It was in October 2009 that Wild South’s first Premier Volunteer was named and awarded with a fine sourwood walking stick harvested, crafted and engraved by former Alabama Programs Manager Mark Kolinski.  That first Wild South volunteer to be honored was Ted Kuzma.  Every year since then, Wild South staff has given serious deliberation to…

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It’s Wild Wednesday time at Wild South!  Welcome to our very first Wild Wednesday video.  We are conducting our annual summertime nature hikes for kids and families in the Bankhead National Forest in Alabama a little differently this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.  Join us by watching a series of Wild Wednesday videos we…

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Lost Cove Hike

The big trees, tall cliffs, beautiful waterfalls, and pristine trout waters of Harper Creek and Lost Cove need your help! Before June 29, join Wild South as we ask the US Forest Service to continue protecting these special places.  Use this convenient online form to make your voice heard.  Let USFS know Harper Creek and Lost Cove deserve permanent protection. Right…

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Wild South Buff Wild South is taking the risks presented by COVID-19 seriously and is following USDA and CDC public health guidance as we develop new volunteer protocols.  Although face masks and labor-intensive work in the summer heat are not a friendly mix, we believe it is important to take every step necessary to ensure…

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Jon has been adventuring with Wild South in Linville Gorge Wilderness for 8 years and has logged over 4,000 volunteer hours.  He loves to explore the steep terrain of the Gorge and names Shortoff Mountain as one of his favorite places. When asked to share one of his favorite Wild South memories, Jon said… “Hauling tires…

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The first anniversary of Sid Burgess’s now famous adventure and ultimately successful rescue in the Sipsey Wilderness of north Alabama is April 6.  Sid has written the compelling story of the four days and three nights he wandered wet, cold and lost exactly one year ago in the Sipsey Wilderness.  We at Wild South are…

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Communities that Care for Their Forest It’s been a wonderful winter full of hikes, conservation projects, and wild lands advocacy.  With a beautiful spring around the corner, our shared lands remind us that together we can overcome shared challenges.    Now more than ever we understand that communities must come together to protect the places…

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Many different people passionately enjoy, value, and protect our public lands. Sometimes they seem so different from each other that it would be impossible for them to agree on anything. But they do agree, and that’s amazing. Their love of the land brings them together, a source of unity in divisive times. You know how…

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  Forest love starts for many of us when we are carried outside before we can even walk by adults who feel drawn to be in the wildest places they can get to.  Sometimes that wildest place is a backyard or park; sometimes it is a national or state park or national forest; sometimes it is…

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