From the majestic swoop of a bald eagle clutching a fish in its talons to the awe-inspiring Great Smoky Mountains, nature is amazing and inspirational. Nature can be devastating as well.   The last decade has been the warmest on record for North Carolina, with 2019 registering as the hottest year yet. We are still recovering…

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Southern flounder historically supported North Carolina’s most valuable inshore commercial finfish fishery and remains a highly sought after recreational species.  This species has been overfished since at least 1989, and efforts to rebuild this population through a North Carolina Fishery Management Plan (FMP) have been ongoing since 2003 with little success. A sustainable southern flounder…

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Whether it’s acorns filling the bellies of black bear, maple trees providing leaves for caterpillars to munch, or clumps of pine trees offering nesting for brown-headed nuthatches, trees are essential for wildlife. Trees also improve water and air quality, reduce pollution and help lower temperatures by providing shade. Trees make significant contributions to our communities…

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