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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-

24 Jul 2017 at 1:28am

  • Update: Blue Ridge Parkway at Mount Pisgah reopens after rock slide - Ashevil...
    18 Jul 2017 at 10:34am

    Asheville Citizen-Times

    Update: Blue Ridge Parkway at Mount Pisgah reopens after rock slide
    Asheville Citizen-Times
    ASHEVILLE ? Blue Ridge Parkway officials have reopened the roadway between Milepost 402, about 3 miles south of the N.C. Arboretum entrance, to Mount Pisgah near Milepost 409, after it was closed due to a rock slide Monday night. A giant boulder had ...
    Stretch of Blue Ridge Parkway Reopens After Rock SlideU.S. News & World Report

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  • Ask 13: Why were the Blue Ridge Parkway web cameras down? - WLOS
    20 Jul 2017 at 4:41pm

    Ask 13: Why were the Blue Ridge Parkway web cameras down?
    WLOS
    "Appalachian State University had a server go down a couple weeks ago and they started to work to put those images back online," Caitlin Worth, of Blue Ridge Parkway public affairs, said. "And we discovered, thanks to the viewer, that there were ...


  • Blue Ridge Parkway: A nearly 469-mile photo op - USA TODAY
    7 Jul 2017 at 6:48am

    USA TODAY

    Blue Ridge Parkway: A nearly 469-mile photo op
    USA TODAY
    The Blue Ridge Parkway is a nearly 469-mile-long photo op, carving a path of stunning beauty through the southern Appalachian Mountains. Though the name makes clear that the park is amenable to auto travel, there are endless opportunities for hiking, ...


  • Is proselytizing allowed on the Blue Ridge Parkway? - Asheville Citizen-Times
    6 Jul 2017 at 2:46pm

    Asheville Citizen-Times

    Is proselytizing allowed on the Blue Ridge Parkway?
    Asheville Citizen-Times
    BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY -- Imagine coming around a forested trail on the way to a mountain waterfall and running into an evangelical soapbox stand. According to some hikers, the scene can be jarring. That's what Bev McDowell, a hike leader with the ...

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  • Blue Ridge Parkway repair to begin in Asheville - Asheville Citizen-Times
    10 Jul 2017 at 12:52pm

    Asheville Citizen-Times

    Blue Ridge Parkway repair to begin in Asheville
    Asheville Citizen-Times
    ASHEVILLE - Traffic on the Blue Ridge Parkway will need to slow down a bit starting July 12 as a road repair project gets underway. The repairs will be to dangerous ruts in several places along the edge of the parkway. Work will continue through the ...

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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)

Civilian Conservation Corps Links-

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CCC News-

24 Jul 2017 at 1:28am

  • Event to share legacy of Civilian Conservation Corps enrollees - Centre Daily...
    20 Jul 2017 at 9:42am

    Centre Daily Times

    Event to share legacy of Civilian Conservation Corps enrollees
    Centre Daily Times
    William Marcum's grandfather kept all kinds of documents and photographs of his time at the Poe Valley Civilian Conservation Corps camp. He was there from June 1933 until February 1938, Marcum, a local historian, said. When his grandfather died, Marcum ...


  • The Civilian Conservation Corps' Lasting Impact On Connecticut - WNPR News
    17 Jul 2017 at 8:13pm

    WNPR News

    The Civilian Conservation Corps' Lasting Impact On Connecticut
    WNPR News
    In the midst of the Great Depression more than 80 years ago, President Franklin D. Roosevelt created the Civilian Conservation Corps ? giving jobs to young men to support their families, while conserving the country's wild lands and upgrading our ...


  • Sanders: Civilian Conservation Corps - Fence Post
    21 Jul 2017 at 3:29pm

    Sanders: Civilian Conservation Corps
    Fence Post
    Any state or federal park that existed before 1933 was likely touched by the Civilian Conservation Corps, which was established under law on March 31, 1933. That in itself was a miracle because Franklin Delano Roosevelt was inaugurated as U.S ...


  • Civilian Conservation Corps trails, parks and campgrounds still abound in Ore...
    28 Jun 2017 at 3:25pm

    OregonLive.com

    Civilian Conservation Corps trails, parks and campgrounds still abound in Oregon
    OregonLive.com
    Friday marks the 75th year since the end of the Civilian Conservation Corps, the Depression-era public works program that left a lasting mark on Oregon. The corps built parks, campgrounds and trails that Oregonians still enjoy today. Men in the corps ...


  • Civilian Conservation Corps camps left mark in region: Projects linger 75 yea...
    10 Jul 2017 at 4:00am

    Jacksonville Journal Courier

    Civilian Conservation Corps camps left mark in region: Projects linger 75 years later
    Jacksonville Journal Courier
    June 30 marked the 75th anniversary of the end of the Civilian Conservation Corps, an enormously successful Depression-era program of Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal. The CCC put unemployed, impoverished young men to work in forestry, soil ...


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Blue Ridge Mountains News

24 Jul 2017 at 1:28am

  • Ride the Blue Ridge Mountains, help the Smokies - Asheville Citizen-Times
    21 Jul 2017 at 12:49pm

    Ride the Blue Ridge Mountains, help the Smokies
    Asheville Citizen-Times
    The Great Smoky Mountains National Park ? the most visited park in the country, and right in Western North Carolina's backyard ? can use some help. The nonprofit fundraising arm of the park, the Friends of the Smokies, raises money to help out the park ...


  • Beyond the Banks: The tragedy of Flight 22 - BlueRidgeNow.com
    9 Jul 2017 at 8:29am

    BlueRidgeNow.com

    Beyond the Banks: The tragedy of Flight 22
    BlueRidgeNow.com
    Identified by geologists as being among the oldest ranges on the planet, the Blue Ridge Mountains proffer breathtaking backdrops. Whitewater plunges over mountain cliffs and chasms. Creeks and branches crisscross the vales between their time-eroded ...

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  • PRISM seeking volunteers, money to fight invasive plants along Blue Ridge - T...
    20 Jul 2017 at 7:45am

    The Daily Progress

    PRISM seeking volunteers, money to fight invasive plants along Blue Ridge
    The Daily Progress
    Hurley said wavyleaf has been found by Elkton Middle School and he suspects it's in plenty of other places on this side of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Greene County. ?For example, Mutton Hollow is between us and ? the West Swift Run infestation,? he said.


  • Blue Ridge Parkway rangers lead hike to high elevation bald - Asheville Citiz...
    18 Jul 2017 at 4:14pm

    Asheville Citizen-Times

    Blue Ridge Parkway rangers lead hike to high elevation bald
    Asheville Citizen-Times
    Meet Blue Ridge Parkway rangers at 10 a.m. Friday, July 21, for a moderate, 1.5 mile round-trip hike on the Craggy Gardens Trail. This is a great way for newcomers to Asheville, or newcomers to hiking, to learn more about the beauty of the Blue Ridge ...

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  • Washington column for July 20 - Rappahannock News
    22 Jul 2017 at 8:03am

    Rappahannock News

    Washington column for July 20
    Rappahannock News
    ... for Regional Invasive Species Management) is a volunteer-driven organization dedicated to reducing the negative impact of nonnative invasive plants on the health of the natural and agricultural environment in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia ...


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