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A recently published study in Proceedings, an online medical journal of the National Academy of Sciences, suggests that regular aerobic…

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That the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest in Graham County isn’t what it once was is true — the large hemlocks…

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Unless you are of a philosophical bent, you might want to skip this last installment of the spotted owl trilogy.…

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For two decades, the Little Tennessee Watershed Association in Franklin has been monitoring the health of the river’s water basin…

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I mentioned in last week’s Naturalist’s Corner that I found the decision by U.S. Fish & Wildlife to kill barred…

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It’s a busy day at the farmers market, and William Shelton is red-faced and sweaty as he hands out boxes…

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The Migratory Bird Act makes it illegal to kill barred owls, Strix varia. It is a crime that is punishable…

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Scotty Bowman always knew he wanted to work outdoors, but he couldn’t figure out how to live his dream and…

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The eighth annual Mountain Wildlife Days is scheduled for July 15 and 16 at the Sapphire Valley Community Center. The…

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Back in January, a group of environmental advocates gathered for after-work beers at Craggie Brewery in Asheville where they heard…

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Too many birders hang their binoculars up and put their field guides back on the shelf after May, fearing the…

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Feeling a bit stuffy these days? You’re not alone — stagnating weather patterns and excessive heat, coupled with a heavy…

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The first 2011 sojourn into the Town of Waynesville’s 8,000-plus acre watershed occurred last Saturday (June 11). The town has…

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The Nantahala River will soon boast one of the preeminent freestyle paddling features in the country — a patented apparatus…

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Dead snakes are certainly interesting and can pique a child’s curiosity. Izzy (9) and Maddie (5) found just such a…

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Backpackers who take on the challenge of hiking in the Southern Appalachian Mountains can attest to the fact that hauling…

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Soccer balls litter the yard, my wife is auditioning for NASCAR on the lawn mower and I am following the…

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It started out simply enough. Fresh out of college on his new job in Vicksburg, Miss., on the banks of…

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I have had the opportunity to make several trips along the Blue Ridge Parkway, in the vicinity of Devils Courthouse…

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“The good ones always get wet.”   That, says Ben McFall, is how he tells a decent fly fisherman from…

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Last Saturday morning I was racing around in the woods of the Tusquitee Ranger District on the other side of…

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Some of the scientists helping to identify every living species in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are giving up…

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This past Saturday, May 7, was (I believe) the 12th-annual “Birding for the Arts” fundraiser for the Haywood County Arts…

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You’ve got to be just a little bit crazy, maybe, to do this trail race — crazy for an epic…

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I spoke with Blair Ogburn, senior naturalist at Balsam Mountain Trust, the other day and she related a perplexing incident.…

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The U.S. Forest Service is warning hikers to stay back a good 50 feet or so from a towering poplar…

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I believe all of my feathered friends that nest and raise families in my yard and in the woods surrounding…

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Luke Hyde is too young to remember Horace Kephart, but his parents and grandparents knew the great American outdoor writer…

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Pilgrims from across the country and around the globe are on the move. They are headed to the Mecca of…

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Ed Williams lugged a giant plastic bag teaming with silvery blue fish down a creek bank in Waynesville where they…

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I wrote a few weeks back about my kayak adventure with my daughters to Sister Island (The Naturalist’s Corner Mar.…

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To describe the new visitor center on the North Carolina side of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park as a…

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The planets must have been in alignment when Buddy Young, director of residential services at Lake Junaluska, and Candace Stimson,…

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Kathy Calabrese, who makes herbal-medicine products such as lip balms, sprays and salves using herbs she grows at her Whittier…

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Through some kind of mix up in the mail, I received a nomination from Wild South’s Roosevelt-Ashe Society for “Outstanding…

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Thru-hikers on the Appalachian Trail — those hearty souls who attempt the entire 2,170-mile trek from Georgia to Maine from…

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The U.S. Forest Service will hold a public meeting at the North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville at 100 Frederick Law…

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On a recent trip to Isle of Palms, South Carolina, we had access to a sea kayak and decided to…

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If someone said the word “hemp,” the first thing to spring to mind probably wouldn’t be home construction. But if…

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Last week the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service tried to put the last nail in the coffin of the eastern…

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In Western North Carolina’s thriving outdoors community, mountain bikers have long been at the center of the action. But now,…

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Different people have different ideas of camping. Some people like to carry their camp on their back as they hike…

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By Brent Martin • Guest Writer The Nantahala-Pisgah national forests celebrated their 100th birthday March 1.   Of course, the…

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An old friend from Mer Rouge, La., George Bowe, was passing through a couple of weeks ago so we decided…

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Once upon a time and not particularly very long ago, trail running in Western North Carolina was a fringe sport…

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Environmentalism across the U.S. and around the world was spawned from the sludge of greed, industrialization and indifference. Some of…

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This little slice of Western North Carolina just landed the big one when it comes to competitive fly-fishing. The 2011…

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The Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy (CMLC) and partners are literally moving the earth over in Flat Rock to help restore…

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Don’t put this book on your bookshelf, mounted there like some hunter’s head of a deer, to prove you can…

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