Standing knee-deep in the Little Tennessee River, Haley Williams wears a broad smile as she and her classmates fill a bucket with temporarily stunned fish. “We’ve been waiting for this all year,” says Williams, sporting hip waders and a camouflage T-shirt. Amid the verdant north Georgia mountains, she and about two dozen other Franklin High […]
Large areas of untrammeled nature are increasingly hard to come by in North Carolina — especially where the mountains meet the Piedmont, the state’s most urbanized and densely populated region. But every so often, wilderness gets a reprieve. So it is with the Box Creek Wilderness, a 3,300-acre link between the Blue Ridge and the South Mountains just east of Asheville.
“If you are an angler, boater, fish or bug, the Tuckasegee River is better with the Dillsboro Dam removed,” says U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service biologist Mark Cantrell. (photo by Gary Peeples, Asheville Field Office, USFWS)
North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission officials confirm that white-nose syndrome — a disease that’s led to the death of millions of bats in the eastern U.S. — has been found in an abandoned mine in Haywood County. It’s the fifth county in North Carolina to confirm a case of the disease.
A PBS miniseries highlighting the people and the environmental history of Appalachia will have its North Carolina premiere in Asheville on Friday, Jan. 16.