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Wild South Launches Interactive Cherokee Journey

This Fourth of July, take a moment to appreciate not only the story of America and its independence, but also the rich history of Native America. This month Wild South an Asheville-based conservation non-profit, in partnership with Google Earth Outreach, development firm TopFloorStudio, and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has launched Cherokee Journey, an interactive website filled…

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Bankhead National Forest Hike, July 6

  Sipsey Fork Saturday, July 6 9:30 a.m. The July 6 hike will be to a place on the Sipsey Fork that was the site of an old bridge.   The crossing here is shallow with swimming holes, a sand beach, abundant aquatic life and lush, deep forest.  Before swimming and having a picnic lunch on…

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MS Wilderness Rangers Highlighted by National Forest Foundation!

June 2013- Wild South’s Mississippi Wilderness Rangers have been highlighted in the Summer-Fall 2013 issue of “Your National Forests”, the National Forest Foundation’s Magazine! Working in the often-neglected Black Creek Wilderness and Leaf Wilderness, the rangers are improving public engagement and education, protecting the solitude and character of wilderness, completing a recreation inventory and more.…

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NC Amphibian Bill Passed!

Wild South’s Wildlife Ambassador, 14 year old Rachel Hopkins, led the campaign to name official state symbols – State Salamander, the Marbled Salamander, and State Frog, the Pine Barrens Tree Frog. On June 19, 2013, the bill (HB830) passed Senate vote and will be signed into law!   Rachel continues to ‘wow’ everyone she meets with…

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Tennessee Wild Gains Support!

June 2013-The Tennessee Wild Campaign that will add 20,000 acres of Wilderness to the Cherokee National Forest in TN requires the support of diligent, passionate and determined people…and that’s JUST what we’ve got, thanks to YOU!  At Riverbend Festival in Chattanooga and at Bonnaroo in Manchester, TN, dedicated TN Wild volunteers and staff got thousands…

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Get to know the GNSA

This summer Wild South is ramping up our  Campaign  to protect 25,500 acres of some of the most spectacular scenery in Western North Carolina.  Stretching from Grandfather Mountain along the Blue Ridge Parkway to Highway 321 sits the proposed Grandfather National Scenic Area (GNSA). Wild South has been working to protect this area with members…

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Home Sweet Home for Hellbenders

  by Arianne Messerman Hellbenders (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis) are the largest salamanders in North America, and the only representatives of the family Cryptobranchidae outside of Asia. These fully aquatic titans live in cool, clean mountain streams and rivers throughout Appalachia. The permeable skin and long life span of the species make these creatures particularly valuable as…

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Trail Work Day in Sipsey Wilderness, June 15

  Join us on Saturday, June 15 at 8:30 a.m. as we pick up where we left off June 1 on Sipsey Wilderness Trail 203 (Bankhead NF, Alabama). Sign up HERE We will hike in 1.1 mile from the eastern end of the trail on the Old Northwest Road and come out the same way,…

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Wild South Interns Studying Hellbender Populations

Using innovative designs for “Hellbender Huts” made of concrete using wooden molds, Wild South interns will learn more about Hellbender reproductive behavior and populations. Elusive and ancient Eastern Hellbender salamanders are the largest salamander in the entire western hemisphere and live right here in our backyard!  They are incredibly unique and fascinating species that require…

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