Submerged

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...

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...
The migrants are coming the migrants are coming!

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...
Mountains spared for now

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,...
Mucking up the mountains – more to follow

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...
Early risers

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...