What is an Appalachian forest?
Aug07

What is an Appalachian forest?

As the USDA Forest Service’s revision plan for the Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests continues to be discussed (The new plan will guide the management of the Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests for the next 15 years.) I wonder how many people give thought to what “forest’ means to them. I remember my introduction to the forests of the Southern Appalachians: (A small part of this column appears in Smoky Mountain Living Magazine’s...

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Life of Riley in Louisiana
Mar03

Life of Riley in Louisiana

Different people have different ideas of camping. Some people like to carry their camp on their back as they hike for untold miles, eating freeze-dried beans and drinking purified water from the streams. Some people’s idea of the camp is where you go to mix cocktails and sit in the hot tub and watch the big game on the 60-inch plasma TV. Both of these “opposite ends of the spectrum” have their associated perks and pitfalls and both...

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Murky waters – Louisiana in limbo
Aug15

Murky waters – Louisiana in limbo

The giant oil slick (reported to be the size of Puerto Rico) sliding around in the Gulf of Mexico like bacon grease on a George Foreman grill tied to the back of an alligator is once again sliming its way toward a Louisiana landfall. Latest predictions from the National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) call for oil pushed by southeasterly winds to reach the marshes and barrier islands of Atchafalaya Bay by today (May 12.)...

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