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HIKE NC! ROLLS OUT FALL HIKES IN WNC

Excerpted from an article by Karen Chavez for the Asheville Citizen-Times “Those who hike can’t imagine a fall without at least a few mountain hiking trips…This fall, Blue Cross and Blue Shield ofo N.C. and the NC State Parks, which is celebrating the 100-year anniversary of the state parks system, are launching Hike NC!, a…

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BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY BACK ON TOP….

…AND RECORDS SET FOR SMOKIES… Excerpted from an article by Karen Chavez/Asheville Citizen-Times “…Just over 15 million people visited the Blue Ridge Parkway in 2015 – that’s a 7% increase over the year before for the 469-mile roadway, which stretches from Cherokee to Shenandoah in Virginia.  The warm fall and mild winter brought a lot…

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GUIDES TO WNC’S DIVERSE NATURAL WONDERS

Again and again, we give credit and great thanks to George Ellison, nature columnist at the Asheville Citizen-Times – this time for his short list of good guidebooks to our beautiful region. “At 250 million years of age, the Appalachians are now passing through the mature phase that such violently uplifted terrain experiences as it…

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WESTERN CAROLINA UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR PREDICTS…

A STUNNING FALL LEAF SEASON! Cullowhee, NC:  “Due to a drier than usual spring and summer, the fall leaf color in the mountains of Western North Carolina should be putting on a more spectacular show than it has in many years, according to WCU’s autumnal leaf season prognosticator, Kathy Mathews.  Mathews, an associate professor of…

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SYNCHRONOUS FIREFLIES THRIVE IN EASTERN TENNESSEE…

“SNAPPY SYNC SPECIES CAN COORDINATE FLASHING LIGHTS…” Knoxville, Tennessee:  Some enterprising field work by a group of Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency employees has revealed a thriving population of synchronous fireflies around the Oak Ridge Wildlife Management Area. …researchers found a species of synchronous firefly called Snappy syncs, or Photuris frontalis, not to be confused with…

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TRY THE BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY FOR WILDFLOWER EXCURSIONS…

Another excerpted article by our favorite naturalist/author, George Ellison… “The height of the summer wildflowering season is just about upon us. By mid-to-late July, an array of distinctive Southern Appalachian plants will come into full bloom.  Everyone has favorite wildflower places.  One of mine is the section of the Blue Ridge Parkway between Balsam Gap…

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ENJOY SPRING THREE TIMES, LIKE WE DO!

Driving on the Blue Ridge Parkway in early June, we were momentarily surprised to see that some of the deciduous trees were just beginning to show their small, greenish-yellow leaves at the highest elevations (above 6,000 feet).  When you live in the Brevard, NC area between 1,000 and 3,000 feet, you are close to the…

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CHESTNUT MOMENTS…

“CHESTNUT TREES… Chestnut trees have been around – just about as long a the sacred ground – of the Chippewa and the Cherokee.  – Let’s  hope they last eternally. It’s a handsome wood for furniture – and strong for structures that have endured – in the simplest beauty of a split-rail fence  – Or in…

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HEADWATERS STATE PARK PRESENTATION & PANEL…

…IN BREVARD – AT TRANSYLVANIA COUNTY LIBRARY – THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 26, FROM 6PM TO 7:30 PM. Join Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy and partners on Thursday, February 26 for a presentation on the current status and latest progress at Transylvania County’s Headwaters State Forest.  Speakers include Kieran Roe, CMLC Executive Director; Michael Cheek, Region 3 Assistant…

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SOMETIMES, YOU JUST HAVE TO GET AWAY…

…FROM THE MAIN-TRAVELED ROADS.   George Ellison, naturalist and writer, does wonderful nature columns every week in the Asheville Citizen-Times newspaper, and we love them.  Sometimes they are just so good, and so pertinent to our area here in Brevard, surrounded by mountains and trails as we are, that we just have to quote them… “Occasionally,…

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