It’s thirty-five degrees outside according to the car thermometer, here where the Bartram Trail crosses the North Carolina/Georgia state line and heads north into the Overflow Wilderness Study Area.  At mid-day, this is the warmest temperature I will encounter on this clear late March afternoon. Pockets of snow still lie about the trailhead where my…

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In September 1867, two years after the end of the Civil War, a wild-eyed 29-year-old man left Louisville, Kentucky on foot with little money, food, or plans. Only a few months earlier he had suffered a serious eye injury in a work accident. He was heading south on a botanical journey with an ultimate destination…

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We all care about this landscape, and its future. And if you care about the future of the Nantahala-Pisgah National Forest, regardless of your interest, now is the time to learn more and get involved.

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