Environment

Southern Appalachians Highlands Conservancy purchases land near Roan Mountain

Southern Appalachians Highlands Conservancy purchases land near Roan Mountain The Southern Appalachians Highlands Conservancy (SAHC) recently purchased 51 acres in the Highlands of Roan Mountain. As reported by the Citizen-Times, the land is located on a prominent ridge near the Appalachian Trail. The purchase will protect the vulnerable spruce-fir forest ecosystem, home to birds and…
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Outdoor Updates: Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg is named ‘Time’ Person of the Year

Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg is named ‘Time’ Person of the Year Swedish climate activist Great Thunberg, 16, is the youngest person to be named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year. Thunberg is leading a new generation in the fight against climate change, organizing school strikes and climate marches around the world. Time says they…
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Outdoor Updates: World-famous Victoria Falls dries to a trickle

World-famous Victoria Falls dries to a trickle One of Zimbabwe’s most iconic natural features, 355-foot Victoria Falls, has slowed to a trickle following the country’s worst drought in a century. While the waterfall does typically slow in the dry season, The Guardian has described this year’s lack of water as “unprecedented.”  Water flow in the…
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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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