Environment

Dead Bears on the Highway

By Ellen Kanzinger | 11 Jun 19
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Bear collisions with vehicles are increasing, especially in places like Interstate 40 adjacent to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. What can be done to keep the roads safe for motorists and wildlife? Although Interstate 40 runs 2,560 miles from the coast of North Carolina to California, a 28-mile stretch through the Smokies is the deadliest…

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You Are Being Poisoned

By Ellen Kanzinger | 10 Jun 19
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There are known carcinogens in your frying pan, dental floss, and favorite outdoor jacket. Documentary lead Bucky Bailey fights for his family’s health—and yours. The story of C8 and the DuPont plant in Parkersburg, W. Va. is a complicated one. It’s a story of lies and deceit, livelihoods and lives lost. It’s the story of…

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Increasing the Itch – Study Says Climate Change Brings More Poison Ivy with Greater Potency

By Jedd Ferris | 07 Jun 19
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This summer I realized there’s something out there in the world I hate more than cauliflower and rush hour traffic—poison ivy.

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Outdoor Updates: NC species are being considered for the Endangered Species Act

By Kim Dinan | 24 May 19
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A North Carolina species of fish and salamander are being considered for the Endangered Species Act The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed the Carolina madtom catfish and the Neuse River waterdog salamander for protection under the Endangered Species Act. The Carolina madtom is described as a “small but feisty” catfish by the Center…

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Why We Still Need Maps: Purple Lizard Charts Recreation in the Mid-Atlantic

By Joe Potoczak | 21 May 19
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Our group of four are spread across a grassy helicopter pad in southwestern Pennsylvania’s Ohiopyle State Park. We are at a familiar place for many of the one-and-a-half million annual visitors to Ohiopyle, the back of a parking area at the takeout of the Lower Youghiogheny River, known as Old Mitchell Place. Yet at the…

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Outdoor Updates: Man dives to the deepest place on earth and finds plastic

By Kim Dinan | 21 May 19
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Man dives to the deepest place on earth and finds plastic A retired Army veteran made the deepest dive into the ocean ever by a human in a submarine and what he discovered was not a new ocean species of fish or plant but trash. Victor Vescovo traveled nearly 36,000 feet below sea level into…

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Koalas have been deemed functionally extinct

By Kim Dinan | 20 May 19
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The Australian Koala Foundation has confirmed that the koala is functionally extinct. With only 80,000 koalas left in the wild, the foundation has determined that there aren’t enough left to support a new generation. The term “functionally extinct” means that the koala no longer has any effect on its environment and that any genetic disease…

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Indigenous Trails

By Ellen Kanzinger | 13 May 19
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The Unacknowledged History of the Land Beneath Our Boots  Whose land are we hiking, biking, climbing, and paddling on? When it comes to the history of public lands and conservation in this country, the Indigenous Peoples who once occupied those land are often left out of the conversation. Now, several mapping and preservation projects are…

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A Big Year for Snakes

By Kim Dinan | 08 May 19
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Residents and visitors in the Shenandoah Valley are warned of a heightened snake population this year Virginia wildlife officials are warning the public to watch out for snakes this year. Officials say that it has been a decade since they have seen this many snake encounters. The increase in snakes likely has to do with…

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DON’T “RESCUE” YOUNG WILDLIFE

By BRO Admin | 07 May 19
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During the spring, it is not unusual for people to come in contact with seemingly “orphaned” young wildlife and want to help – but it is best to leave them where you find them, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. “When you take wildlife into your home, you often take…

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Conservation: Access vs. Preservation?

By Ryan Wichelns | 30 Apr 19
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The tug-of-war over public lands   The National Park Service was created rather quietly in 1916 by a relatively unknown piece of legislation called the Organic Act. Taking up just over a page in the Federal Register, it was a benign administrative reorganization that called for a small subsection of the Department of the Interior…

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Outdoor Updates: Thru-hiker carries blind dog for 800 miles + Tick Surge in Mid-Atlantic

By Kim Dinan | 29 Apr 19
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Man thru-hikes the Florida Trail with his blind dog, carrying her 800 miles Kyle Rohrig “The Mayor” and his dog, a Shiba Inu named Katana, are no strangers to long-distance hiking. Years ago, the duo successfully thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail together. When Katana was five, glaucoma caused her to lose vision in one of her…

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214 Days

By Lauren Bowman Clontz | 16 Apr 19
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214 Days: Tree sitters have blockaded the Mountain Valley Pipeline for seven months. Here’s what motivates them to persist. It started with the two tree sits blocking the Mountain Valley Pipeline easement in Jefferson National Forest in West Virginia, in close proximity to the Appalachian Trail. These two tree-sits were soon followed by more acts…

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Outdoor Updates: Wild Ponies of Chincoteague corraled + Rhino poacher killed by lions and elephants

By Kim Dinan | 15 Apr 19
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Wild Ponies of Chincoteague are put in corrals after visitors ignore ban A band of Chincoteague ponies have been corralled on Assateague Island after visitors to the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge in Virginia disregarded warnings and approached the animals. “We have tried numerous times to educate the public about the dangers of getting too close…

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Back in Session: Video

By Jessica Wiegandt | 13 Apr 19
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“Back in Session” has been an ongoing project of mine at Brevard College. When I was a sophomore, a couple of faculty members asked if I’d want to make a BANFF film about the school. My degrees at Brevard College are Wilderness Leadership and Experiential Education (WLEE) and Journalism, and I was able to combine…

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