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  1. Smoky Mountain Air Podcast: David Brill talks about his GSMA title Into the Mist and writing for Smokies Life magazine

    Smoky Mountain Air Podcast: David Brill talks about his GSMA title Into the Mist and writing for Smokies Life magazine On your way to #OptOutside today, listen to our new podcast episode featuring David Brill, outdoor writer and contributor to GSMA's Smokies Life magazine. Brill is the author of Into the Mist, a collection of real-life stories depicting people caught in extreme situations in the Smokies and their dramatic struggles for survival. Into the Read more...
  2. Image for the Asking: The Ace of Sycamores

    Image for the Asking: The Ace of Sycamores Story and image by Don McGowan In reflecting on the teaching of the photographic process as it relates to the composition of images, I have understood that what is involved distills itself into two primary aspects: elements and principles; and that within these primary groupings there are a number of sub-groupings, all of which are rightly Read more...
  3. The Story of the Cades Cove Pumpkin

    The Story of the Cades Cove Pumpkin The following story originally appeared in the fall 2014 issue of Smokies Guide. Back issues of the official Great Smoky Mountains National Park newspaper are available to read online or download at the GSMA Smokies Guide archive. The Story of the Cades Cove Pumpkin The John Oliver Cabin in Cades Cove was built in 1821, three Read more...
  4. Deneen Pottery’s National Park Mugs Mark a Special Moment in Time

    Deneen Pottery’s National Park Mugs Mark a Special Moment in Time By Martha Hunter In their St. Paul studio, the Deneen family and more than 50 skilled craftspeople create beautiful and durable stoneware by hand—transforming lumps of Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio clay into lifelong keepsakes. Great Smoky Mountains Association members may know Deneen Pottery best for its line of national park mugs. From Read more...
  5. The Conservation Success Story of the Iconic Wild Turkey

     The Conservation Success Story of the Iconic Wild Turkey By Frances Figart, Creative Services Director Back when European settlers first came to Southern Appalachia, wild turkeys were plentiful. By the early 1900s, however, only a few were left, a decline that continued into the mid-century.   “Wild turkeys were nearly extirpated because of habitat loss and overharvest,” says Read more...
  6. Wild Turkeys: An Intelligent, Community-Minded Species

    Wild Turkeys: An Intelligent, Community-Minded Species By Frances Figart, Creative Services Director  When I moved to Asheville in 2013, I got a job at The Compleat Naturalist in Biltmore Village. One day a man came into the store and we got to talking about wildlife. I told him I had recently enjoyed a short film called “My Life as a Turkey.” He responded, “That’s Read more...
  7. Finding My Roots with a GSMA Membership

    Finding My Roots with a GSMA Membership By Korrin Bishop I placed a stack of maps and guidebooks on the checkout counter of the Sugarlands Visitor Center bookstore in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. “It looks like you’re trying to hike every trail in the park!” exclaimed the woman at the cash register. I nodded. She asked if I was a local. “I am,&rdquo Read more...
  8. Get a Weekly Dose of Wonder from Tremont

    Get a Weekly Dose of Wonder from Tremont By John DiDiego, Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont Education Director Psychology research continues to find that experiences of wonder and awe are associated with a host of positive emotions and outcomes—from physical and mental wellbeing, to healing, to what are known as ‘prosocial behaviors.’ As educators, we Read more...
  9. Image for the Asking: When the Color Comes Leapin’ Up

    Image for the Asking: When the Color Comes Leapin’ Up Story and image by Don McGowan It is closely estimated that William Marion Walker, variously known as Black Bill or Big Bill, owned more than five thousand acres, or about eight square miles, of prime valley and mountain ridge land in the Tremont and Tuckaleechee areas of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Blount County, TN. Included in Read more...
  10. Study Adds to Knowledge of Fire-enhanced Fungi

    Study Adds to Knowledge of Fire-enhanced Fungi By Frances Figart, Creative Director Our park has among the highest diversity of fungi in North America. There are more than 3,000 documented species, probably a significant underestimation of the true numbers according to fungi experts, or mycologists. A mysterious type is called pyrophilous fungi. It has long been thought that their Read more...

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