Archive for December 2012

Wild South Wins Google Earth Developer Grant

Local Non-Profit to Develop Interactive, Web-Based Map and Virtual Tours of Cultural Geography of the Cherokee People in Western North Carolina ASHEVILLE, N.C. (Dec. 20, 2012) – Wild South today announced it has been awarded a $20,000 developer grant from Google Earth Outreach to create an interactive, web-based Google Earth Map, virtual tours and a…

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48,000 Acres and Endangered Species Protected in Mississippi

Settlement Agreement Improves Protection for Endangered Woodpecker on Mississippi’s Noxubee Wildlife Refuge BROOKSVILLE, Miss.— Two conservation groups and a long-time volunteer have reached a landmark settlement agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that will lead to better protection for the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker on Mississippi’s Noxubee Wildlife Refuge.  The Fish and Wildlife Service…

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The Bankhead’s Magical Canyons

Descending into one of the canyons of the Bankhead National Forest is like passing through a portal into another world.  Hemmed in by massive sandstone bluffs, a canopy of towering hemlocks filters sunlight through blue-green foliage, creating a peaceful ambiance beyond the simply visual.  Aged and imposing sentinels of old-growth tuliptree, beech, and white oak,…

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Volunteer Work Day in Sipsey Wilderness, Sat. Dec. 15

On November 17, Wild South volunteers tackled a huge privet population and blown-down trees along and on Sipsey Wilderness Trail #206 on Thompson Creek.  Thank you, privet warriors and crosscut team! Now, let’s do it again. Wild South’s Helping Hands Volunteer Workday in the Bankhead National Forest (Alabama) Saturday, December 15, 2012 8:30 a.m. at…

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TN Wild Intern answers, “Why Wilderness?”

Recently we asked our TN Wild Interns to discuss their experience organizing communities and lobbying Congress to protect nearly 20,000 acres of Wilderness in the Cherokee National Forest.  Learn more about our campaign and take action by contacting your Senators today and urge them to pass the TN Wilderness Act right away. by Michael Deal, TN Wild Intern…

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Burning Planned in Linville Gorge

Watauga Demcrat: USFS seeks input on Gorge burn plan by Anna Oakes A proposal to burn 16,586 acres of the Linville Gorge has the support of several environmental groups, but a number of citizens have organized to oppose the plan. Under the plan, announced in a May 18 scoping letter, the U.S. Forest Service will…

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Time is running out for Wilderness

Very important! Time is running out for some two-dozen wilderness bills pending in Congress, including the Tennessee Wilderness Act of 2011 (S.1090). Together, these pieces of legislation would safeguard more than 2 million acres of our nation’s most amazing wild places, including 19,556 acres in Tennessee. Please join us in urging our senators and representatives…

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CD’s Custom Woodworks

Born and raised in the smallest state in the Union, Rhode Island, I grew up in a large family with deep ties to the region. From an early age I loved the outdoors, be it playing in the yard to hiking, I always wanted to be outside. As a boy I loved to visit the…

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Keepsakes for a Cause

Looking for a great gift idea for the holidays?  Have a look at this beautiful keepsake hand crafted by our friends at CD’s Custom Woodworks.  The leaves featured in the design are of the America Chestnut, a  symbol of the Southern Appalachians.  Proceeds from the sale of this one-of-a-kind recycled wood keepsake will go directly to Wild South…

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