87 ET Farm Lane Lillington NC

Lillington Estate Home on 20+ Acres with Pond

(JUST SOLD!) MUST SEE PROPERTY! Photos don’t do justice to this prime estate property in Lillington! This gorgeous 4 bedroom, 5.5 bath custom home is on 21+ acres! This home is loaded with upgrades and custom features throughout! The home sits on 11+ acres and has a beautiful stocked pond. Adjacent is the 10 Acre Parcel with open field and all are bordered with private mixed forest. The second parcel is ideal for pasture for horses or another home or agriculture! Deer and turkey abound! Potential horse boarding next door so call for details. (PROPERTY CAN BE SOLD WITHOUT THE 10 ACRES TRACT). 
The stunning foyer opens up to the family room and the expansive gourmet kitchen and dining area. There is a large sun-room with great views and huge 1st floor master suite with super large walk-closet and separate laundry.
There are 3 additional 1st floor bedrooms with private baths and walk-in closets. Upstairs could be an in-law suite or apartment with separate kitchen, bedroom, massive family with exercise area and playroom! There are 2 garages, one attached and one detached garage for 6 spaces! These are very large and the detached garage has large office area. Too many features to mention! $1,395,000

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SOLD Chatham 636 Acres

Just Listed 638 Acres Land for Sale in Chatham County

(SOLD!) This 638 Acres Tract is located in Southern Chatham County in the Goldston area. This massive tract has a great road system and recreational trail systems throughout.  There is ample road frontage on both Bonlee Carbonton Road and Goldston Glendon Road with the main access on Bonlee Carbonton Road. Several ridges and creeks provide nice features and the land has prime hunting and recreational opportunities. $3,500,000

The tract was just thinned and there is still merchantable timber and lots of timber for future timber harvest.

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Lee County Large Ranch Sold

365 Acre Legacy Family Farm in Broadway

(JUST SOLD) LIVE THE DREAM ON THIS LARGE 365 +/- ACRE LEGACY FAMILY FARM! Enjoy Open Pastures, Vista’s, Multiple Ponds and Outstanding Views Throughout! Charming Farm House Renovated in 2013! Multiple Barns, Shop, Outbuildings, Greenhouse, and Storage. Multiple Wells and Septic Systems and Plenty of Sites for Additional Homes. Family Owned for Decades and Presently Operated as a Cattle Farm. Conservation Easement in Place on 58 +/- acres to Protect Drains and Creeks. Gorgeous from Every View!

2 Mobile Homes on Property, 1 conveys and other lived in by family member and would like life estate. List/Co-List MUST be present for showings, bank letter required for showings. $3,995,000

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Earth Day Photos 2022

April 22, 2022 will mark the 52nd anniversary of the very first Earth Day, a day each year that reminds us of the fragility of our environment and our responsibility to do what we can to protect it.   

The Origins of Earth Day

Earth Day Photos 2022For decades prior to 1970, when Earth Day was first observed, care of the environment was a relatively foreign concept, as factories polluted the air through the burning of fossil fuels, the dumping of chemicals and other contaminants – industrial waste – into lakes, rivers and streams, and the manufacturing of CO2-producing automobiles. A lack of environmental rules between the end of World War II and 1970, a period of heavy industrialization, meant that for decades, industry was literally able to function as it pleased without consideration of the environment.

In 1963, Rachel Carson’s best-selling book, Silent Spring, highlighted the effects of pesticides on humans, birds, animals and bees. Not only did the book shine a spotlight on DDT – a chemical that was widely being used to control insects for agricultural purposes – but it focused on the critical relationship between humans and the planet, and the responsibility mankind has in terms of ensuring Earth’s health and survival. The book and its author were initially attacked as being irrational and alarmist, especially by the chemical industry, but it also served to open the world’s eyes as to the many ways in which our actions and our neglect were harming the environment.

The Environmental Decade

Some of our most critically important environmental laws that protect both our natural environment (air, water, soil) and animal life were established in the 70s, during what some people refer to as “the environmental decade.” The majority of environmental laws that regulate our activities today, in fact, were actually passed during this timeframe. The EPA, too, was established in 1970 as an independent agency of the U.S. government, specifically designed to monitor the environment and develop regulations to protect it.

The purpose of the Clean Air Act of 1970 was – and still is – to allow the EPA to regulate emissions into the air from both stationary and mobile sources, such as automobiles. It also encourages states to comply with clean air standards by forcing them to develop their own individual plans for achieving better air quality.

The Clean Water Act of 1972 established restrictions on the pollutants that are sometimes released into our rivers, lakes and oceans. The Clean Water Act made it illegal for any entity to discharge pollution into a water source from a ditch, pipe or other manmade source without having a permit to do so.

Following the landmark Bald Eagle Protection Act of 1940, the Endangered Species Act that was signed into law in 1973 went a step further in the protection of wildlife by calling out two different classes of animal and plant species: threatened – those that will likely to be in danger of extinction at some future point – and endangered, or those that are currently close to being extinct.  This law was created to ensure that federal agencies don’t allow activities that are likely to threaten the existence of any species by harming their habitats.

How We Can Help

Earth Day Photos 2Today, over 175 nations celebrate Earth Day. In the United States, volunteer opportunities in many of our communities and national parks call attention to the care of our environment, not only on Earth Day but throughout the year.

In Raleigh, for instance, Earth Day 2022 will be celebrated with food trucks, games, environmentally friendly activities and more at Dix Park’s Flowers Field, followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new electric bus and an outdoor movie focused on nature and the environment.

Through Raleigh’s “Adopt a Stream” program, volunteers choose a specific section of a stream or river to clean up – removing trash, of course, but also contaminants and other sources of pollution like oil or bacteria – twice a year for a 3-year period. Over those two years, data is collected for use by the city’s Stormwater Management team.

In Mecklenburg County, too, the 3,000 volunteers of Charlotte’s “Adopt a Stream Program” remove an average of 30 tons of garbage annually along some 3,000 miles of streams: trash that ends up in waterways from littering or as a result of water run-off from storm drainage systems. Volunteers commit to cleaning up their assigned areas twice a year for two years.  

Along the shoreline, volunteers with the North Carolina Coastal Federation work in areas such as oyster habitat protection and oyster shell recycling, marsh restoration, and the planting of ‘rain gardens’ – areas of native vegetation whose job it is to absorb the run-off of rainwater from roofs, sidewalks and parking lots, and to filter out its pollutants before the water enters a storm drainage system.


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Duck Hunting Property for Sale in Castalia NC

Duck Hunting Property for Sale in Castalia

(UNDER CONTRACT) DUCKS DUCKS GEESE! 21 +/- Acre Duck & Deer Hunting property close to Bunn, Castalia, Louisburg, Spring Hope and Nashville! Build your cabin here!

21 +/- Acre property close to Bunn, Castalia, Louisburg, Spring Hope and Nashville! Property has about 10 acres of open water – marsh habitat and great hunting for ducks and geese! Plenty of ground for shooting area and 11 acres of high ground with mixed timber with merchantable pines. 1000′ of Paved Road Frontage on Edwards Road. Property is at the corner of Boulden Road and Edwards Road. Shoot ducks, geese, deer and turkey on your own piece of heaven!$80,000

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James Royster Road Sold Farm 2022

Granville County Country Estate on 10 acres

(SOLD!) Gorgeous County Estate Home on 10 Acres with Pond! Ideal Farm Setting in Lovely Granville County with Many Updates! Large Front Porch Overlooks Scenic Pond! Remodeled Kitchen and Over Sized Rear Screen Porch, Great Room, Dining, 2 Offices, Pantry, Exercise, Laundry, 1/2 Bath and Master Bedroom on 1st Floor! Open Cat Walk Foyer Leads to the Second Floor Master w/ Bath and 2 Additional bedrooms and Bath. 2 Car Garage. Additional Detached Shop/Studio/Shed in Back and Plenty of Room to Play! $699,000
Call for new Survey. Red barn and tunnels are off of the property and on neighbors land and not part of the sale.

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From Plantations to Pinball: A Few of North Carolina’s Most Awesome Museums 

A Few of North Carolina’s Most Awesome MuseumsWhether your interest is in finding a weekend activity for the family, or learning more about your favorite sport or athlete, or delving into the fascinating history of the “Old North State,” there’s a museum, exhibit or attraction for you.  

Sports & Recreation 

Wilson’s North Carolina Baseball Museum holds memorabilia honoring several native North Carolina ball players, including Jim “Catfish” Hunter, Hoyt Wilhelm, and five more NC players who have been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Also featured are athletes who have played at Fleming Stadium (Rod Carew, Ted Williams and others), and other renowned North Carolina athletes like Josh Hamilton and Trot Nixon. 

Enjoy unlimited time playing all the “classic” video games and pinball machines – some from as far back as the 1930s – at the highly rated Asheville Pinball Museum. Make a reservation ahead of time to ensure you won’t need to wait to get in.  

Chapel Hill’s Carolina Basketball Museum re-opened in June of 2021 following a pandemic-related closure. Located in the Dean E. Smith Center and completely refurbished in 2017, the museum holds artifacts such as the shoes Roy Williams wore in the final win of his career and the winning ball Luke Maye used in the UNC/Kentucky match-up in 2017 – the season UNC won their sixth NCAA title.  

Explore a private collection – one of the largest in the country – of antique Harley-Davidsons, browse a fun gift shop or enjoy a delicious brunch at the Heritage Diner at Asheboro’s American Classic Motorcycle Museum.   

Charlotte’s NASCAR Hall of Fame is full of all the hands-on, interactive experiences one might expect at such a fun museum. Dedicated to the history of stock car auto racing, the Hall of Fame features simulators, viewing parties, team building activities, and educational and camp opportunities. Each year three racing athletes are celebrated as new inductees. 

Kids’ Museums 

Every day at Chapel Hill’s Kidzu Children’s Museum features its own program of activities designed for children through the age of 12. Kids are encouraged to learn through a process of “purposeful play” in an environment of creativity, collaboration and community. Some of the many outstanding exhibits here include an Outdoor Learning Garden, Farm to Fork play area, The Makery craft center, and mini performance space called the Forest Theater.  

Over 20 exhibits at the Greensboro Children’s Museum – Main Street/Our Town, Imagination Station, the Edible Schoolyard and more – encourage kids to learn through play in a fun and hands-on environment. Activities include science labs, art studio classes and storytelling.  

Fayetteville’s Fascinate-U Children’s Museum allows children to role-play throughout a mini city, where they learn all about various jobs from delivering the mail to milking a cow. The museum also offers art classes, summer camp and field trips as well as occasional special events such as carnivals and family holiday breakfasts.   

Charlotte’s Discovery Place Kids (Huntersville and Rockingham) features interactive, high-energy exhibits focused on the discovery of the natural world. Educational programs and special events allow children to further develop their interest in the sciences.  


Explore the life and legacy of North Carolina native Ava Gardner at Smithfield’s Ava Gardner Museum through exhibits, video and other digital displays. The annual Ava Gardner Festival  (scheduled for October 7-9 in 2022) features tours, presentations, videos and updated exhibits, all honoring Johnston County’s most famous citizen.    

Mount Airy’s Andy Griffith Museum displays artifacts and memorabilia from the life and career of one of the country’s most beloved comedians, Andy Griffith. The 2,500 sq. ft. building, just a half-mile from the actor/singer’s childhood home, is located next to the Andy Griffith Playhouse, the site of the elementary school Griffith attended in the 1930s.  

Crafts & Culture 

The Franklin Gem & Mineral Museum, situated in Franklin’s Old Jail, is one of the largest gem and mineral collections in the South. Visitors to the museum learn about the study of rock and minerals, the collection of gems and the art of jewelry making.  

Enjoy memorabilia and exhibits on North Carolina’s rich musical culture at Kannapolis’ North Carolina Music Hall of Fame. Information on Hall Fame inductees from across the state – Tori Amos, Charlie Daniels, Earl Scruggs and John Coltrane, just to name a few – is presented via interactive displays and recordings of each inductee’s musical concerts. 

The town of Cherokee’s Oconaluftee Indian village offers visitors a “living history” experience of what an 18th-century Cherokee community was like in the mountains of North Carolina. Guests wander through dwellings, ritual sites and work areas where villagers participate in everyday life activities such as weaving, creating pottery and hulling canoes. Re-enactments and Cherokee dance performances are also presented.  

The impressive Scottish Tartans Museum and Heritage Center in Franklin, NC focuses on the history of Scottish immigrants and dress traditions – specifically, the kilt – of the area’s large population of Scottish-Americans. Visitors are able to search for their family tartan here and view the kilts – some as old as 400 years – for specific clans, districts and organizations.  

Historic Homes & Battlefields 

Enjoy a guided tour or special event such as a paranormal investigation or exhibits highlighting Black History Month at Charlotte’s Historic Rosedale Plantation. The 200-year-old home features beautiful gardens, a reconstructed blacksmith shop, and the fascinating Big Tree Museum.   

Built in 1855 by physician and landowner Dr. Buckner Lanier Hill, the picturesque Buckner Hill Plantation features Italianate style and a “cruciform” (cross-shaped) design that make it one of the most unique antebellum plantations in North Carolina. Recently restored, the property includes a kitchen, smokehouse, storehouse, and expansive porches on each level.  

Learn all about the Battle of Averasboro , an important component of the Civil War’s Carolinas Campaign at Harnett County’s Averasboro Battlefield & Museum. Explore a Civil War cemetery or stop in at the visitors’ center and museum to view artifacts and displays commemorating the day in March of 1865 on which Confederate soldiers engaged in a military action to delay General Sherman’s progress on his march northward. 


100 years earlier at the Moores Creek National Battlefield, North Carolina Patriots met Loyalist soldiers approaching across Wilmington’s Moores Creek Bridge with musket-fire and cannons in their first true victory of the American Revolution. Enjoy several annual events here including living history demonstrations or just tour the battlefield and learn all about the epic battle from local historians.   


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Regenerative Farming: Beyond Sustainable Agriculture

Regenerative Farming: Beyond Sustainable AgricultureIf you think about it, what could be more important in life, in terms of the food that we put into our bodies, than the environment in which we grow these fruits, vegetables, grains, etc.? As we experience a greater and greater focus on the foods we eat, improving the quality of our atmosphere (water, air and soil) and increasing the productivity of our agricultural lands, the concept of regenerative agriculture – maximizing farming output by increasing the amount of organic matter in soil by following certain restorative practices – is becoming an increasingly important topic of conversation.

What is Regenerative Agriculture?

Although indigenous peoples have used sustainable farming techniques worldwide for eons – Native Americans, for instance, have used both “polyculture” and “intercropping” systems of growing corn, beans, and squash in the same area for thousands of years – the idea of regenerative agriculture, or farming, has to do with fixing, or altering, the methods of agriculture that we’ve been using in order to restore biodiversity. This concept is a bit different than that of sustainable agriculture in that the goal is actually to regenerate, or improve upon, the growing abilities of soil by A) increasing the amount of organic matter in soil, B) increasing the ability of soil to store carbon, and C) decreasing the amount of CO2 that is released into the atmosphere through traditional farming techniques. The term regenerative agriculture was first mentioned in a scientific publication around 40 years ago.

The goal of regenerative farming is to create an ecosystem that is healthier and more biodiverse by improving upon the health, productivity and fertility of soil, decreasing the level of greenhouse gases such as CO2, and creating cleaner and safer watering systems and water retention in crops. The aim of regenerative agriculture, rather than simply a greater crop yield, is to accomplish better fertility of soil, etc. through working holistically with the natural connection between plants, soil, animals and humans as a whole.

It’s All About the Soil

The mix of organic materials, minerals, air and water that we call soil is the most important component of any system of farming. The elements of a patch of soil – untouched by farming techniques, fertilizer, etc., that is – are the result of changes in climate and topography over the centuries, and in the organic materials that have been incorporated into that soil over time.

Natural fertilizers – manure in particular, but also fish, ash, green organic material and river sludge which contain various levels of nutrients such as potassium, nitrogen and phosphorous – have been used by farmers throughout history. It’s only been over the past century or so, however, that pesticides and non-organic fertilizers designed to supplement the chemical components of soil have been used.

Unfortunately, soil mismanagement – the degrading of soil through erosion, chemical mistreatment (fertilization), nutrient depletion, acidification and salinization, all due to human activity – has led in many areas to greater releases of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, which in turn has contributed, at least in part, to climate change and a negative impact on the food production.

A Few Core Principles of Regenerative Agriculture

  • The concept of minimizing tillage – the process of turning over the soil prior to planting – is important when it comes to preventing soil erosion and diminishing the amount of carbon that is released into the atmosphere as gas. Disrupting the rich layer of topsoil decreases its fertility and negatively affects the soil’s ability to absorb water.
  • Plant diversity has to do with crop rotation and/or planting multiple crops in the same area – either next to each other or within the same space, in a process known as intercropping. The diversity of plants creates an abundance of micro-organisms in the soil that increases the amount of nutrients the plants need and decreases the need for artificial fertilizers. The use of “cover” crops such as legumes, grains, etc. has more than one purpose; cover crops help to attract pollinators, cut down on weeds and pests, decrease erosion, and provide material for foraging, or grazing.
  • The grazing of livestock – closely monitored, of course – serves to manage weeds and to naturally fertilize the soil. The addition of animal manure benefits the soil by increasing its organic matter, increasing biodiversity and naturally decreasing the likelihood of disease in the soil. Also, because the amount of time that livestock is allowed to graze a piece of land is limited, the roots of the plants that the animals eat are able to regenerate quickly, which means that any new plants are able to capture carbon dioxide naturally – and create oxygen – through the process of photosynthesis.
  • Composting, a process that may use not only animal waste but may also use food waste and crop residue, also helps to add organic matter back into the soil. Composting improves soil structure (how the various particles of matter in soil are arranged next to each other, with certain cracks or pores in between) by helping to maintain these spaces and allowing water and air to circulate.


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Golf in North Carolina

Golf in North CarolinaGolf in North Carolina and the Triangle

When we think of golf in North Carolina, what comes to mind for most of us are the beautiful courses and stunning natural setting of Pinehurst. But even outside this iconic golf destination, our state has some of the most highly rated courses in the country, from the mountains to the Atlantic.


In the first place on most lists of “best of the best” golf courses in our state is, of course, historic Pinehurst, with nine stunning 18-hole courses, one 9-hole course and the family-friendly, fun-for-anyone 18-hole Thistle Dhu putting greens. From the first course constructed at the legendary resort town, No. 1 in 1989, to the most recently designed 9-hole “Cradle” course completed in 2017, each offers its own unique features – rolling hills, towering pines, sand traps and greens following the natural undulations of the land – designed by golf legends Don Ross, Tom Fazio, Gil Hanse and Jack Nicklaus.

The charming village of Pinehurst itself, a playground of unique shopping, recreation, a variety of four-star to casual dining establishments and outstanding accommodations – including the iconic Carolina Hotel and historic Holly Inn – was originally established as a center of recuperation and good health in the late 1800s. The legendary U.S. Open has taken place three times at Pinehurst over the past 25 years; the town and is all set to host the tournament for a fourth time in 2024.

Cashiers & Highlands

Beautiful Cashiers, situated in the southwest regions of the Blue Ridge Mountains, is home to an astounding 60 miles of fairways and several outstanding courses including the Wade Hampton Golf Club and Mountaintop Golf & Lake Club.

Tom Fazio’s 4,000-foot high Mountaintop Golf & Lake Club, considered by some to be the most magnificent golf course designed in modern times, features some of North Carolina’s finest scenery and topography. The par 70 private golf course – open for play to a select 350 members – and Lake Club, at the edge of Lake Glenville, offer an outstanding golf experience and family-friendly activities to select members of this community situated between Cashiers and Highlands.

Cashiers’ award-winning, members-only Wade Hampton Golf Club has been a top golf course since it debuted in the mid-1980s. The course’s magnificent mountain setting and natural layout along a breathtaking natural valley makes it one of the most beautiful clubs in the U.S. with firm and fast greens, scenic streams, and impressive rock features.

Banner Elk

The Diamond Creek Golf Club’s magnificent Blue Ridge mountain views – Sugar Mountain, Beech Mountain, the Four Diamond Ridge – and unique features such as a 100-foot waterfall make it one of the most stunning nationwide golf courses. Tom Fazio, as is his custom, has designed the course with hidden cart paths and an outstanding clubhouse at Diamond Creek, where tournaments such as the Ryder Cup and PGA Tour regularly take place.

At an altitude varying between 3,450 and 4,650 feet, depending on the hole, Banner Elk’s Elk River Club, Jack Nicklaus’ first North Carolina Signature Course, spreads out over 1,200 acres of magnificent mountainside and features views of Grandfather, Sugar and Beech Mountains  as well as mature fairways and greens. One of the most beautiful courses in the state, Elk River’s unique layout – the first nine holes on a flatter piece of land, while the back nine are situated among the splendid streams and foliage of the Blue Ridge Mountains – offers a challenging variety of play.


Charlotte’s private, 500-acre Verdict Ridge Golf & Country Club, with a wide variety of membership options designed to suit any budget, is a rolling, magnificently designed course with a Par of 72 and features such as meandering creeks, natural wetlands and, toward the end of the course, a series of holes with remarkable changes in elevation. The variety of terrain, an abundance of wildlife and the beauty of the natural surroundings make Verdict Ridge Charlotte’s No. 1 course for many golfers.

Quail Hollow Golf Club, designed half a century ago, has been modified over the past 2-3 decades by golf greats Arnold Palmer and Tom Fazio. One of the most unique features of this outstanding club is an area called Champions Park, honoring golfers who have won tournaments at the golf course with gold plaques and a large outdoor fireplace at its center. In 2022, Quail Hollow will host the Presidents Cup, a unique tournament featuring a U.S. Team and an International Team composed of players from the rest of the world excluding Europe.  

Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

Ranked by many as the best course in Wake County, the Raleigh Country Club is a Donald Ross-designed masterpiece of a layout with a variety of holes as well as a 15-acre practice facility and multiple chipping greens, putting green and driving range. Redesigned by architect Kyle Franz in 2020, the course has been updated with new tee boxes, a new irrigation system, and re-routed golf paths and the removal of certain trees to allow for a more natural setting and improved air movement

Durham’s beautiful, private Old Chatham Golf Club, designed 20 years ago by legendary Rees Jones, sits on 400 acres of scenic Piedmont woodland, with a Clubhouse and guest cottage created in classic Carolina style. An extensive (15-acre) practice facility offers two (front and back) tee areas, a practice fairway bunker and pitching and chipping area.

Jack Nicklaus’ private, 27-hole Governor’s Club Signature golf course not only offers an outstanding golf experience but a luxury residential community in some of the loveliest acreage of the Piedmont region. Three 9-hole courses, each with its own unique personality – Lakes, Foothills and Mountain – offer something for everyone from the most casual player to professionals and other participants in some major annual golf events.


Wilmington’s outstanding Eagle Point Golf Club combines all the elements of iconic coastal living – amazing saltwater views, sabal palms, and an elegant clubhouse that blends seamlessly into the natural setting – on a course designed to highlight the area’s pristine surroundings. Opened in 2000, the challenging Tom Fazio-designed course has received outstanding reviews every year, receiving its first mention on the Golf Digest’s list of the “Top 100” in 2005.  

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park: NC’s Own UNESCO World Heritage Site

Great Smoky Mountains National ParkMost North Carolinians are familiar with the enormous stretch – over 800 square miles – of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, located at the southern end of the Appalachians between North Carolina and Tennessee. An area blessed with some of the most beautiful and diverse forest land in the world, this incredible area is also the most visited park in the United States, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site!

What is a UNESCO World Heritage Site?

It is the goal of UNESCO – the United Nations’ Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization – to build world peace through the cooperation of potentially all nations in the areas of education, science and culture. From the organization’s founding, over 75 years ago, UNESCO has worked to unite people from all parts of the world through the idea, or ideal, of a shared planet and common heritage.

A grand total of 1,154 properties worldwide have been designated as World Heritage Sites, the first being the Galapagos Islands in 1978 and the most recent, Greece’s Archaeological Site of Philippi. 897 out of those 1,154 global sites are classified as Cultural, 218 are Natural, and 39 are Mixed heritage sites, which represent elements of each of the other two categories. Within the U.S., eleven of these monumental sites are national parks, including, of course, the magnificent Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983.

In order to be selected as a World Heritage Site, a destination must qualify by fulfilling at least one out of a list of ten requirements.

  • The site “represents a masterpiece of human creative genius.”
  • It exhibits a display of human values on developments in architecture or technology, monumental arts or landscape design.
  • It bears testimony to a cultural tradition or civilization which is living or has disappeared.
  • The site illustrates a period of history in its building, technology or landscapes.
  • It is an example of a traditional human settlement and its interaction with the environment.
  • The site is associated with ideas, beliefs, literary or artistic works of outstanding significance.
  • The site represents exceptional natural beauty.
  • It represents major stages of the history of our Earth, including geological processes and features.
  • The site displays ecological and biological processes in plants and animal life, both terrestrial and coastal/marine ecosystems.
  • It is a place in which threatened species are conserved, and the area’s biological diversity is significant.

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park: a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983

Under these guidelines, UNESCO qualified the Great Smoky Mountains National Park as a potential World Heritage Site based on several criteria: the area’s exceptional natural beauty; its importance as one of the largest of the Arcto-Tertiary geoflora era land masses (a zone that once stretched throughout the northern hemisphere during the pre-Ice Age Cenozoic era), which shows us how this area of the planet looked even before the existence of humans; and the fact that it is one of the most diverse and rich regions of the world, biologically-speaking. Interestingly, one statistic scientists sometimes use in order to determine the overall health of a region is the number of salamander species that exist there; in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, there are an incredible 30 documented species.  

Threats to the Environment, and How the Park is Monitored

Air pollution, of course, from outside the boundaries of the park, threatens to potentially harm the environment, as do invasive plant species – garlic mustard, kudzu, Japanese honeysuckle and more – and non-native insects which are specific threats to the area’s hemlock, fir and ash species. Several animal species – among them, non-native wild hogs and non-native trout – can also potentially have a very negative impact on the region, which is one of the largest forest ecosystems in the southern Appalachians, and one of the most massive old-growth forests in the U.S.

The United States Park Service, established in 1916, manages the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and several federal laws – including the Clean Air Act – have been put into effect to protect its resources, too. What is known as the General Management Plan has also been put into place with plans for protecting the environment and dealing with specific issues and topics including zoning, ecological integrity, the monitoring of visitors, and education programs to deal with concerns such as air quality and non-native plant and animal species.


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