The Past, Present, and Future of Forestry Come Alive At the Cradle of Forestry

The Past, Present, and Future of Forestry Come Alive At the Cradle of Forestry in America © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Nestled in Pink Beds Valley is the Cradle of Forestry in America. This heritage site is the birthplace of science-based forest management. George and Edith Vanderbilt of the nearby Biltmore Estate are accredited for this living legacy. Some 87,000 aces of the Vanderbilt’s “Pisgah Forest” tract became the nucleus of the Pisgah National Forest, established in […]

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Springtime in the Smokies

Great Smoky Mountains is the most visited national park in America with over 11 million visitors a year. That is more than the number of visits of the next two national parks combined. From photo-worthy vistas to outdoor recreation and everything in between, this most-visited national park offers something for everyone. Any season is a […]

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Breaux Bridge: Crawfish Capital of the World

Nestled along the banks of the slow-rolling Bayou Teche, Breaux Bridge, the “Crawfish Capital of the World,” is a gorgeous historic town with world-class restaurants and a thriving Cajun music and folk art scene. Conveniently located just off I-10 at Exit 109, three hours east of Houston and two hours west of New Orleans, Breaux Bridge is a great […]

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Okefenokee Swamp: A Very Special Place

A very special place, the Okefenokee Swamp offers so much, one could spend a lifetime and still not see and do everything. The Okefenoke is vast, with almost 402,000 acres (that’s roughly 300,000 football fields in size) of cypress forest, marsh, lakes, and islands. Filled with alligators, Sandhill cranes, red-cockaded woodpeckers and over 400 other […]

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Marvelous Mobile Bay: Dauphin Island

Near the mouth of Mobile Bay, Dauphin Island, provides a getaway atmosphere with attractions aimed at the family. Graced with all the necessities, Dauphin Island allows you to get away from the hustle and bustle of more developed areas. Back in 1699 the French explorer Le Moyne d’Iberville landed on the island and started a […]

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Black-Water Country: Okefenokee Swamp

Imagine a place where unusual creatures swim through mirror-top waters and exotic plants sprout from floating islands. A place where thousands of creatures serenade the setting of the sun each day. Picture waters so dark and still that the surface seems to reflect images from another world, another time. It is a world more peaceful […]

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Stephen C. Foster State Park: Rich In History And Isolation

Stephen C. Foster State Park is a primary entrance to the legendary Okefenokee Swamp, a peat-filled wetland in the southeast corner of Georgia. Though the park is only about 120 acres, it is a prime access point to the 700 square mile Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge and it’s most famous island―Billy’s Island. The name “Billy’s […]

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A Great Migration: Bosque del Apache

It was a frigid November morning at New Mexico’s Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge where we had joined dozens of ardent wildlife photographers and nature enthusiasts, lined up tripod-to-tripod and scope to scope, ready and waiting for the action to begin. We were standing on an observation platform called Flight Deck overlooking a network […]

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The Enchantment of New Mexico: San Antonio & Bosque del Apache

The Land of Enchantment, the state motto of New Mexico, is certainly an apt description of a state with diverse landscape and population. This is a state in which the air is crisp, the water fresh, and the people warm and friendly. We begin in New Mexico’s largest city, Albuquerque. Albuquerque and its suburbs have […]

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Magical Bosque Del Apache

There are many and varied reasons that New Mexico is known as the Land of Enchantment. High on that list, the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge is a gathering sanctuary for the denizens of the sky and those who passionately adore them. Bosque del Apache includes wetlands, farmlands, and riparian forests; and is considered one of […]

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