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Motorists sporting Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park license plates have helped the organization top the $1 million fund-raising…

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Frost warnings and advisories across the Blue Ridge tonight (May 18) officially announce this year’s “blackberry winter.” It is coming…

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Who is he: Tobias Miller, who lives near Sylva, was honored this month as the 2006 employee of the year…

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May 5 was a soggy morning. At 7:30 a.m. a light drizzle had engulfed Lake Junaluska. We sat in our…

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Danny Bernstein still remembers her first tough hike — a three-day journey in 1969 up Mount Marcy, the highest peak…

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One hundred and twenty people or so took advantage of Waynesville’s first Watershed Appreciation Month to see and learn more…

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Roughly 45 percent of people (more than 2.9 million) in North Carolina lives in an area with unhealthful short-term levels…

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The Wilderness Society has signaled a strong interest in the future of the Pisgah and Nantahala national forests with the…

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By Kathleen Lamont It was Saturday, March 24, and I was walking through the Greenlife Grocery parking lot in Asheville…

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In late March there was a lot of talk on the Carolina birders’ listserv about early migration as Neotropical migrants…

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Botanists are cheering the recent acquisition of a 38-acre tract that’s home to a mountain bog near Cashiers thanks to…

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When Gary Wein came on board as the executive director of the Highlands Cashiers Land Trust a year ago, he…

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By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Cameron Farlow, an intern at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s Oconaluftee Visitors Center,…

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The Navy has decided that a site in Washington and Beaufort counties in eastern North Carolina, about three to five…

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By Michael Beadle Jay Blackburn never figured he’d be competing against the best axe-chopping, saw-cutting athletes in the country when…

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Walking into the new nature center at the Balsam Mountain Preserve in Jackson County is like walking into a replica…

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You have to admire the tenacity of America’s armed forces. We can all take pride in the heroism, courage and…

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For years, Jack Lansford and his mountain biking buddies in Franklin would have to load up their bikes and hit…

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A federal judge in San Francisco told the Bush administration on March 30 that it didn’t have the right to…

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By Michael Beadle Jon Brown and Scott Cochran want to help a small town in Bosnia and Herzegovina rebuild after…

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Swain County native Heath Shuler is doing his home county a favor by putting together a powerful congressional coalition to…

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Rep. Heath Shuler, D-Waynesville “As a Swain County native, I have a deep, personal understanding of the issues and emotions…

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Those opposed to building a $600 million, 30-mile road through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park got welcome news last…

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A new lab has opened at the University of Georgia to raise predator beetles aimed at countering the deadly hemlock…

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By Kathleen Lamont I’ve got two cents to add to the honeybee dilemma. There are approximately 20,000 species of bees…

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First let me get this disclaimer out of the way. I am thrilled to hear that Congressman Heath Shuler has…

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George Ellison talked about the harbingers of spring in his Feb. 28 column in The Smoky Mountain News. Well those…

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By Joe Yarkovich Spring is upon us and with the days beginning to lengthen, signs of the season can be…

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Twelve of the world’s foremost salamander authorities converged on Balsam Mountain Preserve Sunday March 11 for an informal survey. The…

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Chris Kelly didn’t seem fazed by the frigid February temperatures as she rock-hopped an icy stream and plunged down a…

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Chris North might not wile away his work week scaling trees in search of endangered Carolina Northern Flying Squirrels, but…

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Did you ever wonder why this big, furry, long-eared mammal was hoping around with eggs in its basket?

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By Michael Beadle Running can be a lonely sport. It’s hard finding someone who has a similar pace, someone who…

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By Kathleen Lamont   There are lots of examples today of what a few determined and focused people can do.…

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It’s March 1, the night is black and soggy. It’s around 50 degrees and “pourin the rain” as natives say.

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By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer A forest fire burned nearly 40 acres in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park…

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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park conducted a prescribed burn on a 530-acre tract of forest in the Cataloochee Valley…

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By Michael Beadle Paul Carlson has plenty of maps to show you. There are maps with stars. Color-coded maps of…

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I guess the real Bayou Noire would be in Houma or Sulphur or somewhere else across Acadiana, where the slow…

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A cattle farm in Cherokee County known as Ridgefield Farm has been preserved for future generations thanks to a conservation…

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About two dozen diesel vehicles used by the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on the North Carolina side of the…

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Landmark Learning, a Cullowhee-based wilderness training center for the outdoor industry, has forged a new partnership with the National Outdoor…

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The Western Carolina Forest Sustainability Initiative (WCFSI) under the direction of Pete Bates, associate professor of Natural Resources Management at…

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American Whitewater has withdrawn its lawsuit challenging a paddling ban on the upper Chattooga River outside Cashiers.

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Now here’s a way to bird from your kitchen table, in your pajamas and slippers, with a steaming hot cup…

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George Ivey, a well-known leader in conservation efforts in Haywood County, received the Pigeon River Award for 2006 from Haywood…

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By Michael Beadle The cost of college can get pretty expensive, especially when it comes to paying the monthly electric…

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By Kathleen Lamont In the late 1970’s, Dr. Robert Atkins had a clinic in Santa Monica, Calif., where people went…

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In 1885 Jerome B. Freeman built a stairway to the top of a 535-million-year-old granite monolith overlooking Hickory Nut Gorge.

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