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It’s Blackberry Season

It’s Blackberry Season By Steve Roark Volunteer Interpreter, Cumberland Gap National Park The blackberry (Rubus allegheniensis) is a plant known for its delicious fruit this time of year and nasty thorns any time of year that make walking through a … Continue reading

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Sourwood Blooms, a Beekeeper’s Delight

Sourwood Blooms, a Beekeeper’s Delight By: Steve Roark Volunteer Interpreter, Cumberland Gap National Historical Park Sourwood does not stand out in the forest except this time of year when it is in bloom, and perhaps in the fall when it … Continue reading

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Fishing for Bluegill

Fishing for Bluegill By Steve Roark Tennessee Division of Forestry Bluegill are a fun fish to catch and eat.  They will bite at almost anything, are fierce fighters when hooked, and offer meat with a slightly sweet taste.  Most folks … Continue reading

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When Hand Washing First Became a Big Deal

When Hand Washing First Became a Big Deal By Steve Roark Volunteer Interpreter, Cumberland Gap National Historical Park Hand washing has certainly come to the forefront these days, and rightfully so.  The experts say frequent and thorough hand washing is … Continue reading

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Utility Lines Versus Trees

Utility Lines Versus Trees By Steve Roark Utility Services are what makes our homes comfortable, providing electricity, water, sewage disposal, etc.  It’s easy to forget that these services are provided through wires and pipes that are overhead or below ground.  … Continue reading

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Transplanting Trees Requires a Game Plan

Transplanting Trees Requires a Game Plan By: Steve Roark There are occasions when you need to move a tree or shrub from one place to another, or perhaps you want to try your hand at moving a tree from the … Continue reading

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Looking at Lichens

Looking at Lichens By: Steve Roark The above high rainfall we’ve had past couple of years seems to have caused a boost in lichens. Lichens are those flat light green blotches or hair-like tufts you see growing on tree bark … Continue reading

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Arbor Day Tree Wisdom

Arbor Day Tree Wisdom By: Steve Roark Arbor Day is approaching for our local states (TN March 6, KY April 3, VA April 24), and it’s a worthy recognition of the importance of trees in our lives. Here in the … Continue reading

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Feel the Wild Side with Barred Owls

Feel the Wild Side with Barred Owls By Steve Roark The most common owl that I run across locally is the Barred Owl (Strix varia) but have only seen them a handful of times. But I know they visit my … Continue reading

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Winter Wildlife Cuisine

Winter Wildlife Cuisine By: Steve Roark Browse is a wildlife term referring to food in the form of woody twigs and buds found on trees, shrubs, and vines.  Since more nutritious and palatable food is available during the growing season, … Continue reading

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