Submerged
Nov22

Submerged

Often lost in the North Shore Road (Road to Nowhere) controversy were the visceral ties to community and sense of place. There is a kind of melancholy intermingled with the surreal beauty of Lake Fontana. The lake is beautiful, no doubt, but it is an unnatural beauty when one turns one’s mind to the reality. The reality is that the lake is superimposed over thousands of acres of mountain peaks and valleys. It has swallowed up three...

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Audubon NC & Pantego
Nov23

Audubon NC & Pantego

Audubon NC Statement on Proposed Wind Development by Pantego Wind Energy LLC  11/18/11 Below is an overview of Audubon NC’s involvement in the proposed wind development project near Pantego, NC to date. 1) Both the National Audubon Society and Audubon North Carolina have adopted wind energy policy statements that support the development of responsibly sited wind energy projects in the United States and North Carolina.  These policy...

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The migrants are coming the migrants are coming!
Sep18

The migrants are coming the migrants are coming!

Around 10 to 12 thousand broad-winged hawks will pass over Caesar’s Head State Park between now and early October. As of Sept. 17 only 46 have been recorded. If you have any free time between now and the first of October – a trip to Caesar’s Head could payoff big time! The Wing Nuts – volunteer hawk counters are happy to share their expertise! Caesar’s Head is located on U.S. 276 in South Carolina –...

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Mountains spared for now
Jun07

Mountains spared for now

All, Thanks to quick work and rapid outreach to members of the General Assembly and to the adminstration at Appalachian State, the sponsors of the ASU Demonstration Wind Bill pulled it from the calendar this afternoon.  The bill would have gone to the floor tonight, and it would have passed.  Your passionate and articulate advocacy made an enormous difference as the prospects for the bill collapsed over the course of the day.  Late...

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Mucking up the mountains – more to follow
Jun06

Mucking up the mountains – more to follow

Dear friend of the Ridge Law, This week North Carolina’s General Assembly will consider a bill to enable a private wind developer to construct a wind farm with massive turbines in the Highlands of Roan landscape in Mitchell County.  Please see the attached picture to see where the turbines will go if this bill becomes law. House Bill 694 (H694) and its companion bill in the Senate will allow the wind developer to erect 20 wind...

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Early risers
Mar20

Early risers

* I saw some wood frog eggs the other day & it reminded me of this column: Wood frogs, Ranus sylvatica, have already been busy sowing their wild oats. I first saw eggs, deposited in a small woodland puddle on Feb. 10.  Since then, I found more eggs, in similar habitat, at two different sites. I guess the mild temperatures have thawed the frogs and fired their libidos. Wood frogs are remarkable creatures. They are the most widely...

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