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It’s all started with a phone call. A lifelong thirst for adventure led Ronald R. Cooper to a love of…

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Only you can apply the brakes to slow down the Courthouse Timber Sale and get everyone to take a closer…

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Friday, Dec. 28, was the date of the eleventh annual Balsam Christmas Bird Count (CBC) — 11 dates but 10…

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Nestled deep in the mountains between Sylva and Cashiers, the scenic U.S. Forest Service Balsam Lodge is celebrating its 30th…

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I wrote about wood storks, Mycteria americana, back in August of this year after a trip to Isle of Palms…

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You’ve been training for months. You’ve skipped the kids’ piano recitals and parent teacher conferences; you’ve bailed on dinner with…

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Two more lakes in the region are now under a fish consumption advisory due to mercury contamination. Unsafe levels of…

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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a great wilderness of about a half-million square acres. It has been the…

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Ladies and gentlemen, return to your seats and fasten your seatbelts. Spaceship Earth will be screeching to a stop at…

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For outdoors enthusiasts, Christmas brings but fleeting respite from the cold, dark days of winter — with the promise of…

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First Mate McConnell: “Cap’n the ship is headed straight for that iceberg and there’s no way we kin stop her…

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The mountains rising above the valleys have long been the main attraction for tourists planning a trip to Western North…

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Don’t know why, but the last two birding trips to Tessentee Bottomland Preserve in Macon County — one last Sunday…

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Outdoors enthusiasts and diehard mountain bikers are waiting in anticipation the winter opening of a seven-mile mountain biking and hiking…

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Back in spring of 2011 I wrote about a wetlands restoration project at Lake Junaluska - www.smokymountain news.com/archives/item/3686-a-perfect-fit. Candace Stimson,…

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As superstorm Sandy hurled itself toward the Northeast, soon to leave a wreckage of flooded streets, sunken boardwalks and dangling…

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They stood in a line, trigger fingers poised, eyes fixated on the target.  It was early morning, and the predawn…

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Early mornings kind of go with the territory around here. With work, kids and the never-ending list of chores, every…

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In Cherokee, a dead coyote is worth more than a live one — about $25 more. In the coming weeks,…

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Last Saturday (Nov. 3) was this year’s annual fall hike in the Waynesville watershed. The hikes started back in 2007,…

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Finch irruptions are not that uncommon. They generally occur in some numbers, in some locations almost every year. But in…

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This year, Bill Holbrook will start drawing on the “old man pension” — as this local tobacco farmer likes to…

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This morning when I had coffee on my deck, I did not hear the hooded warbler that nests in the…

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A series of close bear encounters in the Pisgah National Forest have prompted a temporary ban on overnight camping in…

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Waiting in the ubiquitous checkout line, I spied a National Geographic special publication, “50 of the World’s last great places…

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It was the golden age of camping. It was absent of Gore-Tex, Smart Wool, Nalgene water bottles or light-weight Titanium…

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Or at least a younger one anyway — one of the ranking members of the House’s Committee on Science, Space…

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As Don Casada veered off-trail and began bushwhacking his way over fallen logs and through overgrown shrubs along the shore…

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Apparently what was apparent to many scientists and researchers back in 2008 is becoming more apparent — or not. Honeybee…

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Gorges State Park born just more than 10 years ago is now finally on its way to becoming one of…

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I had the pleasure of leading nine women from the Great Smoky Mountains Audubon Chapter on an outing along the…

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They operate in groups, or sometimes alone, packing duffle bags of the illicit product by foot through the Western North…

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Last Saturday, Sept. 15, was surely a gorgeous day to be ridge running high in the Plott Balsams — clear…

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The U.S. Forest Service is proposing a controlled burn in Panthertown Valley, a popular recreation area in Jackson County dissected…

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Everyone who woke up to 48 degrees Fahrenheit this morning knows that the days of “butts in the creek” are…

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Will it be a bomb, an oil shortage, energy grid damage or an electromagnetic pulse that renders America’s modern modes…

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Those quiet mornings are starting to set in. Yesterday, the only morning chorister in full song, in my yard was…

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The fight for survival is nothing new for high-elevation species in Southern Appalachia. After the glaciers receded at the end…

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Somewhere in the deep reaches of Sugar and/or Grandfather Mountains, seeps, rivulets and trickles begin to mingle and grow and…

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The steep-walled gorge of Nantahala River may be one of the best spots to host a world class, extreme kayak…

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I was outside with Maddie (6) the other afternoon and there was a gentle breeze. “Daddy, doesn’t it smell like…

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As the small, all-terrain vehicle drew near, the buffalo snorted and then lowered its massive head. It shuffled its feet,…

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As we started over the bridge on the Isle of Palms Connector, I noticed a line of large black and…

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As the legend goes, Earl Shaffer, the first man to hike the Appalachian Trail from end-to-end in 1948, used leather…

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Last week I wrote about the dark subterranean part of our little family adventure, which was a visit to Linville…

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By Paul Clark • Contributing writer Hundreds of bicyclists will soon be zipping along the scenic byways of Haywood County…

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Legend has it that curious fishermen watching trout seemingly disappear into Humpback Mountain back in 1822 discovered an entrance into…

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By Jack Moore • Contributor J.R.R. Tolkien wrote, “Not all those who wander are lost,” and he may as well…

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The call of, “Come see! A frog!” is one oft repeated in the Hendershot household from spring through fall as…

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