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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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When George Ivey broached the idea of a new specialty license plate design for Friends of the Smokies, feedback on…

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Micah McClure, a graphic designer in Waynesville, faced a daunting task when asked to redesign the Friends of the Smokies…

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This past summer I stopped feeding birds, except for the hummers. The squirrels had become too brazen and were chewing…

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By Michael Beadle If you’re a mountain biker looking for a challenging course that’s as cold as it is fun,…

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Drivers with Appalachian Trail license plates raised $55,000 last year to support the Appalachian Trail Conservancy in North Carolina.

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This week’s column is a follow-up to last week’s piece about urban archery seasons and deer/human conflicts within municipalities. Most…

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By Michael Beadle For the longest time, forest fires were viewed as hazardous events to avoid at all costs. Remember…

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The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission has decided that creating an urban bowhunting season would be a wonderful resource municipalities…

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Canary Coalition, a regional air quality advocacy group based in Sylva, recently reached the 1,000 mark in members, showing a…

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The All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory, an ambitious project to identify every organism in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, is…

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Paddlers floated down the Chattooga River outside Cashiers last weekend for the first time in 30 years since the U.S.…

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The fifth annual Balsam Christmas Bird Count was conducted last Saturday, Dec. 30. The 15-mile diameter circle, which covers a…

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By Michael Beadle Wintertime may not offer the best opportunities for fly-fishing, but that doesn’t mean fly fishers aren’t busy.

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By Kathleen Lamont The tradition of New Year’s Resolutions can be accurately traced to 153 B.C., although it could go…

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The Smoky Mountain News Outdoors section has printed scores of news about the environment, adventure sports and outdoor activities in…

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The only New Year’s resolution that I know I have kept came after a particularly devastating New Year’s morning back…

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The sickle-fin redhorse, a new species of fish recently discovered that dwells in only a handful of rivers in WNC,…

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By Rachel Tomlinson With the winter season in full swing, dressing appropriately to prevent cold injuries is often overlooked, especially…

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A statewide survey to gauge support for making hunting on Sundays legal revealed some interesting side statistics on outdoor recreation.

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By Michael Beadle Just because the temperatures drop and days grow shorter doesn’t mean you have to give up your…

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Many hunters in Western North Carolina are hoping that an 1869 law banning hunting on Sunday might finally be lifted.

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Dwayne Martin loves birds, loves learning about birds and loves educating about birds.

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Landowners in Jackson County are in the process of protecting 154 acres on Cowee Mountain from future development by placing…

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A private research and public opinion firm was hired by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission to measure public sentiment…

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By Michael Beadle Kathy Boydston was never one to sit quietly in retirement. A veteran elementary school teacher, world traveler,…

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It’s highly possible that you have been daydreaming about a less stressful holiday season, and it includes those memories of…

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It’s time once again for the Granddaddy of bird counts. Audubon’s 107th annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC) takes place between…

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A new initiative is now underway to encourage landowners to keep the Upper Pigeon River Valley in the Bethel community…

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The shorter days and cooling temperatures of September and October were an important time of the year for the elk…

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For a bunch of “little ole ladies in tennis shoes,” birders are a hardy lot. Gone is the green of…

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By Michael Beadle Cataloochee Ski Area, North Carolina’s oldest ski slope, can now boast the longest running ski season in…

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When I was a full-time staff writer at the Smoky Mountain News, I spent a lot of time covering the…

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By Michael Beadle North Carolina’s population is expected to rise by nearly 3 million people in the next two decades.…

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Environmental activists across the country are heralding the Democratic sweep of Congress as a mandate for better stewardship of natural…

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“Dance with the one that brung ‘ya” is an old Texas mantra, and Texas oilman George W. Bush has filled…

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Once again,science and scientists go head to head with the forces of nature to see who can best predict the…

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When Al Smith arrived at the backcountry campsite in the Lake Fontana area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park…

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The non-profit Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation recently awarded a $98,000 grant for rangers to conduct educational outreach programs for students…

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Cowee Mound, a 71-acre site in Macon County and once a major Cherokee village, will be preserved thanks to a…

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Green Salamander — Although listed by the state as endangered and recognized as a species of concern by the U.S.…

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By Kathleen Lamont Have you heard? The recent marriage of sustainable food production and big business is on the rocks.

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When my wife came home the other evening, she asked if I had heard about the toad-sucking dog on NPR.

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