Yesterday the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced it will move forward with a scientifically unsupported plan to reduce the red wolf recovery area by 90 percent. It will also eliminate protections for any wolf that leaves the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge or adjacent federal property. The agency is restricting the wild population to federal lands that can…

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A development corporation is seeking a $1.9 billion U.S. federal loan guarantee to help build an Appalachian storage hub for natural gas liquids that already has significant funding from Chinese investors. “I have no idea why our government would issue loan guarantees to facilitate foreign investments for a product that is intended to prop up…

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The public overwhelmingly wants more protections for Pisgah. The results are in. Nearly 15,000 comments have flooded the Forest Service as it prepares to release a 20-year management plan for the Pisgah-Nantahala National Forest. This plan will decide how much forest will be cut and how much will be protected. 98 percent of the comments…

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Red Eft

The Southeast is home to black bears, the last red wolves, endangered sea turtles, elk, eagles, and even a few mountain lions. Although the Eastern cougar has been officially declared extinct, cougars from the West have made their way East. At least nine cougar sightings have been confirmed in Tennessee in the last two years.…

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Red Wolves' Last Stand

Less than 25. That’s how many red wolves are left in the wild. They are possibly the most endangered species on the planet, and they live only in an area of eastern North Carolina. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, which manages all federally endangered species, will make a decision soon about the future of…

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Ever wonder who works behind the scenes at Blue Ridge Outdoors? Who are the lucky bastards who get to write stories, take photos, shoot video, sell and design ads, and attend outdoor events across the region? It’s a good gig, and our team is a fun mix of folks who work hard and play harder.…

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