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Chimney Tops 2 Fire Review Discussed

The U.S. National Park Service released a report detailing causes and contributing factors to last fall’s deadly fire in the Great Smoky Mountains.

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After Massive Wildfires, Region Recovers

Two months after wildfires raged across the Southeast in the fall of 2016, communities in Tennessee and North Carolina are recovering.

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Across the Years: Updates from the Archives

In honor of our 20th anniversary, we looked through The Appalachian Voice archives to identify important topics that we’ve covered over the years and provide updates on where these issues stand today.

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The National Park Service Turns 100

The National Park Service turned 100 years old this summer and celebrations continue throughout the fall.

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Land through the Lens

Photographs of Appalachia’s wild wonders have shaped our relationship with the mountains since the early 20th century, and witnessing the destruction of the region’s land and waters has long stirred residents to defend our natural heritage. – Compiled by Molly

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Trek to the Top of Mt. Cammerer

Enjoy a strenuous 11-mile hike to the top of Mt. Cammerer, located in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The hike culminates with a view of the Pigeon River Gorge 3,000 feet below and the opportunity to stroll around the catwalk of the historic fire tower at Mt. Cammerer’s peak.

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By the Numbers: Lyme Disease, Conservation Funding, Smoky Mountains and more

11 Ranking the Great Smoky Mountains National Park received from the National Parks Conservation Association of the most polluted national parks, an improvement over its #1 ranking in 2004. $1.2 million Amount estimated to restore the Blue Ridge Tunnel as

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Good Ole Rocky Top: Trail Repair in the Smokies

By Davis Wax Leaving I-40 South near Newport, Tenn., heading down Cosby Highway, I slowed down and leaned forward over the steering wheel, watching as the late September sky disappeared behind undulations of green and blue earth. The Great Smoky

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6,000 Acres of Blue Ridge Preserved

By Chelsey Fisher Nearly 6,000 acres of land in the Appalachian region were purchased or donated for conservation purposes in the same month Environment North Carolina released 10 reasons why the state General Assembly should restore conservation funds in the

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April 20-28 is National Park Week and includes free admissions

By Alix Johns Growing up in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., opportunities to marvel at the beauty of nature didn’t come often. Luckily, my grandparents lived Woodstock, Va., nestled in the Shenandoah Valley. On our trips to visit, we would

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