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By Ed Kelley If you spend much time in the outdoors, you will eventually have an encounter with wildlife. I…

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The All Taxa Biological Inventory hit the 5,000 species milestone this summer in an ongoing effort to document every species…

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By Michael Beadle You’ll have to excuse Greg Duff if he greets you out of breath. If he’s not in…

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I have just finished by bird point survey for the Forest Service, which takes me to Mt. Mitchell and Roan…

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The North Carolina Sierra Club and Southern Environmental Law Center have filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency for…

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I recently saw some previews for the documentary “Grizzly Man.” You may remember the story. Back in 2003, after 13…

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A ban on logging and road building in roadless areas of the Pisgah and Nantahala national forests is on track…

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The town of Bryson City finalized a conservation easement this month that will protect a 750-acre tract known as Lands…

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“Daddy, Daddy come see!” called Izzy, my four-year-old daughter, running down the sidewalk to catch me as I was leaving…

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The growing demand from researchers wanting access to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park prompted recent renovations to the Appalachian…

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The Sumter National Forest has fired back at American Whitewater, a paddling organization that is challenging a ban on paddling…

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A new cycling tradition begins this summer with the debut of the Tour de Tuck Bike Challenge on Saturday, Aug.…

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Around 2 a.m. the other morning I was walking Maddie, my seven-month-old, around the house trying to convince her that…

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In a 9-0 vote last week, the Supreme Court upheld the right of states to demand mitigation from hydropower companies…

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Nestled in the northern center of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Elkmont was once a thriving logging community that…

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By Michael Beadle As springtime visitors flock to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to see the phenomenon of synchronous fireflies,…

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Rafting fans have only two more shots this year at a trip down the Cheoah River, a rugged river in…

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By Ed Kelley The burning sensation on the back of my heels made me wish I had packed some moleskin.…

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The only thing rippling more than the water through the rocky headwaters of the Chattooga is the controversy regarding the…

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Josh Kelly looked up from his topo map, took a step back and eyed the steep bank in front of…

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The other evening with toddler and infant asleep, my wife and I found ourselves alone as a thunderstorm rolled over…

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A blistering fight over whether paddling should be allowed along the upper stretch of the Chattooga Wild and Scenic River…

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A report by Trout Unlimited documenting the continued decline of brook trout has given rise to concerns over water quality…

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Thanks to a new recycling trailer, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is closer to its goal of diverting half…

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In 2005 the ivory-billed woodpecker rose from the ashes of extinction on the merits of an announcement from the Cornell…

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By Michael Beadle Kituhwa. To the Cherokee, it represents one of the most sacred sites in the world, the first…

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I was leading a program for the Theosophical Society at Lake Junaluska on May 6. We were touring the Corneille…

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The U.S. Forest Service has been working on a master recreation plan for Panthertown Valley for more than two years…

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For three years, Josh Kelly has been stalking forests in the Southern Appalachians in search of unmapped old-growth forests and…

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When Dr. Robert Jenkins proclaimed in 1992 that he had discovered a new fish species in the Hiwasee and Little…

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What some masochistic birders do for fun is called a “Big Day.” It’s when birders set out to spend the…

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When Cass and Mary Lou Combs attended a conservation celebration along the shore of the Little Tennessee River in Macon…

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Anyone who hasn’t been to the woods in the last month would swear they’re in a different world. In a…

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Climbing the 80 rickety feet of metal and wood got my adrenaline flowing a bit. Once up there, I found…

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The sight of bobbing caravans of inflatable kayaks floating down Richland Creek through Waynesville will return on Saturday, May 6…

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Five marinas on Fontana Lake have been certified as Clean Marinas in recognition of their efforts to preserve and protect…

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White-tail deer will soon start scouting the fields and forests for hiding places to give birth to their fawns this…

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According to recent stories by Knight Ridder news services, the Bush Administration thinks our national parks are too fat. A…

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When a heavy rain washed into Paul Super’s garage last month, soaking a couple of bags of freshly-purchased mulch in…

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New research on slime molds at the University of Georgia has generated hope for the millions of Americans affected by…

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After getting all the two-leggeds to bed last night I went out to the yard to wrangle the four-leggeds. Dusk…

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For those not acquainted with the ivory-billed swami, I will give you a bit of history. This is from the…

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By Michael Beadle Some people bike for the fun of it. Some people bike to race. For Franklin’s Owen Simpson,…

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Jeepers creepers, don’t ya here those peepers. Gram for gram, Pseudacris crucifer is one of the loudest amphibians out there.…

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials say they have been erroneously blamed by some residents for introducing large, black and…

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Jerry Smathers is public enemy number one for a ruffed grouse named Gus that lives on the forest bordering Smathers’…

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By Ed Kelley Tiptoeing quickly across the Toxaway River, my ankle gaiters did the job and kept the cold water…

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A new breed of predator beetles that could help fight the hemlock wooly adelgid were released in the Great Smoky…

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For the first time in more than 30 years, fishermen in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will be allowed…

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