Wild Things, Part 2: The Pipevine Swallowtail

Written By David Greene To the right is a pipevine swallowtail caterpillar (Battus philenor). No doubt that you have probably seen dozens of the butterflies that these bad boys become. Swallowtail butterflies are some of the largest and most common butterflies found here in the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Let me point out a few neat […]

Wild Things, Part 1: Ganoderma

Written by David Greene   Chances are that if you have been hiking the Southern Appalachians in the last few years, you’ve come across some of these shiny, orange and red mushrooms.  They are Ganoderma tsugae, or the hemlock varnish shelf, and they are a sign of the changing times. Since the introduction of the […]

Dispatches From the Field: Connection in Disconnection

By: A SAWS Seasonal Employee As a young person (or any person) in this day and age, it is practically impossible to live a productive life without being connected through some sort of technology. For some it may come naturally to view this connection as purely beneficial. We can share ideas globally in an instant, […]

Dispatches From the Field: The Dumbest Thing

“That’s about the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard,” Coker Creek native and all-around burley boy, Jacob reminds me of his frustration of us not bringing the chainsaw into Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness. I heard him say “That’s about the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard” about nine times before we put the truck in Park at the […]

Dispatches from the Field: Trail Capitan’s Log

Trail Capitan’s Log Capitan Matt McWilliams Citico Creek Wilderness This July the 21st, in the year of 2017, Midsummer’s night marks the departure of our trusty vessel, Pedro the van, west, towards the Citico Creek wilds. Little did we know that even before setting foot on wilderness soil, we would be encountering strange beasts. While […]

On Citico Creek- Part II

By Chris Robey When we brush, we work close to the water and use our creek voices to speak. The water’s voice is so loud you have to shout just to let someone know you’re bumping them by, and even then you’re never completely certain they heard you. I might notice Andi or Kajler speaking […]

Seasonal Service and Lasting Lessons

By Elizabeth Collins There I found myself – at the end of yet another seasonal job. I was getting good at this – not making any commitments lasting longer than one year (career-wise, anyway). Three work places down – one for each year since graduating college. But this time, I was on the hunt for […]

Looking Back on 2016, and Gearing Up for 2017

2016 was a breakthrough year for SAWS and the accomplishments can be measured in miles, smiles and legislation. It was a year of growth and transition and a year of new endeavors. We launched a new partnership with the United States Naval Academy, and took on management of the Linville Gorge Information Cabin. The seasonal […]

On Citico Creek-Part I

By Chris Robey One privy ditch dug, one bear bag hung and after a long first day my crewmates and I rest now on the cobble-strewn bank of Citico Creek. Fallen mountain laurel blooms litter the bank on both sides of the creek–small, delicate, curiously geometric. Like little white and pink mandalas. Small pale butterflies […]

Great Fungi

By Abi Roberts   Where would the great fungi civilization be, If with eyes, they saw as we? Comparing each and every stalk, As if the differences were surely flaws. Would they know why each species is so great, Unique so that it can thrive, In caves down deep and mountains high?   How far […]