The Kudzu Warriors

Greg Miner says his coworkers would look at him like he was crazy when they heard about his volunteer work. They’d tell him kudzu is an impossible problem. Turns out kudzu is tough, but it’s not impossible.

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A Passion for Wildlife

After a whirlwind romance, Dale Weiler and Loti Woods dedicated themselves to helping endangered wildlife. Dale says, “Her passion for nature and wildlife rekindled mine.”

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A River for All Ages

Susan Brown, coordinator of the volunteer group Transylvania French Broad Stewards, finds that delight in nature can lead to a commitment to good stewardship.

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What the River Wants

Gigantic muskellunge—or muskie—have long made their home in the French Broad River. They’re a favorite of anglers. But today’s French Broad is a challenging habitat for muskie. An ambitious floodplain restoration could help bring them back.

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A Giving Garden

Delaney Cullen wanted to start a garden at her library—the Mountains Branch Library near Lake Lure. But she was only five. How was a little kid going to do that?

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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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The Kingdom of the Happy Land

Storyteller Ronnie Pepper keeps local history alive with his telling of the Kingdom of the Happy Land—a community of freedmen who settled near Tuxedo just after the Civil War.

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The Snowy Forest

“Don’t your senses feel sharper?” Mattie asks, as snow crystals sparkle. An Episcopal oblate and Zen meditator who lives in Bat Cave, Mattie may soon lead forest bathing experiences for Conserving Carolina.

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Magical Appalachia

When David Campbell was a boy in Canada, he says, “Appalachia sounded like a magical word to me.” As a botanist, he revels in the biodiversity of the Melrose Falls preserve near Saluda.

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