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Dateline 1999: David Kullivan a forestry/wildlife student at Louisiana State University, tells faculty that while turkey hunting in the Pearl…

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Three Tennessee residents are headed to prison for breaking into a slew of cars at trailheads in Haywood County during…

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No, I’m not talking about those of us who stay in the warm confines at Cataloochee, nursing Ninja porters, while…

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Thanks to a head’s up from Tim Carstens last Sunday morning (1/15), I saw a drake northern pintail, Anas acuta,…

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Two of Western North Carolina’s most storied conservation groups, both based in Macon County, merged this month into a single…

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Cranes are cool. These big beautiful graceful birds jolt the souls of non-birders and birders alike. At five feet tall,…

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More than 5 million people hit the trails in the Pisgah and Nantahala national forests last year — a number…

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This year’s ninth annual Balsam Christmas Bird Count (CBC) was held Friday Dec. 30. As I was driving home from…

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Living in the mountains of Western North Carolina, it is hard to imagine never seeing snow — but Elizabeth Comberg…

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The 22nd Annual Wilderness Wildlife Week is scheduled for Jan. 7-14 in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. This year’s Wildlife Week boasts…

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A rare sighting of a white squirrel at Western Carolina University has workers there abuzz. The squirrel has been spotted…

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The Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC), Wild South, the Western North Carolina Alliance (WNCA) and the Southern Appalachian Forest Coalition…

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The common phrase heard among kayakers daring the Nantahala’s new wave: “It’s getting there.” The Wave in the Nantahala Gorge…

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A North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) press release from Dec. 9 announced that work was underway, “… to restore…

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Christmas tree farming is nothing new in Western North Carolina thanks to the perfect climate, perfect soil and preponderance of…

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As too often happens, in this whirlwind life, I lost my roundtoit. I received an email from the Western North…

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The Smoky Mountain News has teamed up with outfitters for yet another installment of our annual Outdoor Gear Gift Guide.…

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That’s bird-Friday of course. And bird-Friday got off to a pretty chilly start. It was 26 degrees Fahrenheit when I…

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Permaculture has become something of a catchword in farming and homesteading circles, a grand concept — but one usually unfulfilled…

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Friends of Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge just finished waving goodbye to the Navy, its fighters and their outlying landing…

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Mark Rozof sat behind a beat-up white desk surrounded by skis, walkie-talkies, snow jackets and other sundry gear strewn about…

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I don’t remember exactly what I was doing when he came into the room. It was cool, so I had…

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When Phil Watford traded in his paddle for a tool belt, giving up his far-cooler job as a kayak instructor…

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Last Saturday afternoon was a gorgeous autumn afternoon across Western North Carolina. Last Saturday morning, however, when Bob Olthoff and…

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Haywood County is one step closer to getting a defined bike route traversing the county and improved cycling amenities. The…

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The annual fall hike in the Town of Waynesville’s 9,000-acre watershed took place on Saturday Oct. 29. Around 25 stalwart…

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Ten years later and one hurdle leapt — there will be more. Last week the 10th U.S. Circuit court of…

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“Mariah blows the stars around And sends the clouds a’flyin’ Mariah makes the mountains sound Like folks were up there…

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A bad year for acorns in the higher elevations, coupled with a poor berry crop region wide, has resulted in…

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How did it get to be October already? Oh well, it’s here and the deep red sourwoods shinning from the…

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For a good part of the past decade I have spent a lot of time riding and racing my bike.…

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Acclaimed storyteller and actor Lee Stetson will bring his one-man show on John Muir to Western North Carolina in October.…

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Joe and Dawn Johnson of Atlanta might be making another trip to the mountains next weekend after learning about the…

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Avid birder and burgeoning cyclist Lena Gallitano has come up with an ambitious plan to combine two of her passions.…

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Haywood Community College students are learning best management practices to reduce stormwater runoff by using the campus itself as laboratory,…

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Migration is at full tilt across the region right now. In the passerine (songbird) department thrushes, grosbeaks and tanagers are…

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When droves of Haywood Community College wildlife and forestry students scrambled down the banks of Richland Creek last weekend with…

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Yesterday’s (9/11) wonderful late summer weather — mostly clear mid 70s — enticed my family up to Black Balsam for…

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Friday, Sept. 23, is the autumn solstice. The solstice is about balance and harmony — the day and night are…

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Cherokee students and teachers have undertaken the first part of a long-term monitoring project of birds at the Cowee Mound…

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On Aug. 24 Chinquapin soared into the dangerous northeast quadrant of then category 3 Hurricane Irene. The Lockheed Martin C-130…

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A maze of pores and rock fractures in the Appalachian Mountains make it one of the most complex hydrological systems…

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I just wanted to shout an amen to brother George Ellison’s Aug. 10 Back Then column, “Late summer is an…

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There aren’t too many road races in Western North Carolina with the storied history of the Maggie Valley Moonlight Race,…

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I can always count on Rankin Bottoms Wildlife Refuge when I need a Loosiana Delta fix. This musky backwater with…

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If you’re going to put on and sponsor what has quickly evolved into one of the region’s most popular road-bike…

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I was all set to write about the annual summer fireworks displayed every August on that really big screen above…

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Paddlers are ever-so-slightly winning a tug-of-war over the Upper Chattooga River, a Wild and Scenic River that plunges off the…

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That’s probably not the exact scenario but a recent article in Current Biology claims that most, if not all, of…

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