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Pisgah National Forest: A History (Natural History) by [Marci Spencer, James G. Lewis PhD]

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After retiring as a nurse practitioner, Marci earned her certificate as a North Carolina environmental educator and a Blue Ridge naturalist. She is the author of Clingman's Dome: Highest Mountain in the Great Smokies, " and a soon-to-be released children's book based on a true story, called "Potluck Message Delivered: The Great Smoky Mountains are Saved!" She was a 2012 and 2013 finalist in a local publisher's short story contest. Dr. James G. Lewis, with the Forest History Society of Durham, North Carolina, a non-profit educational institution connecting people with the forest, is the editor of the organization's journal, Forest History Today, and co-edits their blog, "Peeling Back the Bark." A graduate of Florida State University with a PhD in U.S. history, Dr. Lewis specializes in the history of the U.S. Forest Service and authored "The Forest Service and the Greatest Good: A Centennial History." --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00XRUEHUY
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ The History Press; Illustrated edition (October 21, 2014)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ October 21, 2014
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 23726 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
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  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 286 pages
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**********See interview with Jeff Clark:

One place can be special to many people. The place may be a cabin, a cove, a wilderness, or a city park. One mountain, like Clingmans Dome in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, may be loved by many for different reasons....scientists trying to understand why a foreign insect killed its endemic fir trees; biologists studying a spider, found no where else in the world, to improve its chances of survival; birders scoping for a bird species that more commonly lives in Canada; Cherokee Indians clinging to ancestral roots; hikers exploring new terrain or covering 2000 miles from Georgia to Maine; tourists looking for a wider view; botanists (or those who just love the flowers) searching for new specimens; explorers measuring its height and architects increasing that height to improve scenic vistas; and a national park protecting it all.

I maintain that I do not love this mountain, Clingmans Dome, more than those who work or volunteer for the Park Service, the Cherokee, or the visitors who visit the Dome do. We all love her differently. Perhaps, I don't love Pisgah or Nantahala National Forests more than otherss, either. But, when you are very fond of someone, or a mountain, cove, or city park, you want to know more about them. What's their background? What's their life been like? What have they endured? What challenges exist today? What can I do to help? Finding the answers to those questions led to the birth of my books, "Clingmans Dome, Highest Mountain in the Great Smokies" "Pisgah National Forest: a History" and more recently, "Nantahala National Forest: a History"----all published by History Press.

As a career nurse practitioner in cardiology, family practice, and emergency medicine, I spent weekends climbing mountains or piloting a small plane somewhere. When I retired, thirty years of independent nature study became more structured in earning my naturalist's certificate through the Blue Ridge Naturalist's Program (UNCA-NC Arboretum). I have taught a class at the NC Arboretum on the Spruce-fir Forest Ecosystem. In 2014, I completed the NC Environmental Educator Certification Program. and later, the Southern Appalachian Naturalist's program at the Great Smoky Mtn. Institute (UT-Knoxville.) I volunteerded for GSMNP and Appalachian Bear Rescue for a number of years. Now, I offer educational sessions at special events with the release of my ceremonial white doves, and provide nature/environmental presentations for classrooms and community events.

Born in Asheville, NC, I completed my Masters of Science degree at East-Tennessee State University and worked as a nurse practitioner for McDowell Hospital Systems until retirement. Now, I'm beckoned outdoors.

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