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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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By Melanie Threlkeld McConnell • Correspondent A rolling stone gathers no moss, so says the proverb, but it would if…

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By George Ivey • Contributing writer What in the world would bring together the Great Smoky Mountains and the country…

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After Jersey and the Big Apple (see last week’s Naturalist’s Corner — www.smokymountainnews.com/outdoors/item/7554-famous-nyc-offspring), it was time for a leisurely trip…

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New York City is big, bustling and in July – hot, but there are always entertaining and even educational ways…

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In 25 years of teaching kindergarten, Cathryn Sills of Franklin read a lot of books to her young students. In…

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News outlets began reporting Sunday night (July 1) that North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue vetoed Senate Bill 820, which would…

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If you fall from a ledge rock-climbing, break a leg backpacking in the wilderness or twist your shoulder paddling a…

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  Gov. Perdue has to be weary. This weariness was apparent months ago when she declared she would not seek…

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 A million acres of national forests sounds like a lot, and indeed it is. But consider the 8.6 million people…

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The Mountain Resources Commission, the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area, the U.S. Forest Service and the National Environmental Modeling and…

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By Danny Bernstein • Contributor            Many hikers are amazed by the balds that dot the Southern Appalachian landscape along the…

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By Shannan Mashburn • SMN Intern Gardeners, wannabe-gardeners and those who simply appreciate a fine garden can catch a behind-the-scenes…

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Mountain bogs are some of the rarest and most imperiled natural habitat in the country. They are generally small and…

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As one whom is often standing on the shoulder of the road peering through binoculars, I’m accustomed to people slowing…

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By Brent Martin • Contributor Mention the name George Ellison to most people living in western North Carolina and what…

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I was in the Grandfather District of the Pisgah National Forest the other morning preparing to go to one of…

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Richard Baird, a plant pathologist from Mississippi State University, was hard at work one day last week examining mushrooms in…

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Up at 4 a.m. to try and catch up on a little correspondence before I hit the road for the…

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Testing canola varieties for biofuel. Growing truffles. Finding hemlocks and Fraser firs that can survive the scourge of the adelgid.…

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Experiments conducted by a multi-disciplinary team of researchers from the U.S., Canada and Germany strongly suggest that the fungus, Geomyces…

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It took more than a decade, a lot of detective work and a protracted legal case to clear the way…

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Last night (May 5) was the unveiling of this year’s supermoon. Astronomer Richard Nolle coined the term supermoon in 1979…

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David Burnette and his wife Diane do things the old way. “One thing just led to another,” David said of…

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I had to take my shoes off to get there, but I believe last Saturday (April 28) was the 13th…

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In the two years since the Dillsboro Dam was torn down, the Tuckasegee River has become home to a growing…

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Threatening weather forecasts likely kept many who registered for last Saturday’s (April 21) 5th Annual Spring Hike in Waynesville’s Watershed…

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The recent acquisition of 720 acres of land in the Plott Balsams has helped set the table for the first…

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The 62nd Annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will be April 25 – 28. I…

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As Tommy Yon carried his kayak up the side of a waterfall in Tennessee, he tried not to over-think the…

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At Wild South’s recent “Green Tie Gala,” friend, writer, poet and publisher Thomas Rain Crowe, with a knowing wink, slipped…

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Just in time for its 30th anniversary, the Western North Carolina Alliance one of the region’s most august environmental organizations…

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A couple of weeks ago I received an email from Rachel Reid of Andon-Reid Bed and Breakfast asking if I…

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Several raceways were completely submerged in water, hundreds of thousands of trout laid dead on the ground, and the national…

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Last year around this time I wrote about the honor of being nominated for Wild South’s Roosevelt-Ashe Society’s “Outstanding Journalist…

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It’s probably not the view sightseers in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park were expecting last week when they pulled…

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I was encouraged by a recent press release from the North Carolina Wildlife Federation. The release stated, “In a show…

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Susan Sakna and her two dogs were far from their home in Massachusetts. But like many Appalachian Trail thru-hikers, Sakna…

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Well, it might not exactly live up to the name "Polar Plunge" given the current spate of warm weather, but…

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Borrow seeds in the spring, grow your garden in summer, give them back in the fall. That’s the premise of…

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Due to a lack of foresight and copious amounts of poor planning, I found myself last Sunday evening (Feb. 26)…

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Chris Graves had just parked a school van in a field, and his wildlife students were filing out for some…

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This year was the 15th annual Great Backyard Bird Count, a citizen-science project created by Cornell Lab of Ornithology and…

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Things have gotten slightly darker at Western Carolina University. The Cullowhee-based college is battling Boone’s Appalachian State University in the…

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The Naturalist’s Corner dispatched its chief investigative reporter, Kuteeng Satire, to the land of Dudley Doright to bring you the…

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As the weather cooled this past weekend, Kathy Taylor’s bees were nowhere in sight; sheltering themselves within their manmade, wooden…

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I think the shrewd rodent hedges his bet a bit. I mean if you think about it, the difference between…

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Anyone can run or bike. And if any two people could testify to that, it’s Gerri Grady and Hugh Lambert.…

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