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The Why of Wind By Steve Roark TN Dept. Agriculture, Forestry Division

We’ve had some pretty blustery weather lately, demonstrating how powerful wind and weather can be.  Maybe you haven’t thought about it since 8th grade science, but it might be interesting to review why we have wind at all.   Wind … Continue reading

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Dealing With Blisters By: Steve Roark Tennessee Division of Forestry

A blister is your body’s way of telling you to ease off on what you’re doing, whether it’s a long hike or chopping wood.  They are of course the result of too much friction, possibly from poor fitting shoes or … Continue reading

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Fear of Snakes By Steve Roark TN Dept. Agriculture, Forestry Division

I don’t know of anybody that doesn’t respond in fear when they stumble across a snake in the woods or the tool shed.  The usual reaction is to jump back and express a four letter metaphor.  I do it myself, … Continue reading

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Buckeye By: Steve Roark TN Dept Agriculture, Forestry Division

Buckeye is fairly common in our area, normally found in mountain hollows along with yellow poplar, beech and other moisture loving trees.  It is one of the species used to indicate a very diverse forest type called mixed mesophytic, the … Continue reading

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Listen to the Mockingbird…All Night By Steve Roark TN Dept. Agriculture, Forestry Division

Two incidents happened to me recently that both involved a mockingbird, so I took it as a sign that I should to write about them. Recently I was in bed with the TV on, and it was like 11 at … Continue reading

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Enjoy a Local Rare River By Steve Roark TN Dept. of Agriculture, Forestry Division

The Powell River is truly one of our area’s most unique natural areas and one that is greatly underutilized. It offers fantastic scenery, fishing and paddling opportunities, wildlife viewing, and a wide array of tree and plant species to enjoy. … Continue reading

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Fishing Weather By: Steve Roark TN Dept. Agriculture, Forestry Division

The arrival of warm weather always generates an interest in fishing.  Since I am not very good at it I sometimes resort to weather lore to tell me when the fish will bite and as an excuse if they don’t. … Continue reading

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