Archive for October 2012

Hike in the Bankhead NF Nov. 3

Join Wild South for a hike in the Bankhead National Forest! Saturday, November 3, 2012 9:30 a.m. Maxwell Creek Leader:  Carroll Wilson Distance:  1.5 miles roundtrip, with a longer option Rating:  Moderate All ages welcome *** Sign up here or at 256-974-6166.  Advance sign-up is required. *** Maxwell Creek is located in the northwest section…

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TN Wild in the News

Wilderness Act deserves passage Wilderness areas are good for all Congress dawdles on wilderness approval Wilderness Act must be passed Positive issues in Wilderness Bill Tenn. wilderness area expansion proposal (VIDEO) Wilderness Act would protect our green and our gold Vanderbilt alum Lamar Alexander spearheads conservation effort  

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Victory at Hand on the Noxubee Refuge

This Thanksgiving season we will be celebrating with another bird in mind, the Endangered Red-cockaded woodpecker.  This wide ranging species has been reduced to pockets of habitat that are vital for its survival.  One of those habitats is found in Mississippi on the Noxubee Wildlife Refuge.  

This year Wild South filed a lawsuit with Greenfire Law, the Center for Biological Diversity, and long-time Noxubee volunteer Margaret Copeland to put an end to the mismanagement of the Noxubee that had resulted in a significant and steady decline in the bird’s numbers.  Of critical concern was the Service’s efforts to push the Refuge into an unnatural, even-aged checkerboard managed through clearcutting which removed the old trees upon which the woodpecker depends.  The primary responsibility of our National Wildlife Refuge system is to help the recovery of endangered species.  It was clear to us that this responsibility was not being met on the Noxubee and we and our partners stepped in to change that.

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Tennessee Wild

Tennessee Wild is now officially a project of Wild South and we are delighted to support this critically important effort to protect the Wilderness of East Tennessee.  For the past four years this campaign was coordinated by the Southern Appalachian Forest Coalition who closed their doors on April 1st and we thank them for the hard work and…

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Grandfather National Scenic Area

Wild South seeks a congressional designation to establish the Grandfather National Scenic Area, which would permanently protect 25,000 acres of forest comprising the viewsheds of Blowing Rock and Grandfather Mountain. Learn more and show your support! Visit the GNSA Campaign’s website, www.gnsafornc.org, to see the latest Campaign updates, events, reports, images, endorsements, and how you can get…

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Bankhead National Forest (AL) Hike Oct. 27

Wiggins Hollow Hike Sign up! Leader:  Robert Howell Distance:  4 miles roundtrip Level of challenge: Moderate Open to ages 10 and over In the Warrior Mountains of the Bankhead National Forest in northwest Alabama, layers of human history mingle with the last 10,000 years or so of natural history.  This is evident in varying ways throughout…

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Federal Court Protects Brook Trout

Tellico

Rejecting a challenge from ORV enthusiasts, a federal judge today upheld U.S. Forest Service and conservation groups’ efforts to protect the Tellico River watershed in the Nantahala National Forest, including streams critical to native brook trout, from pollution caused by excessive off-road vehicle use. Heavy usage of the Tellico ORV trails system damaged habitat in…

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Our Donors

Special Thank You Fred & Alice Stanback Brad  & Shelli Stanback Robert Kuehlthau and South Wings The National Forest Foundation Patagonia The Norcross Wildlife Foundation The Fund for Wild Nature Town Creek Foundation Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation Ben & Jerry’s Foundation Blumenthal Fund Earth Fare The Jubilee! Community Legacy, Inc. National Environmental Education Foundation Walker…

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