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  • A biologist in snorkle gear holds up a large fish.
    Jay Mays pulls a golden redhorse from the fyke net. Oconaluftee River. Photo by Gary Peeples, USFWS.

    Sicklefin redhorse conservation

    December 29, 2014 | 2 minute read

    Transcript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. Every seat in the conference room was filled, with more chairs brought in for the overflow. In the room were aquatic biologists, geneticists, fish propagation experts, dam management experts – a host of biologists offering what they knew about the sicklefin redhorse. The sicklefin is no small fish – growing up to 25 inches long, and it’s found only in the western tip of North Carolina and a tiny portion of north Georgia, and it’s a candidate for inclusion on the federal endangered species list.  Learn more...

  • Bright orange and red trees cover a fall landscape of mountains and vallies
    Pisgah National Forest. Photo by Jeff Gunn, CC BY 2.0.

    Hiking challenges

    December 15, 2014 | 2 minute read

    Transcript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. It’s a new year, full of promise and opportunity. It’s the annual clean slate, when we look ahead, full of thoughts about how to enrich our minds and bodies, and generally become better people. Fortunately the folks over at the Carolina Mountain Club present us with wonderful opportunities to exercise, experience all the goodness that comes from being in the great outdoors, and offers us a chance at a sense of accomplishment.  Learn more...

  • Water flows through a lush green forest
    Cold Springs Creek runs through Pisgah National Forest. Photo by Jim Liestman, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

    Pisgah National Forest restoration

    December 8, 2014 | 2 minute read

    Transcript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. Nearly 6,000 acres of Pisgah National Forest’s Grandfather Ranger District were restored this past year, thanks to the help of numerous partners. The Grandfather district is a 192,000-acre portion of the forest, stretching from Old Fort to Blowing Rock. The 6,000-acre effort is part of the 10-year restoration effort that will touch 40,000 acres. The project is restoring fire-adapted ecosystems, increasing stream health, controlling non-native species and protecting hemlocks against hemlock woolly adelgids.  Learn more...

  • Ozone

    November 24, 2014 | 2 minute read

    Transcript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature We hear people talk about ground-level ozone as an air pollution problem. On high-ozone days, we’re cautioned against outdoor activity for the good of our lungs, and elevated ozone can impact plants – damaging the leaves of plants sensitive to ozone. Ozone is not emitted directly, but forms in the air when nitrogen oxides, largely from auto exhaust and power plants, react with hydrocarbons on hot, sunny days with little wind.  Learn more...

  • A river running through a frozen valley.
    Pine Creek at dusk, Lycoming County, as seen from the Pine Creek Rail-Trail. Photo by Nicholas A. Tonelli, CC BY 2.0.

    Future of southern forests

    November 17, 2014 | 2 minute read

    Transcript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. The U.S. Forest Service, has begun taking a predictive look at the future of Southern forests, coming out with an initial report looking at the Southern Appalachians. The results aren’t especially unexpected, but still warrant the attention of forest users and community leaders, because it does show a change in our forests and how they are used. The Forest Service found that our Appalachian forests aren’t heavily influenced by wood prices, like softwood forests of the Piedmont and coastal plain, however, they do face the threat of conversion into a developed landscape with a growing population.  Learn more...

  • Snail with a large orange and black shell.
    Interrupted rocksnail. Photo by Tom Tarpley, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

    Roadmap to recovery

    November 10, 2014 | 2 minute read

    Transcript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. The interrupted rocksnail, rough hornsnail, and Georgia pigtoe mussel are all endangered species, having disappeared from 90 percent or more of their historical ranges, largely due to the damming of rivers where they live. All three are native to the Coosa River drainage in Alabama and North Georgia, the Georgia pigtoe also occurring in east Tennessee. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently came out with a road map for recovering these animals.  Learn more...

  • A mountainous overlook
    Cataloochee Valley overlook. Photo by Carl Wycoff, CC BY 2.0.

    Cataloochee heritage

    November 3, 2014 | 2 minute read

    Transcript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. In 1910, there were 1251 people living in Cataloochee Valley – divided between Little and Big Cataloochee, making it collectively the largest community in the Smoky Mountains at the time. The coming of Great Smoky Mountains National Park brought an end to the community, but the creation of the park also meant the preservation of several buildings in the Cataloochee Valley, providing us a glimpse of what life was like there one hundred years ago.  Learn more...

  • A stack of aged firewood
    Firewood. Photo by Chris Warren, CC BY-NC 2.0.

    Great Smoky Mountains National Park and heat-treated firewood

    July 28, 2014 | 2 minute read

    Transcript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. Officials at Great Smoky Mountains National Park are proposing to help protect park forests by further limiting the type of firewood brought into the park. Non-native, tree-killing insects and diseases can be unknowingly introduced into the park through firewood transported from infested areas. The park proposes reducing this threat by changing park rules to allow only heat-treated wood to be brought into the park for campground fires.  Learn more...

  • Three furry bats hang from the wet ceiling of a cave.
    Trio of tri-colored bats. Photo by Gary Peeples, USFWS.

    Forest Service caves closed

    July 21, 2014 | 2 minute read

    Transcript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. As the fatal bat disease white nose syndrome continues to spread, leaving millions of dead bats in its wake, land managers continue working to check its spread. In an effort to prevent the human spread of the disease by clothes or equipment, most federal and state caves have been closed to the public, and the Regional Forester for the Southern Region of the U.  Learn more...

  • Birds splashing water as they fly off of a lake.
    Information icon Mallards taking flight. Photo by Tom Koerner, USFWS.

    Duck populations

    July 14, 2014 | 2 minute read

    Transcript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. Seeing redhead ducks in the local pond on my drive home from work is a little treat. Overall redheads aren’t rare ducks, but the Southern Appalachians are not a hotbed of duck activity and it’s nice to see some migrant ducks amidst the resident mallards that seem to dominate the local waterfowl scene. Duck populations have increased in overall abundance over last year, and their habitat conditions have improved, according to the U.  Learn more...

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