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Coming to Cullowhee soon: four days of total immersion in everything trail. Camaraderie with fellow trail enthusiasts and taking in…

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And ye elf and sprite lovers and lovers of the Bard whose words have seeped so deeply into the fabric…

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For day hikers who want to take the next step or for a seasoned backpackers who can’t find the time…

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You’ve got your chain well-oiled, air in your tires and water in your bottles. You are all set for a…

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I’ve written about these small nocturnal hang gliders before, but I posted a pic of a group from my home,…

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The folks in the mountains of Western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee share more than a common boundary, they share…

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With each passing day, the first-person accounts of what life was like in the Smokies before Google, iTunes or even…

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Conscientious, detailed vacation planning; anticipating the “what ifs” and having contingency plans; route planning and hashing out all the logistics…

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A mountainside in Macon County once destined for a housing development is now destined to be a community forest area…

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As we turn to bask in the full glow of the summer sun, mornings begin to heat up quickly. As…

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The swim leg of a triathlon is notoriously daunting. Of the sport’s three heats — swimming, biking and running —…

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In the early 1900s, Florence Cope Bush, author of Dorie: Woman of the Mountains, described native brook trout as being…

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Last week, we set the stage for the 29th annual Great Smoky Mountains Birding Expedition (GSMBE). The group starts at 9…

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What could be more fun than a weekend of fellowship and great birding? Maybe setting a new record for total…

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The train was the first to arrive in Waynesville back in 1886; then, the rise of the automobile; but, this…

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Hidden among the expanse of forestland in Western North Carolina are little-known pockets of trees that are several centuries old.…

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What falls freely from the sky, rumbles, swooshes, rolls, trickles across the planet; seeps into the earth beneath our feet…

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Haywood County is about to experience its newest festival: EcoFest, an ode to sustainability, agriculture and the environment. This year…

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The blue-headed vireo sang to me of spring sometime around the first week of April. Blue-headeds are generally the last…

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Beekeepers in Western North Carolina were hit especially hard this winter by a mysterious rash of bee disappearances.  Amateur Haywood…

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Earth Day 2013 is Monday, April 22. The first official “Earth Day” occurred in 1970 and environmentalists celebrated. Environmental lawyer…

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Dana Dowdy raised a razor-sharp axe above her head, let it hover a moment and then slammed into her competition…

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Love may be a little anthropogenic for toads, but the eons old “urge to merge” was quite prevalent last Sunday…

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Do you consider yourself an environmentalist or an environmental activist? Do you feel frustrated with the way issues dear to…

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This recent bumpy weather across the Eastern U.S. has resulted in some flight delays and changed itineraries for a bunch…

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More than a third of the tourists who come knocking at the Jackson County visitor center these days have trout…

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Wild South held its fifth annual Green Gala celebrating the 2012 Roosevelt-Ashe Society’s Conservation Award winners last Friday, March 22.…

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The painstaking process of outlining a clear mission for the U.S. Forest Service and how it will manage its expansive…

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I have seen the light, and I don’t like it. I have seen the light emanating from strip malls; from…

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Whitewater fanatics wait in line for their chance to do tricks, flips, spins and somersaults with their play boats on…

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By Ted Olson • Contributing writer New Native Press, a small independent book publisher based in Tuckasegee in Jackson County, recently…

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So what’s in the news nowadays? Any bad news for the environment? Let’s see. Wednesday, February 13, 2013, in the…

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Like New York is known for its basketball legends, and Texas is known for its football stars, Western North Carolina…

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I know, I know, we’ve been in Louisiana for two weeks now, but when I look back at some of…

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During the next several weeks, thousands of people will leave from Springer Mountain in Georgia and begin the 2,184-mile trek…

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What better place to start part deaux than Breaux Bridge along Bayou Teche? Firmin Breaux originally purchased the area that…

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Last week, state and federal wildlife officers began rounding up dozens of suspected poachers in Western North Carolina, bringing to…

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Translation — Great Backyard Bird Count at Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge; the tradition continues. Since a spur-of-the-moment GBBC…

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This spring, rolling down the Tuckasegee River will be, for the most part, as it has been in years past…

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Of course, you’re no longer confined to your backyard like you were back in 1997 when the Great Backyard Bird…

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For the past year, the National Forest Service has been taking inventory, collecting public input and meeting with outdoor interest…

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What happens when you finally get to the end of the rainbow and there’s no gold in the pot? Perusing…

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Although the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a protected expanse of land, all types of contamination — from air…

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Limeade, tequila and cointreau is not a wintry mix — that is a margarita; something you may resort to when…

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By Jill Ingram • Guest writer, WCU public affairs office Covering long distances in and around Cataloochee Valley, a Western…

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It may not have shaken the Richter scale like the stampede of Republican lawmakers and their realtor and developer lobbyists…

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Have you ever been told by the evening news to expect three inches of snow overnight, but after stocking up…

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Its bolts are rusting, floor planks are rotting, and its windowpanes shattered. The roof is pocked with holes that let…

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I sit this morning being bathed in luxurious rain. The kind of life-affirming, life-giving rain the Smokies are noted for.…

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