Archive for August 2014

Tennessee Wilderness Needs YOU!

This is “The Year of Wilderness” – and we need YOU! Join me today to celebrate 50 years of Wilderness and support Wild South’s crucial work. The nearly 20,000 acres of public lands proposed by the TN Wilderness Bill are some of the most spectacular treasures you’ll ever see – boasting nearly waterfalls, mountains, canyons,…

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North Carolina Wilderness Needs YOU!

This is “The Year of Wilderness” – and we need YOU! Join me today to celebrate 50 years of Wilderness and support Wild South’s crucial work. The Linville Gorge Wilderness Area in North Carolina is one of the most spectacular treasures you’ll ever see, boasting nearly 12,000 acres of mountains, canyons, forests, streams, wildlife and…

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Alabama Wilderness Needs YOU!

This is “The Year of Wilderness” – and we need YOU! Join me today to celebrate 50 years of Wilderness and support Wild South’s crucial work. The Sipsey Wilderness Area in Alabama is one of the most spectacular wild places you’ll ever see- a treasure in Alabama with mountains, canyons, forests, streams, wildlife and more!…

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Roan Mountain Bluet (Houstonia purpurea var. montana)

Roan Mountain Bluet (Houstonia purpurea var. montana) By Carson Feather Whitmore This native annual flower appears in the early spring and really blooms brilliantly from May through September. Houstonia purpurea is its scientific name, “purpurea” describing it’s purple color (Tiny Bluet (Houstonia pusilla) describes “pusilla” or  “insignificant”). While the Roan Mountain Bluet may be small…

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Sipsey Wilderness botanical hike August 30

Explore with  botanist Kevin England along the hemlock-shaded, bluff-cradled bank of Borden Creek in the Sipsey Wilderness. Saturday, August 30, 2014 1:00 p.m. Warrior Mountains Trading Company Sign up through Meetup.com .   There is a strict group size limit on this wilderness hike and advance sign-up is required Leader:  Kevin England Distance:  2 miles, roundtrip…

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Mountain Sweet Pitcher Plant (Sarrancenia jonesii)

Mountain Sweet Pitcher Plant (Sarrancenia jonesii) By Carson Feather Whitmore The term “carnivore” doesn’t usually conjure up an image of an elegant plant. But the Mountain Sweet Pitcher Plant is just that – a carnivore -dependent on unsuspecting insects as a vital food source. Mountain Sweet has a long hollow “pitcher”, leaves that are elongated…

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Walls of Jericho

  Walls of Jericho by Carson Feather Whitmore Get outside and experience Walls of Jericho –  for one of the most gorgeous hikes in the South, covered with unique wildflowers, canyons, waterfalls and picturesque views! This popular spot, called the “Grand Canyon of the South”, is a haven for wildlife and naturalists. The gorge is…

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Shortoff Mountain, Pisgah National Forest

Shortoff Mountain, Pisgah National Forest by Carson Feather Whitmore Located in Linville Gorge, “the Grand Canyon of the East”, Shortoff Mountain offers impressive Appalachian peaks and views on one side and the open expanse of Piedmont farmlands to the other. Parts of the rigorous ten-mile round trip trail are along North Carolina’s Mountains-to-Sea Trail. As…

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Thoughts from a North Carolina Wilderness Ranger

Thoughts from a Wilderness Ranger Kayah Gaydish is our AMAZING Wild South Wilderness Ranger in NC, patrolling and stewarding the Linville Gorge Wilderness Area. She leads volunteer stewards to get their boots-on-the-ground, to get dirty, and to protect some of the most beautiful wild places you’ll ever see ! Want to get involved? Sign up…

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“Little River Canyon has grown into a scenic treasure”

Little River Canyon has grown into a scenic treasure By Patrick Byington (as seen on al.com, August 2014) A few years ago, I broke down, dispatched my old “flip phone” and bought an iPhone. Today, it seems, I take pictures and videos of almost every event, moment and memory from my phone. As a result, occasionally,…

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