Environment

  • The Lumber is one of five ‘Wild and Scenic’ rivers in North Carolina
    Editor’s note. This is the third of a three-part series on the Lumber River and its potential as an eco-tourism destination. Even though the Lumber River is one of only five rivers in North Carolina designated as “Wild and Scenic” by Congress, the meandering waterway sees limited use except for locals who were raised on it. The Lumber River runs 115 miles from its headwaters …Read more
  • The week in pictures
    Part II of a three-part series on Fair Bluff and the lower Lumber River. The UNC Pembroke sustainable farming program. Photos by Les High.Read more
  • The Lumber River defines wilderness and serenity for those who love it
    Editor’s note: This is the second of a three-part series that features the Lumber River. Part I covered ecotourism possibilities for Lumber River State Park and Fair Bluff. In this story, Publisher Les High talks with Fair Bluff residents who frequent the river. For the people of Fair Bluff, love of the Lumber River comes naturally. The Rev. Ray Lundy, pastor at Fair Bluff Baptist …Read more
  • A chill video to start your weekend
    This video was taken at Red Belly Slough off the Lumber River near Fair Bluff. The BBI is doing a three-part series on the river and its ecotourism possibilities. Look for the second story in the series next week. Video by Les HighRead more
  • Reimagining Lumber River State Park and Fair Bluff to capture the growing trend of ecotourism
    This is the first in a series of three stories about the lower section of the Lumber River and the revitalization of Fair Bluff. A future series will feature the upper Lumber River. On any given weekend in the southern mountains of Virginia, hundreds – sometimes thousands – of cyclists pedal the 17 miles from near the peak of Mount Rogers to Damascus, Va. It’s …Read more