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2011-07-19 08:50:00

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn., July 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Lumberjack Sports International's Great Smoky Mountain Lumberjack Feud launched a road show in recent days, set to appear in six Southeastern and Midwestern cities. The mobile demonstration of the Lumberjack Feud's action-packed, family-friendly show features skills of its professional forest sport athletes. To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please click:...

2011-07-06 13:31:00

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn., July 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Lumberjack Sports International will open its new Great Smoky Mountain Lumberjack Feud Aug. 26, 2011, introducing a dynamic and athletically charged performance venue to the Pigeon Forge family destination landscape. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110706/CL31011LOGO ) The $10 million, 34,000-square-foot Lumberjack Feud attraction will offer up to three dinner shows every evening of the week after its grand opening. The...

2010-12-02 00:00:44

American Patriot Getaways, leading Smoky Mountains cabin rental company, achieves measurable increase in revenue due to low-cost social media marketing campaign. Chicago, IL (PRWEB) December 1, 2010 American Patriot Getaways, the premier host of Tennessee's Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg cabins and chalets recently used the winning combination of social media marketing and good old sweepstakes to not only boost connections with their customer base online, but also to bring in more revenue than...

2009-10-21 10:46:00

WASHINGTON, Oct. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Park Foundation is inviting schools across the country to explore the biodiversity of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in an Electronic Field Trip (EFT) on Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009. The program, which includes interactive lesson plans and games leading up to the EFT, is free for participating schools and is targeted to elementary and middle school youth. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090630/DC40408LOGO ) "All...

2008-08-06 09:00:31

GATLINBURG, Tenn. _ A decade ago, scientists decided it would be smart to know exactly what plants and animals populate America's most-visited national park, the Great Smokies. Today they are 16,570 species into the nation's largest biological roundup, known in science-talk as the "All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory" or ATBI. Maybe twice as many species are yet to be found, but that's just a guess. The casual visitor, jockeying to park at a crowded Smokies overlook, might expect the staff to...

2008-08-05 03:00:24

By FROM STAFF REPORTS DAY TRIPS NEW! Aug. 7 'Little Women' Travel to the Blue Ridge Dinner Theatre at Ferrum College to see the musical version of the classic novel. $39. Hosted by Roanoke County Parks, Recreation and Tourism. 772-7529, roanokecountyparks.com. NEW! Aug. 12 Mystery trip Registration ends today for Christiansburg Recreation Center's second annual mystery trip to an unknown destination. Trip departs the center at 4 a.m. Aug. 12. For ages 21 and older. $55. 382-2349....

2008-07-29 12:00:49

By Morgan Simmons, The Knoxville News Sentinel, Tenn. Jul. 28--Visitors to the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area will notice improved services throughout the park this summer thanks to a federal funding increase. The additional funding is part of President Bush's Centennial Initiative, which calls for $1 billion during the next 10 years to help parks prepare for the National Park Service's 100th anniversary in 2016. This year, in addition to its $4.2 million base...

2008-07-26 03:00:23

By Laurie Edwards The Department of Environmental Quality currently is reviewing Appalachian Power's permit application to continue operating the Smith Mountain Project, a hydroelectric powerhouse consisting of Smith Mountain and Leesville dams. The application is part of Appalachian's relicensing process through Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The current license expires in 2010. Joe Hassel of DEQ will lead a public hearing on Aug. 7 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Gretna High School...

2008-07-05 09:00:14

By Debra McCown, Bristol Herald Courier, Va. Jul. 5--ABINGDON, Va. -- The region's forests are not what they used to be. Never mind old-timers' talk about the days before clear-cutting and construction; the problem is much more sinister. One by one, native tree species are falling victim to foreign insects that take no prisoners, and experts say it's only going to get worse. Walking through the woods today, it's nearly impossible to find an American chestnut, the durable hardwood...

2007-04-19 06:00:00

By Abrams, Marc D No species in the eastern United States better exemplifies a ubiquitous yet subordinate tree than does blackgum (Nyssa sylvatica). What enables blackgum to grow nearly everywhere, but almost always at very low densities? It is the longest-lived hardwood species in the eastern United States, with a maximum age that can exceed 650 years. It is inherently slow growing, which most likely explains its great longevity and high shade tolerance; it is also one of the few tree...


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Spruce Fir Moss Spider, Microhexura montivaga
2013-08-26 12:08:18

The Spruce Fir Moss Spider (Microhexura montivaga) is an endangered species of spider that can be found at high elevations in the southern Appalachian Mountains. Initially identified in 1923, they inhabit moss that grows on rocks under the forest canopy. It is one of the smallest mygalomorph spiders, with the adults only measuring 3 to 4 millimeters. The coloration varies from light brown to yellow-brown to a darker reddish brown color, with no markings on its abdomen. Their chelicerae...

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