Archive for November 2013

Yellowhammer Woodpecker (Northern Flicker)

Yellowhammer Woodpecker  (Colaptes auratus) Also called the Northern Flicker or Yellow-Shafted Flicker The Yellowhammer is one of the most common woodpeckers in the US, but it holds a special place in the heart of the South.  In 1927, it became the official State Bird of Alabama, often attributed to a story about a Civil War…

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Wild South hike in Bankhead National Forest (AL) December 7

Turkeyfoot Creek Saturday, December 7 9:30 a.m. Warrior Mountains Trading Company Group size is strictly limited to 10.  Advance sign-up is required.  Click HERE to sign up! Leader:  Janice Barrett Distance:   Approx. 1.75 miles roundtrip Rating:  Moderate All ages welcome This Sipsey Wilderness hike begins at the Sipsey Recreation Area on Cranal Road and proceeds…

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Wildfire in Linville Gorge

This is a developing story please stay tuned for more updates as we receive them… Use this LINK to get the latest updates from the USFS. And please visit our Facebook Page to view pictures. videos and more. Crews battle wildfire in Linville Gorge By Steve Lyttle slyttle@charlotteobserver.com Portions of Pisgah National Forest in Burke…

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Conservation Groups Appeal Decision to Log Courthouse Creek

ASHEVILLE, N.C. —Conservation groups have appealed a Forest Service decision to log high value forest below Devil’s Courthouse in western North Carolina’s Pisgah National Forest.  The Southern Environmental Law Center filed an administrative appeal on behalf the Wilderness Society, Wild South and the Western North Carolina Alliance. The Forest Service has targeted the Courthouse Creek…

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Sipsey Wilderness Work Day, Nov. 16

Join the Wild South crew for a volunteer work day in the Sipsey Wilderness! Saturday, November 16 8:30 a.m. Wild South office Sign up HERE The weather is cool, leaves are falling – time to grab the saws and hit the trails for some invigorating trail maintenance!  Team up with other Wilderness lovers for a…

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Red Hills Salamander

                                                                                 Red Hills Salamander  (Phaeognathus hubrichti) The Red Hills Salamander is a really large terrestrial salamander – about 10 inches long! They are a brownish gray color and were not known to exist until around 1960. Red Hills Salamanders are incredibly unique! They are thought to only live in a small area of only about…

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Wild South Volunteers Facilitate Wilderness Rescue

Wilderness Rescue!   When hiking in the wilderness, one’s fortunes can change in a split second, and that’s what happened to a Sipsey Wilderness hiker on Saturday, Oct.26.  It was late morning when a backpacker on an overnight excursion fell six feet from a log crossing a small tributary of Sipsey Fork and suffered a…

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