More than One Century

John Humphrey is 102 years old and his trees are about the same age. While that’s a long lifespan for a person, it’s still young for a tree. John, a conservation trailblazer, looks out at his forests and imagines the trees growing to be 500.

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Best of 2018

Here’s our 8 top stories from 2018—from an epic mountain biking trail to pristine trout streams to a rare mountain bog. But we can’t choose a favorite. Which one means the most to you?

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The Mountain Behind the School

Little White Oak Mountain, behind Polk County Middle School, will become a new local park, with up to 10 miles of trails for hiking and biking. That’s great news for the kids in hiking club.

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Conservation Burial Ground Protected

Would you want to go back to nature when you’re gone? Carolina Memorial Sanctuary in Mills River offers a place for people to return their loved ones to the earth, in harmony with nature.

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Welcome to Headwaters State Forest

Lovers of the Southern Appalachian Mountains now have 6,730 more acres to explore, with the opening of Headwaters State Forest! The forest is a mountain wonderland featuring beautiful waterfalls, pristine trout streams, and rare mountain bogs.

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