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Cathryn McCue
400 Acres of Tears Trail Protected
AND IN WEST VIRGINIA, A STRETCH OF THE WILD CHEAT RIVER IS
MADE A WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA.
West Virginia's Cheat River Canyon (both photos), has been protected as part of the Cheat Canyon Wildlife Management Area.
1 2 3 4 5
Regional
Almost 400 acres of hallowed
ground in
Tennessee and North
Carolina surrounding a
section of the Trail of
Tears National Historic
Trail have been conveyed
to public ownership by
the nonprofit
Conservation Fund,
which bought the land
last year. This section of
the 4,900-mile trail was
a primary route for the
forced relocation of
Cherokee people to
Oklahoma in the 1800s.
The newly protected
land will be managed by
the U.S. Forest Service,
National Park Service,
the Cherokee and Creek
tribes, and other
entities.
conservationfund.org
Georgia
To the dismay of local
environmentalists, the
U.S. Forest Service has
proposed a massive
timber project on the
Chattahoochee
National Forest -
roughly 2,300 acres in
the Cooper Creek
watershed, including
many stands of oldgrowth
forest, a diminishing
resource on
public lands in the Blue
Ridge region. "It seems
as if the whole project
is based on the idea of
finding the very best
and oldest timber and
cutting it down," says
Jim Walker, with
Georgia ForestWatch,
which is opposing the
project. gafw.org
North Carolina
The Southern
Appalachian Highlands
Conservancy recently
purchased the 58-acre
Big Rock Creek tract in
the Highlands of Roan,
and the 77-acre Rice
Creek tract near the
Rocky Fork wilderness
area of Unicoi County in
Tennessee. And the
Conservation Trust for
North Carolina purchased
the 47-acre
Jackson Knob tract in
Mitchell County, bringing
to a total of 31,408
acres along the Blue
Ridge Parkway protected
by the trust.
Generous funding from
Fred and Alice Stanback
of North Carolina
enabled all three projects.
sahc.org, ctnc.org
Tennessee
Dozens of Greene
County residents filed
suit in October in an
attempt to stop U.S.
Nitrogen Co. from
building a 10-mile pipeline
from its industrial
plant in Midway to the
Nolichucky River. The
residents are concerned
that withdrawing 2 million
gallons per day
from the river, and
returning potentially
contaminated wastewater
would harm the
river's endangered
aquatic life and recreational
value. If the
pipeline is completed,
at least two other companies
have plans to
also withdraw water
from the Nolichucky.
savethenolichucky.org
West Virginia
After years of work and
$7 million in public and
private funding, West
Virginia opened the new
Cheat Canyon Wildlife
Management Area in
September. A 3,800acre
natural gem, the
area protects the spectacular
view from
Coopers Rock overlook,
as well as seven miles of
the Cheat River, one of
the most wild, ecologically
intact river sections
in Central Appalachia.
The area features ample
public access to the
Allegheny Trail, a whitewater
and kayaking
mecca, fishing and
hunting opportunities,
and more than 10
endangered, threatened
or rare species. nature.
org/westvirginia
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KENT MASON
http://www.gafw.org http://www.nature.org/westvirginia http://www.savethenolichucky.org http://www.conservationfund.org http://www.sahc.org http://www.ctnc.org http://www.nature.org/westvirginia

Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015

Letters
From the Editor & Digital Help Guide
Mill Creek Stories
Creature Feature
The Hike
Great Buys
Mountain Report
Country Roads
Creature Feature
Festivals & Events
The Curios: Our Annual Compendium of the Strange
North Georgia: A Foodie Haven
Why We Travel: The Photoessay
The 2015 Blue Ridge Country Travel Guide: A Year of Experiences
The Weekend: Harpers Ferry and Western Maryland
The Old Stone Chimney
Cabin in the Woods: Fiddler’s Roost
Mountain Garden
Guest Column: Author Stephanie Jeffries
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - Intro
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - Cover1
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 2
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 3
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 4
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - Letters
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - From the Editor & Digital Help Guide
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 7
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - Mill Creek Stories
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - Creature Feature
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - The Hike
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 11
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - Great Buys
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - Mountain Report
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 14
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 15
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - Country Roads
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 17
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 18
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - Creature Feature
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - Festivals & Events
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 21
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 22
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - The Curios: Our Annual Compendium of the Strange
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 24
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 25
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 26
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - North Georgia: A Foodie Haven
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 28
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 29
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 30
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 31
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 32
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 33
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - Why We Travel: The Photoessay
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 35
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 36
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 37
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - The 2015 Blue Ridge Country Travel Guide: A Year of Experiences
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 39
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 40
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 41
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 42
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Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 50
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 51
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 52
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 53
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - The Weekend: Harpers Ferry and Western Maryland
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 55
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 56
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 57
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 58
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 59
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - The Old Stone Chimney
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - Cabin in the Woods: Fiddler’s Roost
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 62
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 63
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - Mountain Garden
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 65
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - Guest Column: Author Stephanie Jeffries
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - Cover3
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