There’s a poem that keeps coming back to me. It’s one of those aphoristic poems that shows something so clearly it comes to embody a particular thought. That thought has been on my mind lately. The poem is Ozymandias by Percy Shelly and in it, the pharaoh’s wasted monument is discovered buried in the desert.…

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The unfinished Foothills Parkway section could become the next big hiking destination The Foothills Parkway, which runs through the Tennessee foothills of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, has been driving a record number of visitors to the park since a 34-mile continuous stretch of road was completed last year. But a 33-mile unfinished stretch of…

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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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Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians can once again harvest sochan in Great Smoky Mountains National Park A historic signing of an agreement at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center in Great Smoky Mountains National Park returns the right for the Cherokee to pick sochan on their ancestral lands inside of the park, as they had done for…

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Cancer causing pellets are being dropped along the Mountain Valley Pipeline path in WV Pellets used to prevent erosion and provide soil stabilization have been dropped near the path of the Mountain Valley Pipeline in Greenville, WV. The pellets were dropped from a helicopter and have been found to contain a cancer-causing chemical called acrylamide.…

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Hiker trapped by quicksand in Zion National Park A hiker from Arizona was crossing a creek in Zion National Park over the weekend when he became trapped in quicksand, officials say. The 34-year-old man was hiking up the left fork of North Creek when his leg sunk to the knee in quicksand. He and his…

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Equipment set on fire at Mountain Valley Pipeline site investigated as arson A piece of earth moving equipment has been set on fire at Mountain Valley Pipeline construction site in Virginia, causing $500,000 in damage. Authorities received a call on Saturday night reporting a car fire but when they arrived they found a Caterpillar PL87…

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The southeast added 242 MW of distributed solar in 2018 Solar installation crews in the Southeast put up 242 MW of small-scale solar PV systems from October 2017 through October 2018. Florida led the charge, installing 85 mega-watts (MW) of solar, followed by 78 MW in South Carolina, 27 MW in Georgia, 22 MW in…

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Conservation project in North Georgia will include hiking, caving and more Nearly 2,400 acres on Lookout Mountain and into Johnson’s Crook in Dade County, Georgia have been preserved and will be managed by the Southeastern Cave Conservancy Inc. (SCCI) as the new Charles B. Henson Preserve at Johnson’s Crook. Last week, SCCI announced it received…

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