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MountainTrue Seeks To Map Whirling Disease With Innovative Technology

Whirling disease (Myxobolis cerebralis) is a parasite in the same phylum as jellyfish and is native to Eurasia. Whirling disease became infamous in North America after it harmed some of the continent'...

 By Josh Kelly    Outdoors    July 30, 2018

The Environment Is Collateral Damage In Global Economics

This has been a year of bad news when it comes to invasive species, and, unfortunately, that seems familiar now. After losing most of our hemlocks to hemlock woolly adelgid in the past decade and...

 By Josh Kelly    Outdoors    April 16, 2018

The Unique Flora, Fauna Of The Southern Blue Ridge

Geographers call the fantastic area where we live the Southern Blue Ridge. The Southern Blue Ridge is narrow near its northern terminus at Roanoke, Va., but broader southwards, and at its broadest on...


Concerns Over Courthouse Project Well Founded

There is a spectrum of beliefs in our society about forests. On one end of the spectrum is the belief that without human intervention forests deteriorate and that all forests need tending by humans....

 By Josh Kelly    Outdoors    June 19, 2017

As Emerald Ash Borer Spreads In North Carolina, A Call Goes Out For Landowners To Help Save Trees

Western North Carolina has been hit hard by exotic tree pests and diseases. We all know the story of chestnut blight that wiped out the most numerous and important tree in our forests in the early...

 By Josh Kelly    Outdoors    May 8, 2017

It's Firefly Season: Enjoy Nature's Lightshow Responsibly - Brevard, NC

Do you ever feel like you have lost the enchantment you had for life when you were a child? Do you ever long for proof that you live in a benign and beautiful world where miracles are possible? If...

 By Josh Kelly    Outdoors    March 27, 2017

A Glimpse Of Restoration Work In Tusquitee Ranger District

In August 2016, the U.S. forest service released its decision for the Brushy Flats Project in the Tusquitee Ranger District. It will include a combination of timber harvesting and fire, and that’s a very good thing. While this project is not in...


Guest Column: Public Land Is A Priceless Legacy

Many Americans are concerned about the fate of our national forests, national parks, and wildlife refuges. Thanks to this paper's coverage and an excellent letter to the editor by Sam Edney, you have...


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