Environment

Outdoor Updates: High Bacterial Levels in French Broad River

Asheville city officials will meet with state regulators to discuss high bacterial levels in French Broad River E.Coli levels in the French Broad River and surrounding lakes and streams peaked this summer at over 47 times EPA recommended levels. Of 28 testing sites on and near the French Broad River, 26 have shown unsafe levels…
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Outdoor Updates: Dolphins in the Potomac River

Dolphins are swimming, mating and birthing babies in the Potomac River While it’s still questionable whether the Potomac is safe for humans, one species of animal is thriving in the river waters: dolphins. In 2015, scientists counted nearly 200 bottlenose dolphins in a section of the river off of Virginia’s Northern Neck. This year, over…
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Outdoor Updates: Elk on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Parkway officials urge public to keep an eye out for elk Officials with the Blue Ridge Parkway and Great Smoky Mountain National Park are urging the public to watch out for elk on the roadways this fall. Adult elk can weight between 500 and 700 pounds and were reintroduced to Great Smoky Mountain…
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Blue Ridge Parkway wildlife cam captures Bobcat with meal in mouth

Blue Ridge Parkway wildlife cam captures Bobcat with meal in mouth A hungry bobcat was caught on a National Park Service infrared nighttime wildlife cam running with a rabbit clamped between its jaws. The National Park Service posted the video to its Facebook page with the caption, “When you grab the last cupcake from the…
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Outdoor Updates: Australian firefighters save a grove of prehistoric trees, of which only 200 remain

Australian firefighters save a grove of prehistoric trees, of which only 200 remain As wildfires rage across the continent of Australia, firefighters have managed to save a prehistoric grove of Wollemi Pine trees, which grow in a secret location within Wollemi National Park northwest of Sydney. The trees are thought to have existed during the…
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Outdoor Updates: Florida governor announces land purchase in Everglades to prevent drilling

Florida governor announces land purchase in Everglades to prevent drilling  Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis says that the state will buy 20,000 acres of land and spend as much as $18 million to prevent drilling in the Everglades. The land will be purchased from Kanter Real Estate LLC, which had obtained approval for exploratory oil wells…
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Outdoor Updates: 75 acres at “Tri-Corner” area preserved

North Carolina Division of Parks & Recreation begin to plan 100-mile Wilderness Gateway State Trail Trail planners at the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation are at work on a 100-mile hiking trail called the Wilderness Gateway State Trail that will connect Chimney Rock State Park with South Mountains State Park. There will also be…
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Outdoor Updates: National Park Service treated more than 230,000 acres of public land to reduce wildfire risk

In FY 2019 National Park Service treated more than 230,000 acres of public land to reduce wildfire risk The National Park Service announced that 230,308 acres of public land were treated in FY 2019 to reduce wildlife risks in the parks. Prescribed fire was used to treat nearly 207,000 acres, and an additional 24,000 acres…
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