The Wild and the Cultivated: Is there really a difference?

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By Luke Manget The Turk’s Cap Lily is one of the southern Appalachian Mountains’ true wildflower jewels, but does our perception of its beauty depend upon its state of wildness?  In other words, if this photo… Continue reading

Daddy Darters: Responsible Father or Deceitful Womanizer?

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Of the 850+ species of freshwater fish in the United States and Canada, over half exist in Southern Appalachia and many of them are unique to this region alone.  One charismatic and colorful… Continue reading

E. B. Olmsted and the Post-Civil-War Ginseng Boom

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By Luke Manget Particularly vulnerable to habitat destruction and overharvesting, ginseng plants like this once covered the mountains, but over the course of the nineteenth century, they gradually disappeared from much of their… Continue reading

Spring Wildflowers and Ants: Part 1 of The Evolutionary Best Buds Series

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Each spring ephemeral wildflowers burst through the forest floor to take advantage of plentiful sunlight and an abundance of pollinators but, there is one type of organism that is particularly excited to see… Continue reading

The Quest for Shortia: How a 17-year-old boy found the holy grail of botany

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My first post is a story that all residents of western North Carolina, especially those interested in botany and history, should know: the quest for shortia galacifolia, now commonly called Oconee Bells. For… Continue reading

Ephemeral Wildflowers of Appalachia: Living the Rock N’ Roll lifestyle

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The Spring Wildflowers in the Appalachian Mountains are rebels and gamblers who are constantly playing the odds in order to gain a competitive advantage. In a region with so much diversity this is… Continue reading

Hello from the Historian

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I am a currently living in Athens, Georgia, where I am pursuing a PhD in history from the University of Georgia. Specializing in environmental history and Appalachian history, my dissertation fuses the two… Continue reading

Goodbye Winter! You were nice for a while.

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It is TIME! Spring Sprang!

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Welcome

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Welcome to The Southern Highlander.  My name is Daniel Manget, I am an Environmental Educator in the Asheville, NC area.  The reason I decided to create this site is because I couldn’t find… Continue reading