Friends, feathers and fellowship
Jan02

Friends, feathers and fellowship

Friday December 28 was the date of the eleventh annual Balsam Christmas Bird Count (CBC) – 11 dates but 10 actual counts as the 2009 CBC was cancelled due to inclement weather (snow, high winds and temperatures in the teens.) This year’s weather was much better for the Balsam count – cloudy to overcast, breezy and cool but not too bad. We wound up with 70 total species, which is about par for the Balsam circle. Two cool species,...

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Mountain Treasures
Mar16

Mountain Treasures

In 1987 the USDA Forest Service issued a “final” forest management plan – a plan so vague and so lacking in ecosystem and environmental protections that conservationists and environmental organizations across the country denounced it. The Wilderness Society (TWS), to point out many of the shortcomings of the proposed rule, especially as it pertained to the Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests, published North Carolina’s...

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