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for Laurel of Asheville Vol. 15 Issue 9, Sept. 2019
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Pisgah View State Park is the sixth state park in Western North Carolina. Republican senator Chuck Edwards introduced the bill authorizing its addition. The Cogburn family donated the land which they had originally owned since 1790.. In 1941, Ruby and Chester Cogburn opened the very popular Pisgah View Ranch on the tract. The Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy helped facilitate negotiations between the Cogburn family and the state.
A new education and outreach program has begun at Pisgah National Forest called River Rangers. Currently the forest is seeing more visitors than ever. The River Rangers program aims to inform visitors for reducing habitat disturbances for endangered species in the forest. O particular concern is the hellbender salamander.
Stephanie Shuptrine is owner of Shuptrine Gallery on West Main Street in Brevard, N.C. Her career was inspired by that of her father, renowned master watercolor painter Hubert Shuptrine. He trained her to paint in the technique of using watercolor with dry brush and occasional egg tempera to achieve luminosity and realism.
September is the peak of the Broad-winged Hawk migration. According to Bill Sanderson, founder of the Mount Pisgah Hawk Watch, it's a very weather dependent migration. The Mills River Valley Overlook is ideal for watching the migration.
Goldenrod is often blamed as the cause for those suffering with allergies and hay fever, though the actual culprit is ragweed. Unlike ragweed, goldenrod is insect pollenated, Goldenrod nearly became an industrial commodity during World War I.