Wilderness Advocacy

The Fight for Alabama’s Last Wild Places Podcast

Anne Markham Bailey has just released an interesting podcast series, interviewing thirteen founding members of Wild South, and capturing the story of their efforts to change management practices in the Bankhead National Forest. This engaging series of podcasts will unfold over a four-week period, recalling Wild South’s origin in advocacy, and reflecting on the benefit…

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Regional Nonprofit Work to Keep the Wild in Wilderness

By Terry Deal Everyone has reasons why they love living in southern Appalachia. Easy access to wilderness and the beauty and solace of wild places tend to top the list. We are fortunate to have so many opportunities nearby to explore treasured forests and enjoy abundant and varied wildlife as well as remarkable plant species.…

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Public Comment Deadline December 15 on Pisgah-Nantahala Management Plan

The forests need your voice! Comment deadline December 15 The mountains in Western North Carolina are home to the Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests, which offer endless opportunities for recreation, solitude, conservation, and scenic values.   Currently the United States Forest Service is revising their management plan for these lands.  The new plan not only encompasses…

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Alabama Wilderness – Wild South works to protect a national legacy

The National Wilderness Preservation System (NWPS), established by The Wilderness Act of 1964, now contains over 109 million acres of federal lands in 765 distinct wilderness areas. Three of these areas are located in Alabama and are managed by the US Forest Service: The Sipsey Wilderness, Cheaha Wilderness and Dugger Mountain Wilderness. Covering about 42,000…

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Celebrating Tennessee Wilderness

 Calling for the Passage of the Wilderness Act In August, nearly 500 outdoor enthusiasts spent the weekend in Tellico Plains and the Cherokee National Forest, hiking, snorkeling, kayaking and paddle-boarding. They all had one thing in common: Their love for the outdoors and support of the Tennessee Wilderness Act. Below are some great pictures from…

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Wild South’s Campaign for Wildlife and Wilderness Champions

Wild South Invites YOU to be a Wildlife and Wilderness Champion Donate – Become A Champion Today This fall, Wild South is launching our Campaign for Wildlife and Wilderness Champions. Our mission is to inspire people to enjoy, value and protect the wild character and natural legacy of the South. We want you to be a part…

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Removing Invasive Plants from NC Wilderness

Wild South Tackles the Non-native and Invasive Plant Infestations in Linville Gorge Wilderness   Measuring in at nearly 12,000 acres, Linville Gorge is a part of the Pisgah National Forest and is the third largest Wilderness in North Carolina.  Lined with cliffs on either side, this 2,000 foot deep river gorge is a unique ecosystem.…

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MS Rangers Stewarding the Wilds

The National Wilderness Preservation System was created by Passage of the Wilderness Act of 1964.  Mississippi has three federally protected Wilderness Areas: Black Creek, Gulf Islands, and Leaf – totaling just over 10,000 acres.  Wild South first expanded its successful Volunteer Wilderness Ranger Program into Mississippi in June of 2012, deploying two Wilderness Rangers in…

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NC Wilderness Talking Points

1)  The top Priority Areas for Wilderness designation are: Black Mountains, Craggy Mountains (Big Ivy) for the current WSA boundary, Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Extensions, Linville Gorge Extensions, Mackey Mountain, Middle Prong Extension for the IRA acres,Shining Rock Extensions for the IRA acres, Snowbird WSA, Southern Nantahala Extensions, Tusquitee Bald, Unicoi Mountains. None of these areas have…

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Wilderness 50/40 Anniversary Celebration in Bankhead National Forest (AL), Oct. 26

Wild South’s Wilderness 50/40 Anniversary Celebration and annual Volunteer Appreciation Picnic Sunday afternoon, October 26, 2014 Corinth Recreation Area in the Bankhead National Forest Double Springs, Alabama Please let us know you’re coming so we’ll have plenty of food for everyone!  Sign up HERE or on Meetup (but not both, please!) Join Wild South in celebrating the 50th anniversary…

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