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Panthertown Valley, covering six thousand acres in Jackson, Macon, and Transylvania Counties in western North Carolina, is an ecological treasure with rare plants and animals. The valley was damaged by heavy logging in the 1920s, and in the 1960s, under great pressure from developers who wanted to turn it into a resort and vacation area. Duke Power purchased it in 1987 to build a high-voltage transmission line. In 1989, the North Carolina Chapter of the Nature Conservancy paid Duke Power $8 million for the 6,000-acre tract. Today, through preservation efforts, the valley has regained its wild beauty.
Our State (NoCar F 251 S77), Vol. 74 Issue 11, Apr 2007, p106-108, 110, 112, 114-115, il Periodical Website
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The golden-winged warbler, native species to North Carolina, has been on the decline since the 1960’s. Little was known about the species until approximately 10 years ago, when different wildlife organizations came together to track their nesting and habitat areas. Recently, migration patterns have been incorporated into the research parameters, and collaboration between several South American researchers has been key.