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From Fire, Light

How can a singular beacon represent so much? Our seven lighthouses powerfully reflect our own values — of innovation, endurance, and strength.
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Posted in Central N.C., Coast, May 2013 | Tagged , | 1 Comment

A Case for Camping Under the Snow

Winter backpacking might make you shiver at the mere thought. But before you shake your head no, consider what you’re missing.

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Posted in February 2013, Mountains, Sports & Recreation | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

The Lord of the Forest: the American Chestnut

The American chestnut ruled our forests for centuries, but a killer blight made up of microscopic spores needed only 50 years to wipe the giant from the face of North America. But we still have buildings made from it, and we still have people pulling for it. An organization based in Asheville wants to bring it back from memory and make the chestnut stand tall again.
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Posted in History, September 2012 | Tagged , , , | 6 Comments

The Catch: Brook Trout

The Brook Trout is a homegrown Southerner. While humans transported other versions of trout to our waters, the brook has been here since the ice age, defying anglers, predators, and time.
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Posted in July 2011, Mountains | Tagged , | 1 Comment

Heart of the Hunter

Hunting, by definition, is a sport. But it is not a game. When we hunt, we step into another world — the natural world, the wild world — intending to take something from it. The best hunters appreciate this, respect this, and pause for this before they pull a trigger or set a trap. They know, too, that life has always required life, whether we sustain ourselves on plants or game. And most important, they understand that what we take, we should also revere. These are our true sportsmen.
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Posted in Nature & Agriculture, November 2010, Outdoors, People | Tagged , | Leave a comment

North Carolina Rivers

Rivers tell our story, from the earth’s early rotations when rains started wearing down our mountains and carving paths to the oceans, to contemporary North Carolina, where rivers nutured native settlements and sprouted towns. And they still beckon us, sending us downstream in a rush or ushering us along tranquil passages.
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Posted in March 2010, Outdoors | Tagged , , | Leave a comment