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WHAT A GEM — The 500,000 acres that comprise the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is designated as an International Biosphere Reserve. This…

ANCHOR TREE — Hemlocks are an anchor tree species that shade and protect cool streams in the Southern Appalachians. Their loss will effect tro…

SUNDAY HUNTING — North Carolina is one of only four states that still ban Sunday hunting on public lands.

GIVE A LITTLE BACK — The Seed Lending Library of Waynesville is asking for gardeners to turn in seeds to the library this fall.

A couple of weeks ago, The Mountaineer visited survivalist and 20-year Air Force veteran David Grasty at his Fines Creek home for a wide-spanning interview, as well as a demonstration of his ever-popular wild edible walk.

MATING CALL — {span id=”docs-internal-guid-6e536f11-7fff-02f3-6d7c-86639b08d7c6”}{span}The synchronized flashes of Photinus Carolinus fireflie…

ONE OF THE BEST HOME IMPROVEMENTS — The expansion into an outdoor deck adds hours of enjoyment to the home from spring through the fall.

It’s been 10 years since Peter Bates and his merry band of ecologists began the mission of forest stewardship in Waynesville’s 8,000-acre watershed.