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This holiday season, many families will decorate Christmas trees and front yards with dazzling electric lights, travel long-distance, maybe hundreds of miles to visit relatives, or turn up the central heat and do some online shopping for gifts. A lot has changed about how we celebrate and survive the winter months over the past 160 years. On Sounds Good, Matt Markgraf speaks with Land Between the Lakes Homeplace Lead Interpreter Cindy Earls about how farm families celebrated Christmas in 1850.

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Well told from the American Civil War are the stories of battles and heroic leaders. Among the lesser known stories are those of the farm families and their homesteads who found themselves struggling to survive in the midst of conflict. "It was a trying time," says Land Between the Lakes Homeplace Lead Interpreter Cindy Earls. She speaks with Matt Markgraf on Sounds Good about what life was like for the farm families of western Kentucky and northwestern Tennessee ahead of their reenactment event "Civil War Comes to the Homeplace" this Saturday.

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After more than a year of public outcry over several land management projects at the Land Between the Lakes, the Forest Service is changing the way it interacts with the public.

The change is in part due to a new Forest Service planning rule that emphasizes community collaboration.

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The 1850s Homeplace Trade Fair takes place this weekend at Land Between the Lakes. The annual event offers attendees a taste of American life from two centuries ago. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross sat down with Homeplase Lead Interpreter Cindy Earls to learn just what the fair's all about.

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There are two main Butterfly emergence periods throughout the year, June and September. While the butterfly population will appear plentiful during this time, there is one species you won’t see as frequently as you would have ten years ago, the Monarch.

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Nine-banded armadillos can be found in Land Between the Lakes, eating pesky insects like yellowjackets, wasps and ants (and some plants, too). On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with Woodlands Nature Station Lead Naturalist John Pollpeter to learn more facts about the leathery little mammal, including a unique reproductive trait, what happens if you scare one and whether or not you can get leprosy if you eat one.

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  The United States Forest Service’s southern region forester stopped by Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area Tuesday, where he said the forest service’s controversial Pisgah Bay Project has been temporarily shelved - not fully scrapped.

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The Forest Service at Land Between the Lakes has canceled its controversial Pisgah Bay Project as proposed after months of public outcry.  

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Take a step back through time Saturday at Land Between the Lakes' Homeplace 1850's Independence Day Celebration. Experience how early Kentucky settlers celebrated this holiday with old time music, a famous statesman, the raising of a liberty pole, games and high technology: a hot air balloon. Lead Interpreter Cindy Earls speaks with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good about why this was a big holiday for families then as it is now.

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  Reptile and amphibian species native to Kentucky are in the midst of a scientific review by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to determine if they need federal protection.

Both the alligator snapping turtle and green salamander are already being monitored as a “species of greatest conservation need” under the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources’ Wildlife Action Plan.

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