Word From the Smokies

Word from the Smokies is a weekly column that prints on Saturdays in the Asheville Citizen Times. Helping to raise awareness about park issues, initiatives, and successes, we reach up to 60,000 readers with these educational articles published in an important North Carolina park gateway community. To read, click on the headline and the article will open in a new window. 



 Smokies Live, June 18, 2022

June 18, 2022: Bodacious Bear to help BearWise team raise funds

June 11, 2022: Stage Set for wildlife enhancements on I-40

June 4, 2022: Discovering intersection of history, nature

May 28, 2022: Renovator breathes life into Cataloochee structures

May 14, 2022: Aspiring Naturalists join DLiA eco-adventure

May 7, 2022: Writer in residence finally gets to popular park

April 30, 2022: Parks shine a light on the magic of fireflies

April 23, 2022: Plant life makes comeback after 2016 wildfires

April 16, 2022: GIS makes it simpler to map a complex park

April 9, 2022: Dazzling lights endanger birds

April 2, 2022: Marker honors pioneering photographer

March 26, 2022: Taking a walk across ancient land

March 19, 2022: Data monitoring protects species for long haul

March 12, 2022: Convergence of diversity in Natural History room

March 5, 2022: TEDx speaker champions safe passage

February 26, 2022: Northern river otters stage a comeback

February 19, 2022: African American project makes invisible visible

February 12, 2022: A Day in life of Forestry Technician Kate Beckner

February 5, 2022: Remembering Poet Laureate Ella V. Costner

January 29, 2022: A brief history of air quality monitoring

January 15, 2022: More Walk, less talk — a New Year's resolution 

January 8, 2022: Science and Education Center Conceived 40 Years Ago

December 26, 2021: Fates perform on video benefiting Safe Passage

December 18, 2021: Community scientists discover 70+ new species

December 11, 2021: Supervisory forester leaves legacy of preservation

December 4, 2021: Wilson helps provide safe passage for wildlife

November 27, 2021: Learn something from the wild turkey

November 20, 2021: Artist Elizabeth Ellison is pure Smokies

November 13, 2021: Keys to wildlife crossings in Pigeon River Gorge

October 23, 2021: Bats hang in the balance in wake of disease

October 16, 2021: Professor discovers 4 new snakes in 6 years

October 9, 2021: Volunteer preserves Smokies' plant diversity

October 2, 2021: Park scientists, writers reflect on 'habitat'

September 25, 2021: Two firefly species seen for first time

September 18, 2021: Safety first as elk herd enters 20th rut season

September 11, 2021: Wildlife biologist helps elk return to Appalachia

September 4, 2021: Teen conservation leaders get new perspective

August 28, 2021: A chance encounter with Russula mushrooms

August 21, 2021: Podcast explores influence of Black musicians

August 14, 2021: 21,183 species described in park – and DLiA keeps on discovering

August 7, 2021: Park leads in science of 'water bears'

July 31, 2021: Plan like a ranger when you visit parks

July 24, 2021: Internship bridges an educational gap

July 17, 2021: Saving our Smokies by picking up one piece of litter at a time

July 10, 2021: Road ecology comes to Southern Appalachia

July 3, 2021: Time to try birding beyond the backyard

June 26, 2021: BearWise basics can save lives

June 19, 2021: A firefly season recap from the experts

June 12, 2021: Meet wild creatures native to 'sky islands'

June 5, 2021: Retired biology professor still digs research

May 29, 2021: 'Raingers' aid understanding of rainfall

May 15, 2021: Science series returns with eye on butterflies

May 8, 2021: The cicada-pocalypse is nigh

May 1, 2021: Charismatic beetles light up the night

April 24, 2021: Monarch butterflies are coming soon

April 17, 2021: How Oconee bells led botanists on a 200-year wild botanical goose chase

April 3, 2021: 3rd year of sochan gathering for Cherokee

March 20, 2021: NC father-daughter team discovers aquatic organism

March 6, 2021: Children's book looks at need for wildlife crossings

February 20, 2021: Writer makes Great Smokies her park

February 13, 2021: Biological science technician loves her 'muddy, sweaty' work

February 6, 2021: Entomologist reflects on role of women in science

January 30, 2021: Beyond the shadow of the woodchuck

January 23, 2021: Smokies birds may have benefited from Clean Air Act

January 16, 2021: NC field station enhances park research

December 19, 2020: New bee discovered after fire

December 5, 2020: Wildlife biologist for Eastern Band of Cherokee shares indigenous knowledge

November 21, 2020: The conservation success story of the iconic wild turkey

November 14, 2020: Wild turkeys are intelligent, community-minded

October 31, 2020: Study adds to knowledge of fire-enhanced fungi

October 25, 2020: Pandemic creates hardship for longtime sorghum demonstrators

October 3, 2020: Come and explore the controversy, mystery and awe of Kephart's legacy

September 26, 2020: Assassin bugs discovered in Smokies

September 19, 2020: Don't kill It! Spiders protect us from disease

September 12, 2020: Grassy balds are the place to be during the pandemic

August 29, 2020: The tiny beetle who acts as janitor and farmer to our forests

August 22, 2020: Ellison and McCue: Kephart brought them together

August 1, 2020: The Great American Outdoors Act will mean upgrades for the Smokies

July 26, 2020: Park Superintendent Cash launches Hikes for Healing

July 18, 2020: Meet the ranger who works to prevent search and rescue

July 5, 2020: The Obscure Tale of the Appalachian Cottontail

June 27, 2020: Great American Outdoors Act will be a game changer

June 21, 2020: Saving aquatic wildlife becomes education park ranger's passion

May 31, 2020: Bear without boundaries: Social media complicates living with bears today

May 24, 2020: The unintended consequences of accidentally feeding bears

May 17, 2020: Let's get back to the basics to avoid conflicts with bears

May 10, 2020: Small species play big role in Great Smokies

May 3, 2020: Give it up for the birds – there's no time like the present to watch and learn

April 26, 2020: How to get your firefly-watching fix

April 19, 2020: What Horace Kephart can teach us about solitude, simplicity

April 5, 2020: Decisions to close the Smokies builds on legacy of paradox and radical thinking