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Regrettably a wall through desert and riparian lowlands along the Mexico-U.S. border will have terrible effects on terrestrial fauna whose…

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A summer of hard work is paying tasty dividends for some kids in Swain County 4-H — dividends paid in…

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In the lull between summer’s peak and fall’s color arrival, things are on the quiet side at the Highlands Biological…

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Number one daughter had a big camping weekend planned with friends and their families at Lake Chatuge over Labor Day.…

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Once Jay Ruebel started seeing the billboard, which advertised the 28.3-mile Trailblaze Challenge hike, it seemed like he couldn’t stop…

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Two independent natural phenomena have occurred over the past few days that will be etched in the memories, minds and…

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Austin Bohanan, 18, had been lost in the wilderness for 11 days when he woke up the morning of Aug.…

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Brian McMahan and Johnny Nicholson can both remember boyhood days spent in the mountains, hunting the elusive ginseng plant. Coveted…

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Enrique Gomez was 16 years old the first time he experienced the shadow of the moon. Gomez, now an associate…

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Friends and followers of “The Naturalist’s Corner” know I’m keeping a year-list of birds I see/hear this year. As I…

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As I stood freezing on the dock above 67.3-degree Lake Logan, the main thought running through my head was a…

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Nearly a century old, the aging Cullowhee Dam is at a crossroads — with risk of failure increasing, Western Carolina…

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My family and I were in the Rock Hill, S.C.-Charlotte area a few weeks back to visit my sister and…

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The attraction between people and waterfalls is nothing new, with a couple waterfall deaths per year typical between the Great…

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It’s one of those summer days that’s so hot and humid it’s impossible to walk even two steps without sweating,…

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Issues surrounding the management of the country’s national forests have always been thorny. It’s easy to see why — there…

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The clear water of the West Fork Pigeon River tumbling from its mountain headwaters takes on a yellowish hue through…

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White dots will soon pepper the sidewalks of downtown Sylva as the town sets out to claim its identity as…

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There was much concern regarding the noonday globe snail, Petera clarkia nantahala, after the Tellico Fire burned through the Nantahala…

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Mark Woods will retire as superintendent of the Blue Ridge Parkway on July 3, but on July 4 he’ll don…

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It’s just a short walk from the Blue Ridge Parkway to Fryingpan Tower — 1.5 miles roundtrip — but in…

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Another spring, another season of bird points in the can. Each spring brings its own unique set of adventures, dilemmas…

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The snip of a ribbon declared the destination that mountain bikers are hailing as “amazing” and “world-class” to be open…

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Ching Fu and Jerud Crandall had professional careers and a comfortable home when they left it all behind in 2015,…

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I was in Morganton over the Memorial Day Holiday chasing birdies in the Grandfather District of the Pisgah National Forest…

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A new scientific tool developed at the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont will allow salamander-studying scientists to trace the…

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What was once a wildfire became an outdoor classroom for students in Western Carolina University’s Natural Resource Conservation and Management…

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The weather hasn’t been too cooperative this spring with regards to my Forest Service bird point count. First weekend in…

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Dealing with the aftermath of two major storms while preparing for what could be another record-breaking visitor season, trail crews…

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When it comes to carnivorous plants, Darwin Thomas knows what he’s talking about. It doesn’t take much to get him…

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This past weekend, May 6-7, was the 34th annual installment of the Great Smoky Mountains Birding Expedition (GSMBE.) The expedition…

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There are bucket lists and then there are bucket lists. As parents, the bucket lists we envision for our kids…

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A fleet of new mountain bikes has come home to roost at Swain County High School, thanks to a donation…

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When rains finally quelled the flames of 2016’s historic fall fire season, firefighters breathed sighs of relief and mountain residents…

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Our new denier-in-chief believes “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make…

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On the chilly, windy afternoon of April 7, a crew of seven people gathered to install a passel of hefty…

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Ron and Chrissy Hill were all set for their retirement in the Cumberland Mountains of Tennessee, having bought a house…

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The last known footprint of the slant-eyed giant Judaculla is not easy to get to. First, there’s the drive to…

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I was reconnoitering the Buck Creek Serpentine Barrens on Monday March 27, with Brent Martin, Southern Appalachian regional director at…

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When Ed Sutton first came to Cherokee in November to break ground on a new trail system, his directive was…

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A low guttural croak comes out of the fog hanging over the French Broad River. I turn and look towards…

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Every August since 2010, the Blue Ridge Breakaway has pulled in tens of thousands of dollars for Haywood County businesses,…

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Kelly Custer has been a lifelong lover of the outdoors, from playing sports as a kid to mountaineering adventures in…

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News spread fast last week after the Sylva Police Department removed more than 50 spikes from hiking trails at Pinnacle…

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Regular readers of “The Naturalist’s Corner” may remember that I’ve decided to keep a 2017 year-list of birds. I noted,…

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When starting the hike, it’s not immediately obvious why the Chimney Tops Trail should be appointed for long-term closure. The…

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According to the National Phenology Network, Punxsutawny Phil had it all wrong when he emerged from his hole this month…

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Back in January I surveyed the Tellico Fire with MountainTrue biologist Josh Kelly. We were there to check out the…

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