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Those pitching the plan to sell off pieces of the national forest claim the parcels on the list are inconsequential.…

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Counties with national forest or park land in their borders get two types of money from the federal government: payment…

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We were leaving Monroe, La., just after dawn last Sunday, Feb. 19. We crossed over a small levee and dam…

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A coalition of environmental groups and local residents lost their appeal against a logging operation in the Nantahala National Forest…

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I felt like I should have had crampons on my boots, like the spikes mountain climbers use on ice. The…

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There was a blast from Vice President Dick Cheney’s 28-gauge shotgun — a gun, by the way, that one Web…

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Land conservation trusts cropping up across Western North Carolina and the rest of the country will soon be able to…

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One of my daughter Izzy’s favorite videos is “Little Bear’s Winter Tales.” She likes the episode with the blizzard. The…

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The team of Bigfoot researchers who came to Cherokee last week to investigate reports of a mysterious creature encounter run…

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Stealth is not the preferred modus operandi of the Bigfoot team when they roll into town. Their black suburban, bound…

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For 12 years, Wanda Childers has brushed off encounters with a mysterious creature lurking around her trailer in the Whittier…

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North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper issued the following question and answer column on the state’s air pollution law suit…

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N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper filed a lawsuit against the Tennessee Valley Authority last week seeking to significantly reduce pollution…

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Cornell University and the ivory-billed woodpecker have been inextricably linked since the announcement in 2005 of the rediscovery of the…

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Dick Hamilton, director of the North Carolina Wildlife Commission, is stuck between a rock and a hard place. Biologists with…

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The January 2006 edition of “The Auk,” the journal of the American Ornithologists’ Union, includes a 15-page article by Jerome…

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A 15-year-old from Waynesville hopes to be part of the women’s USA BMX bike team at the 2008 Olympics after…

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A move to rewrite the Endangered Species Act has passed the U.S. House of Representatives and is expected to come…

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By Ed Kelley When I think of the mountains of Western North Carolina, I like to believe I know a…

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By Eugene Shuler Winter is a great time to go fishing. Don’t believe me? Just look at what you don’t…

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By Michael Beadle Freezing temperatures may keep some people bundled up indoors, but not Adam Fox. When the temperatures dip…

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Winter is a great time for studying tree identification. The mountains look steel-gray from a distance. The forest, up close,…

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A new cycling shop opened in Waynesville just in the nick of time for Bob Gatis. The notion recently struck…

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I learned, when I worked full-time for the Smoky Mountain News, that it helps if newspaper writers are thick-skinned. It…

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Top fly and bass fishermen will be coming to Cherokee to show off their skills at the North Carolina Casting…

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Controversy over proposed changes to the mission of the National Park Service has landed at the doorstep of the Great…

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The Carolina Field birders, friends and volunteers conducted their fourth annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count on Thursday, Dec. 29.

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An attempt by the National Park Service to rewrite the guidelines governing protection of parks has prompted conservation groups to…

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The National Park Service says the management guidelines governing national parks need to be clarified in the face of a…

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Citing increased problems for humans, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has proposed new regulations that will step up hunting of…

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Christmas Day brought showers interrupted by buckets full of sleet. Sometime late Christmas night or before dawn the next morning,…

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By Michael Beadle Once again Cataloochee Ski Area will be hosting a series of once-a-week skiing and snowboarding classes this…

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I can’t understand how imminent ornithologists, in particular, and biologists, scientists and researchers in general have overlooked the obvious truth…

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The world of outdoor recreation had several milestones this year, especially in the whitewater arena.

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Nature’s lessons A $105,000 grant from North Carolina’s GlaxoSmithKline Foundation to Friends of the Smokies will connect several hundred teachers…

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Outdoor recreation and the environment go hand in hand. Paddlers like clean rivers, hikers prefer old-growth forests over those that…

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One would think swans would probably be a sure bet in such a scenario. After all, they are bigger and…

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A North Carolina Birding Trail is under way and could one day could link popular birding sites across the state…

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Brock Hutchins slid out of the front seat of his four-wheel drive and walked a few yards down a snow-crusted…

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The Land Trust for the Little Tennessee was recently awarded a portion of a $200,000 grant from the North Carolina…

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Those sporting the trendy turquoise and pink Great Smoky Mountains National Park license plates on their bumpers raised $181,800 this…

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The North Carolina Wildlife Commission is still weighing whether to allow the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to bring more…

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When Lisa Ashe signed up for the newly formed Jeff Galloway running group in Jackson County last year, her dream…

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Bamboo is the common name applied to a wide and varied group of woody grasses from all around the world.…

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Editor’s note: This article was written by Mallory Martin and Carl Kittel of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. Martin…

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When I read the notice about a new book — The Fishes Gathered in Cherokee Country — in the Nov.…

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The front that passed through the week before Thanksgiving brought the first waterfowl fallout of the season to Lake Junaluska.…

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Phil Francis, the long-time assistant superintendent of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, has been appointed superintendent of the Blue…

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Rangers with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park rappelled into a 70-foot underground cave last week to rescue a hunting…

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