Tag: Safe Passage

  1. Safe Passage facilitator Jeff Hunter named Wildlife Conservationist of the Year

    Safe Passage facilitator Jeff Hunter named Wildlife Conservationist of the Year Work hard; play harder. This catchy philosophy of work-life balance can be aptly ascribed to Jeffrey Hunter of Burnsville, an avid long-distance hiker and fan of the Grateful Dead who was recently named Wildlife Conservationist of the Year in the North Carolina Wildlife Federation’s Governor’s Conservation Awards. Read more...
  2. Stage Is Set for Wildlife Enhancements on Interstate 40

    Stage Is Set for Wildlife Enhancements on Interstate 40 If you’ve traveled Interstate 40 between Asheville and Knoxville lately, you know there is some construction going on not far from the boundary of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. But what exactly is happening? Interstate 40 sees more than 28,500 vehicles per day between Asheville, North Carolina, and Knoxville, Tennessee Read more...
  3. TEDx Speaker Champions Safe Passage Project for Wildlife

    TEDx Speaker Champions Safe Passage Project for Wildlife When Nikki Robinson walked out onto the stage during the final dress rehearsal for TEDx Asheville last month, the spotlights of the Diana Wortham Theatre shining in her eyes, she thought, “This is what it feels like to be a deer in the headlights.” And then she smiled and relaxed a bit, realizing the irony of that thought. After Read more...
  4. The Fates lend their voices to new music video benefiting Safe Passage project

    The Fates lend their voices to new music video benefiting Safe Passage project The Fates — vocalist and guitarist Natalie Karrh, vocalist, pianist and bassist Lexi McGraw, and vocalist and violinist Bella Wells-Fried (left to right) — captured inside the graffiti-riddled tunnel in Unicoi County, TN, that provides their safe passage under the highway in the new music video “Safe Passage: Read more...
  5. Travis Wilson Helps Provide Safe Passage for Wildlife Near the Park

    Travis Wilson Helps Provide Safe Passage for Wildlife Near the Park Biologist Travis W. Wilson spends his days on the road—literally. It’s his job to assess the impacts of transportation projects and their effects on the fish and wildlife of North Carolina. As the Eastern Department of Transportation Habitat Conservation Coordinator with North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC), Wilson Read more...
  6. Research Holds Key to Wildlife Crossing Success on I-40 in the Pigeon River Gorge

    Research Holds Key to Wildlife Crossing Success on I-40 in the Pigeon River Gorge On November 3, the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) announced that when it begins to replace the Harmon Den bridge on Interstate 40 between Asheville and Knoxville later this month, a wildlife underpass will be included in the construction. Just 48 hours later, the House passed a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill including $ Read more...
  7. Storybook Trail Returns in October with “A Search for Safe Passage”

    Storybook Trail Returns in October with “A Search for Safe Passage” Great Smoky Mountains Association’s most recent book release for younger readers will soon be featured on the Storybook Trail of the Smokies—an initiative dedicated to promoting literacy in nature. A partnership between the park, the University of Tennessee Extension Cocke County Office, and educational park partner Great Smoky Read more...
  8. Road Ecology Comes to Southern Appalachia

    Road Ecology Comes to Southern Appalachia By Frances Figart, Creative Services Director On July 1, the United States House of Representatives passed the INVEST in America Act to reauthorize funding for transportation projects across the country. Aiming to protect biodiversity, stimulate the economy, and reduce highway fatalities, the bill proposes $400 million for projects to reduce Read more...
  9. Save the Date and Save Wildlife

    Save the Date and Save Wildlife

    What is it about the humble wall calendar that explains its enduring popularity well into the digital era?

    I guess in the same way that physical mail now feels more novel than emails, or our printed photos have become more precious than the thousands of files stored on our phones, a wall calendar hanging in the kitchen or office has a much-appreciated presence we just don’t want to let go of yet. Even if I rarely use mine for actual scheduling purposes, I like to hang one just for its aesthetic qualities and look forward to flipping the page each month.

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  10. New Book Teaches Youth About Need for Wildlife Crossings

    New Book Teaches Youth About Need for Wildlife Crossings By Frances Figart, Creative Services Director When I started working at Great Smoky Mountains Association in 2017, I figured I would write a book at some point in my tenure. But I never dreamed I would become the author of a children’s book. The impetus for it goes back to my own childhood, which was idyllic. I grew up in Eastern Read more...

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