17-acre bog near Pisgah Loop Scenic Highway preserved by Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina
Seventeen acres of bog land in Jonas Ridge, bordering the Pisgah Loop Scenic Highway, has been purchased for permanent protection by the Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina. Foothills Conservancy says that Southern Appalachian mountain bogs are rare and contain vulnerable ecosystems. Foothills Conservancy plans to donate the property to the county to own and manage with a N.C. Clean Water Management Trust Fund conservation easement.
“It means a lot to me to have that land protected,” said Hazel Shell, former owner of the bog land. “It isn’t being used, and I think Jonas Ridge needs something that residents of Jonas Ridge and all people of Burke County can enjoy.”
California hikers find the body of Japanese internee from World War II
Two hikers in California’s Sierra Nevada range came across human remains during a hike last October. After reporting their finding to Inyo County, the remains were recovered and identified as those belonging to Giichi Matsumura, a Japanese man who had lived in an internment camp during World War II.
The finding is a reminder of a dark chapter in American history when 120,000 Japanese Americans were held in ten different concentration camps during the Second World War. Camps operated in California, Arizona, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah and Arkansas.
Got artistic talent and an urge to head north? Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park is seeking an artist in residence.
Michigan’s largest state park, located in the state’s Upper Peninsula, is accepting applications for the Porcupine Mountains Artist-in-Residence Program for residencies in the spring, summer and fall of 2020 and the winter of 2021. The program is open to artists whose work can be influenced by the northern wilderness setting of the park.
The Artist-in-Residence Program offers writers, composers and all visual and performing artists an opportunity to experience the beauty of the park and express it through their art form. Residencies last a minimum of two weeks and artists are given the use of a rustic cabin and, if desired, a three-night backcountry permit to explore the 60,000-acre park. Applications are due by Feb. 14, 2020 and can be found at www.Porkies.org/Artist-in-Residence.