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Cathryn McCue

Drivers in North Carolina and Tennessee who buy the “Friends of the Smokies” specialty license plate have raised more than $15 million since the program started 20 years ago Read more

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Thanks to a community-driven effort in Buncombe County, North Carolina to reduce energy use, Duke Energy said in April it would shelve a proposed new natural gas fired power plant at Lake Julian. Read more

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Prompted by somewhat unusual circumstances, the Blue Ridge Conservancy has protected 174 acres in Watauga County that include key habitat for the federally endangered Virginia long-eared bat. Read more

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Elk viewing is to be improved in the Virginia mountains. Read more

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Chestnut Leaves

Erik Gerhardt

Almost 20,000 acres of the Cherokee National Forest officially became part of America’s protected wilderness on March 12, when the president signed into law a package of wilderness bills totaling 1.7 million acres nationwide. Read more

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The Canaan Valley of West Virginia is home to some 580 plant species. Read more

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A teeny, colorful fish found only in a few West Virginia rivers has been added to the nation’s list of endangered species, meaning extra care must be taken to preserve its limited habitat. Read more

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Virginia and North Carolina join initiative to cut carbon emissions. Read more

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Steve Orr

Efforts at preservation began in 2009, and were accomplished in multiple transactions. Read more

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Another 110 acres of North Carolina mountains will be preserved for ecological health and public enjoyment thanks to the Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina. Read more

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The historic site, where minors and lawmen clashed in 1921, has been put back on the National Register of Historic Places. Read more

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Linn Cove Viaduct

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The Blue Ridge Parkway’s signature structure, the Linn Cove Viaduct, helps lure visitors. Read more

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Locke Ogens

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Locke Ogens, director of The Nature Conservancy in Virginia, on protecting that state’s highest-conservation-value lands: “This is a smart approach.” Read more

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Cherokee County farm gains easement. Read more

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But should lands be restored to accommodate the big cats? Read more

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Scenic sunrise, Dolly Sods, West Virginia

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Almost 1,200 acres of the unique landscape of the Dolly Sods and Canaan Valley region have been purchased by The Nature Conservancy. Read more

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Kent Mason

And in West Virginia, a stretch of the Wild Cheat River is made a wildlife management area. Read more

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It will be the most extensive survey of the 2,180-mile trail in its 90-year history. Read more

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Deer

Joanna Pecha

The white-tail, a part of Indian life for centuries, had been hunted to near-extinction in western North Carolina. Read more

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Grassy Ridge Property

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Also, a 601-acre, 6,000-foot-elevation tract near Roan Mountain is protected. Read more

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