7th Green Gala

7th Annual Wild South Green Gala

Featuring Roosevelt-Ashe Conservation Awards

March 20, 2015 from 7pm-10pm at The Orange Peel, Asheville, NC

– AND Live-Streaming this year with prizes and fun for everyone getting ACTIVE!

We are very excited to announce this year’s Green Gala on March 20th is going high-tech !  We think you’ll be as excited as we are about the new platform called “Smart Party” that allows us to invite everyone to get connected and be part of the event. Through the use of Smart Party® technology, we will be able to bring advocates for environmental protection together in an engaging and meaningful way

The role you play can’t be understated. How It Works:

Please visit http://www.smartparty.org/greengala to purchase tickets to the event, spread the word through social media and make a donation. We are ready to share the site far and wide and encourage others to join the initiative. Our goal is to raise awareness for the incredible work done this past year and to raise $2,000 to support Wild South’s mission of connecting people to our public lands and fighting for the wilds!


Contact:Benjamin Colvin, Development Director

ben.colvin@wildsouth.org, 828-258-2667


Wild South Announces 7th Annual Conservation Award Nominees

ASHEVILLE, NC – Regional conservation non-profit Wild South announced today the Nominee Finalists for its 7th Annual Roosevelt-Ashe Conservation Awards. The awards will recognize and honor outstanding work in 2014 to protect wild places and wild things in the South. This year’s nominees represent five Southern states and exemplify dedication and passion for environmental conservation. The winners will be announced and awards will be presented at Wild South’s 7th Annual Green Gala held March 20, 2014 at The Orange Peel in Asheville, NC.

“It is critical to celebrate incredible people that unite us all to protect wild places and wild life in the South. It requires us all working together to leave a legacy for environmental protection for generations to come” said Benjamin Colvin, Wild South’s Development Director.

“This year’s nominees truly represent the best in conservation and these people are heroes that inspire through their dedication, their passion for a cause, and their victories that leave a lasting legacy. Wild South’s Roosevelt-Ashe Conservation Awards once again have attracted top notch nominees” said Virginia Dollar, Award Selection Committee member.

The Green Gala will also recognize two special awards for lifetime achievements in conservation work. “We are honored to recognize two individuals for their life’s work on behalf of the South’s environment,” said Pat Byington, Wild South Executive Director. “We are so proud to honor Dr. Liane Russell of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, founder of the Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning and Bishop Heron Johnson, a “Modern Day Noah” in Birmingham, Alabama, who helped save the watercress darter, one of the rarest fish in the world.”

Community Partners for Wild South’s 7th Annual Green Gala include The Green Sage Café, Deltec Homes, Eagle’s Nest Outfitters, Hickory Nut Gap Farm, Pisgah Brewing Co., Earth Fare, Smiling Hara Tempeh, Blackbird Frame & Art, Highland Brewing Company, The Orange Peel and more.

Wild South’s 7th Annual Roosevelt-Ashe Conservation Award Nominee Finalists:

Outstanding Journalist

  • D. Beeland (Freelance Science and Nature Writer, NC)
  • Karen Chavez (Asheville Citizen-Times, NC)
  • Jack Igleman (Carolina Public Press, NC)

Outstanding Business

  • 212 Market Restaurant (Chattanooga, TN)
  • Second Gear (Asheville, NC)
  • Tellico KATS (Tellico, TN)

Outstanding Conservationist

  • Paul Carlson (The Land Trust for the Little Tennessee, NC)
  • Brent Martin (The Wilderness Society, NC)
  • Jeannie Nelson (The Land Trust for Tennessee, TN)

Outstanding Educator

  • Eric Bradford (Asheville Greenworks, NC)
  • James Costa (Western Carolina University/Highlands Biological Station, NC)
  • Nancy Muse (Visual Arts, Central School Florence, AL)

Outstanding Youth

  • William David (Asheville, NC)
  • Joseph Jenkins (Auburn University, AL)
  • Carly Stines (Girl Scout Troup 374, Wake Co, NC)