The Emeralds of Dupont


Alan Cameron

Juvenile salamanders will remain in their birthplace for one winter hibernation period, then move out on their own to establish territory. The green markings on each one is different, and similar to a humans finger print, can be used by scientists to identify a single salamander over its lifespan. (Photos by Owen Carson)

Western North Carolina is a wild and wonderful place full of rushing waterfalls, ancient forests, rugged rock cliffs and vistas that go for miles. Here in Brevard, we're positioned close to the heart of this natural beauty and have near-seamless access to some amazing public lands: Pisgah National Forest to the north and west, DuPont State Forest to the east, and Gorges State Park to the southwest. Each of these managed areas is rich with natural and cultural heritage are home to some of the rarest plants and animals in the southeastern United States.

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