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Conservation Groups Purchase Land in Western North Carolina

Strawberry Gap

This spring, two land trust groups purchased a total of 190 acres of unprotected land in North Carolina’s Buncombe, Henderson and Caldwell counties.

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Pine Mountain One Step Closer to Full Protection

The Kentucky Natural Lands Trust preserved an additional 2,050 acres on Pine Mountain, extending a project to protect a corridor of land across the 125-mile-long mountain.

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Expanded Conservation Tax Incentive Made Permanent

In December, Congress made permanent an increased tax break for landowners wanting to protect their property for future generations by placing it under a conservation easement.

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Resilient Landscapes for a Shifting Environment

An ecologist aims to help identify and preserve tracts of land that are most likely to help species survive in a changing climate.

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Tennessee Invests in Main Street

By Nolen Nychay The Main Street Festival of Gallatin, Tenn., celebrates its 16th anniversary this October, keeping community traditions alive with local music and homemade food and craft vendors. Last year, the event drew more than 25,000 visitors looking to

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The Conception of Wild Ideas: Scientists Confront Conservation Challenges of Our Times

This essay by Travis Belote, Greg Aplet, and Pete McKinley ran abridged in the print version of The Appalachian Voice. 1934 was a big year for conservation in the southern Appalachians. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park was established in

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The Custodian’s Conundrum

Humanity’s immense influence on the landscape begs the question: How do we best care for the Silent Majority? By Molly Moore A swarthy tree trunk stands in a small clearing, a gap in the forest canopy created by its once-thick

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Rooted: The Evolution of America’s Conservation Movement

“Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit.” Edward Abbey, The “Thoreau of the American West” in Desert Solitaire By Brian Sewell In 1963, when the first woman to receive the Audubon Award for achievements in

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This is OUR LAND

Imagining a Land Ethic for a New Era By Brian Sewell There is no shortage of writers who have made the case for conservation and abundant public lands in which all Americans can take pride. It was Wallace Stegner, the

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The Qualla Creators

Conserving Cherokee Traditions By Molly Moore On the Qualla Boundary, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians’ reservation, local resources have inspired arts traditions for generations. Today the community’s rich arts heritage is flourishing. The town of Cherokee, N.C.,positioned at the

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