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WNC´S BEST APPLES NOW AT TAILGATES & FARMERS´ MARKETS

Source:  Courtesy of ASAP/Special to Asheville Citizen-Times/USA Today Network ¨The adage goes, ¨an apple a day keeps the doctor away,¨ and according to some studies, for some ailments, this can hold true.  But does it apply to all apples equally, and what about apple cider and apple cider donuts? Farms across our region have apples…

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PROTECT POLLINATORS! GO EASY ON THE FALL GARDEN CLEANUP!

  Source:  Dean Fosdick/Associated Press/Asheville Citizen-Times Time to rake up the yard, deadhead the perennials and till the vegetable garden?  NOT SO FAST!!¨ Popular opinion is swinging toward letting things stay just as they are through winter — decayed and drab, but serviceable. Displaying a messy yard may not win any good-neighbor awards, but entomologists…

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A CLIFF NAMED AFTER BONAS, THE HUNTING DOG

Bonas Defeat Gorge Source:  George Ellison/Nature Journal/Asheville Citizen Times ¨My first dog – part something, part something else – was named Rascal.  He was my buddy from the time I was in grade school.  Other dogs have followed….As of now Elizabeth and I maintain three shorthairs:  Woodrow, named for the character Woodrow Call in Larry…

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BUILDING COLORFUL AUTUMN LANDSCAPES

Source:  Debbie Green/Guest Columnist/Asheville Citizen-Times ¨As the leaves turn and leaf-peepers arrive, we tend to focus on autumn leaves as the source of natural beauty in the fall.  But why look only to the trees? There are many plants and shurbs that can make your garden — and our towns in WNC  – beautiful throughout…

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DUPONT STATE FOREST FESTIVAL LAUNCHES NEXT WEEKEND

Triple Falls at DuPont Recreational State Forest Source:  Transylvania Times/Brevard, NC/Monday, September 10, 2018 ¨On National Public Lands Day — Saturday , September 22 — Friends of DuPont Forest will launch the first ever DuPont Forest Festival, an event celebrating the adventure, wildness and beauty of DuPont State Recreational Forest.  Nearly 80 activities have been…

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HOW DO STORMS LIKE FLORENCE GET NAMED?

Hurricane Florence Source:  Angelia L. Davis/ USA Today Network/South Carolina ¨The World Meteorological Organization, an international committee based in Switzerland, assigns names to tropical storms with a sustained wind of 39 miles per hour.  The main purpose of naming a tropical cyclone or hurricane is (so)  people (can) easily understand and remember the  tropical cyclone…

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4 HIKES THAT MAKE ASHEVILLE ONE OF TOP 5 HIKING SPOTS IN US

Above image from Pinterest – Moore Cove Trail, Pisgah National Forest, Brevard, NC Source:  Karen Chavez/Asheville Citizen-Times/USA Today Network ¨ Those of us who live in the Western NC mountains have always had the smug suspicion that our hiking is superior to just about anywhere else in the country.  Now we have some data —…

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VIBRANT COLORS OF BITTERSWEET

Source:  George Ellison/Nature Journal/Asheville Citizen-Times Bittersweet moments.  We have a lot of them in Western North Carolina,  most especially in fall.  All along the roadsides, open trails, waste areas, power lines, backyard fences….anywhere there is support from a tree, fence, power line and the like, you are bound to see what to some local ecologists’…

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MIGRATING NIGHTHAWKS IN WNC (AKA BULLBATS)

Source:  George Ellison/Nature Journal/Asheville Citizen-Times An article by our favorite local naturalist, George Ellison, appeared in today´s Asheville paper.  A timely one at that, because on a day trip out west to the Lake Santeetlah area yesterday, I think I may have spotted a group of nighthawks in flight near the Joyce Kilmer National Forest,…

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PROTECT OUR BIRDS BY REINING IN CATS

Source:  Katherine Roth/Associated Press/Asheville Citizen-Times This is a subject that is disturbing to talk about for some, but in view of the declining bird populations we´ve been witnessing here in the mountains (my opinion only, from my own observations as a bird-watcher, and local annecdotal information), it is a subject that bears thoughtful attention. ¨Although…

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