Appalachian Trail Weather: Hot Springs, NC 4-15-14

In ages past, our forefathers and foremothers referred to this time of year as “spring.”  Wiser people now populate our land. Sages and sagettes now call this season, “What the heck is going on with this insane weather?” Not all the folks on the Appalachian Trail right now are in or near Hot Springs, North […]

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Bear and/or Hiker Safety

For those unable to outrun their friends and family during a bear attack, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) office based in the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests, offers these suggestions to avoid encounters with black bears. Lesson Number One:  The Color of Black Bears Black bears are sometimes brown, so don’t be fooled.  The USFS […]

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Vermont’s Green Mountain Club: “It’s Mud Season”

On April 15th, the Green Mountain Club reminded hikers to stay off muddy and high-elevation trails, unless the paths have extensive snow or ice cover.  High elevation soils take until Memorial Day to dry out in Vermont, especially on north slopes and evergreen shaded trails. This is mud season.  In between spring showers we are all ready to […]

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How to Grow Grass & Save Monarch Butterflies

Naturalist Ina Warren from Brevard, North Carolina, will present a multi-media program at The Cradle of Forestry in America titled “Make Way for Monarchs” on Saturday April 19th at 2:00 p.m.  The presentation will center on this year’s record low populations of monarch butterflies. Ina will distribute free samples of locally native milkweed seeds and she’ll discuss […]

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