, which flows along the eastern panhandle…

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OK, now that I’ve got your attention — there has been a recent flurry of hyperbole, rhetoric and misinformation regarding…

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It’s Halloween and goblins, ghouls, witches and vampires are wreaking havoc — and that’s before they get all that sugar…

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In his younger, more naïve hiking days, Joel Zachary found himself watching in slow motion as a bear charged toward…

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Sometimes Bill Stiver, a wildlife biologist in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, feels more like a social scientist than…

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The Land Trust for the Little Tennessee has taken the protection of the historic landscape one step further with the…

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I’m so dizzy I tripped over the equinox and fell backwards away from the sun, and now I’m spinning so…

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NBC News did a segment of their “Fleecing of America” on the $27.8 million proposed by the recovery plan, which…

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