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  • A yellow and black bee lands on a bright pink/purple flower.
    Bee at a Heller’s blazing star flower. Photo by Gary Peeples, USFWS.

    High elevation plant conservation

    October 21, 2013 | 2 minute read

    Transcript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. Of the highest 41 peaks is in the Eastern United State, 40 are in the Southern Appalachians. These peaks are effectively mountaintop islands, rising above lower elevations to be outposts of cold, often moist, habitat where fir, spruce, and others trees associated with more northern climates, live. Growing on these mountaintops are a handful of endangered wildflowers found nowhere else in the world.  Learn more...

  • Bright orange flames engulf low-lying scrub in a pine tree stand.
    Prescribed fire in the Panacea Unit of St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge June 2013. Photo by Jennifer Hinckley, USFWS.

    Prescribed fire

    December 9, 2011 | 2 minute read

    Transcript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. The U.S.D.A. Forest Service recently announced prescribed burns near a pair of popular Western North Carolina recreation areas – Max Patch and Harmon Den, both in Haywood County. After 60 years of Smoky Bear, forest fire is something that can get a lot of people worried. Truth is, fire is a natural part of the landscape, however complicating things is the fact we’ve suppressed fire for so long that flammable material has built up and we’ve built our communities into the forest, putting life and property at increased risk.  Learn more...

  • A yellow and black bee lands on a bright pink/purple flower.
    Bee at a Heller’s blazing star flower. Photo by Gary Peeples, USFWS.

    Poaching a threat to our natural heritage

    January 19, 2010 | 2 minute read

    Transcript A South Dakota man was recently convicted in federal court for smuggling leopard parts into the United States in a case that exposed illegal hunting in South Africa and the laundering of rare animal parts through Zimbabwe. However, illegal trade in plants and animals is not limited to cats from Africa or orchids from South America. Sadly, it happens right here in the Southern Appalachians as well. The region is home to the bog turtle, North America’s smallest turtle, and the victim of a vibrant trade in rare reptiles despite being federally protected.  Learn more...

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