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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Animal abodes
Feb11

Animal abodes

This edition of Smoky Mountain Living is all about home. That makes it the perfect place to talk about the homes of some of the creatures that share this marvelous landscape with us. Some animals that we know well don’t construct any kind of home. White-tailed deer like to bed down in thickets and/or brushy areas, usually near a source of water. While no kind of permanent shelter is maintained, as long as food is readily available...

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