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The Blue Ridge Mountains have been home for the Saponi, Cherokee, Monacan, and Tutelo indians. They have witnessed battles of the French and the British, and the Blue and the Gray. These mountains have been the outpost of the frontier settlers, and they have given coal and timber for a growing nation. Today, they offer refuge for the miner, recreation for the masses, and retreat for the millionaire.

The slopes of these gentle giants formed the background of my childhood. In most every occasion, they were standing like a silent witness, watching my life unfold, as they did for several generations of my family before me. Though I have moved and the people and places have changed, these blue, hazy, peaks welcome my return whenever I get the opportunity.

Though the Blue Ridge Mountains may seem the unchanging backdrop of the flow of events, the future of what it offers us is uncertain. Disease, unchecked urban sprawl, pollution, and mass apathy all have the potential to reduce its beauty to mere ashes in a generation. Perhaps if more of us who love these mountains performed small acts of kindness for them, we could rightly hope to pass on this treasure when our time here has ended.
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The Blue Ridge Parkway

For seventy years, this highway known as ‘America's Favorite Scenic Drive’ has delighted tourists with its unparalleled vistas of the Blue Ridge Mountains as well as its unique look into America's rural past. Stretching over 450 miles from Shenandoah National Park in Virginia to Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina, the Blue Ridge Parkway receives more visitors annually than any other property in the National Parks System. (top)


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Blue Ridge Parkway News-

26 Mar 2017 at 7:54am

  • Group cleans up Blue Ridge Parkway ahead of next month's race - WSLS
    25 Mar 2017 at 8:05pm

    WSLS

    Group cleans up Blue Ridge Parkway ahead of next month's race
    WSLS
    ?It's a wonderful opportunity to give back to the community to show how proud we are of our great natural resource here at the Blue Ridge Parkway,? said Heidi Ketler, Chair of Roanoke County Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway. The cleanups will continue ...


  • Rock slide closes section of Blue Ridge Parkway - Asheville Citizen-Times
    5 Mar 2017 at 2:25pm

    Asheville Citizen-Times

    Rock slide closes section of Blue Ridge Parkway
    Asheville Citizen-Times
    ASHEVILLE - A 13-mile stretch of the Blue Ridge Parkway was closed Sunday following a weekend rock slide. The slide occurred at milepost 365 near the Craggy Gardens Visitor Center, according to John Barrett, who works in the communications center at ...
    NC rockslide closes stretch of Blue Ridge ParkwayWNCN

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  • Blue Ridge Parkway, Mountains-to-Sea land protected - Asheville Citizen-Times
    15 Mar 2017 at 7:34am

    Asheville Citizen-Times

    Blue Ridge Parkway, Mountains-to-Sea land protected
    Asheville Citizen-Times
    BOONE - One of the most beloved features of the Blue Ridge Parkway - the second most visited national park with 15.2 million visitors last year - is the endless miles of scenic views. But each of those miles comes with lengthy, often delicate ...
    Blue Ridge Parkway rockslide closure could last several weeksAvery Journal Times
    Rockslide cleared near Craggy Gardens, but section of Parkway closed due to snow, iceWLOS
    Rain expected to leave the region by about noonWSLS

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  • Workers clearing Blue Ridge Parkway after rockslide - BlueRidgeNow.com
    9 Mar 2017 at 12:42pm

    Workers clearing Blue Ridge Parkway after rockslide
    BlueRidgeNow.com
    ASHEVILLE ? Crews in North Carolina are working to clear a rockslide along the Blue Ridge Parkway northeast of Asheville. A rockslide Saturday brought down more than 100 tons of rocks on the parkway just south of the Craggy Gardens Visitors Center.

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  • Rock slide will block portion of Blue Ridge Parkway for days - WSOC Charlotte
    8 Mar 2017 at 5:36am

    WSOC Charlotte

    Rock slide will block portion of Blue Ridge Parkway for days
    WSOC Charlotte
    BURNSVILLE, N.C. - A 13-mile stretch of the Blue Ridge Parkway is closed following a weekend rock slide. The slide occurred at milepost 365, near the Craggy Gardens Visitor Center, according to John Barrett, who works in the communications center at ...


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The Civilian Conservation Corps-

ccc, blue ridge mountains, blue ridge parkwayThe Blue Ridge Parkway would not exist without the brave, hardworking men of the CCC who forged this trail in the Great Depression, often with little more than hand tools. The tremendous achievement and great skill of these unsung heroes can be seen in the many structures they created for our enjoyment. (top)

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CCC News-

26 Mar 2017 at 7:54am

  • Helping To Label Madison's Civilian Conservation Corps Past - Hartford Courant
    25 Feb 2017 at 5:30am

    Hartford Courant

    Helping To Label Madison's Civilian Conservation Corps Past
    Hartford Courant
    The former Civilian Conservation Corps camp where 200 teens and young men once called home during the 1930s will never be forgotten thanks to the efforts several years ago by the Madison Land Conservation Trust and students from Daniel Hand High ...


  • CCC Boys of Russellville: A musical tribute to the Civilian Conservation Corp...
    23 Mar 2017 at 11:02am

    News-Democrat & Leader

    CCC Boys of Russellville: A musical tribute to the Civilian Conservation Corps
    News-Democrat & Leader
    Michigan based author Bill Jamerson will present a music and storytelling program about the Civilian Conservation Corps at the Logan County Public Library, on Sunday, March 26 at 2:30 p.m. The program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will ...


  • Forest Service to build near former Depression-era work camp - Great Falls Tr...
    14 Mar 2017 at 9:27pm

    Great Falls Tribune

    Forest Service to build near former Depression-era work camp
    Great Falls Tribune
    The Forest Service has gained approval to build a new shelter near the Belt Creek ranger station to keep tree seedlings cool before they're ready to be transplanted. Because it's in the same area that once housed a historic Civilian Conservation Corps ...


  • Learn about Civilian Conservation Corps with HHA - Hudson Hub-Times
    4 Mar 2017 at 2:26am

    Learn about Civilian Conservation Corps with HHA
    Hudson Hub-Times
    The Hudson Heritage Association will host its March 9 meeting on the road when it meets at the Ledges Shelter in Virginia Kendall Park to learn about the work of the Civilian Conservation Corps, part of a program signed into law by President Franklin ...


  • Du Quoin library hosts entertaining history of Civilian Conservation Corps - ...
    27 Feb 2017 at 12:32am

    Du Quoin Evening Call

    Du Quoin library hosts entertaining history of Civilian Conservation Corps
    Du Quoin Evening Call
    The Du Quoin Public Library is planning a program about the Civilian Conservation Corps for early April. The program, to be presented by Michigan-based author Bill Jamerson, will consist of music, storytelling, a clip from his PBS film and excerpts ...

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Blue Ridge Mountains News

26 Mar 2017 at 7:54am

  • Property has breathtaking view of Blue Ridge Mountains - Spartanburg Herald J...
    26 Mar 2017 at 5:13am

    Property has breathtaking view of Blue Ridge Mountains
    Spartanburg Herald Journal
    It is the vast view of the Blue Ridge Mountains from his great room. Looking due north through a wall of windows, the large backyard is open space with native trees in the walkable distance. Beyond the property line is the mountain range, with Hoghead ...


  • Southern Exposure: Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains Beckon - Naplesillustrated
    2 Mar 2017 at 2:43pm

    Naplesillustrated

    Southern Exposure: Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains Beckon
    Naplesillustrated
    Southern Exposure: Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains Beckon. A gem in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Primland beguiles with genteel outdoor pursuits and pristine nature. March 2, 2017. by Daphne Nikolopoulos. In the wide world of experiential travel, there ...


  • Blue Ridge Pride Center names new executive director - Asheville Citizen-Times
    15 Mar 2017 at 2:03pm

    Asheville Citizen-Times

    Blue Ridge Pride Center names new executive director
    Asheville Citizen-Times
    ASHEVILLE - Tina Madison White and her wife heard rumblings of House Bill 2 on the radio as they drove into the Blue Ridge Mountains to begin their retirement. After months of searching, the two had decided Asheville would become their new home.


  • The west side of the Blue Ridge Mountains: The Shenandoah Valley and Cave Rid...
    2 Mar 2017 at 5:21pm

    Napa Valley Register

    The west side of the Blue Ridge Mountains: The Shenandoah Valley and Cave Ridge Vineyards
    Napa Valley Register
    In addition, the Shenandoah Valley is located at a higher elevation and gets less rain compared to the east side of the Blue Ridge Mountains and other wine areas in Virginia. It is a statistically drier and cooler area, and perhaps it is the most ideal ...


  • Diamond Brand Outdoors Presents Campapalooza - Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine (...
    14 Mar 2017 at 11:17am

    Diamond Brand Outdoors Presents Campapalooza
    Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine (blog)
    In its second year, the free public expo brings top innovators from the most popular outdoor companies to recreation enthusiasts in the playground of the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Campapalooza will take place on Saturday, March 18, from ...


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