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 they care about. The wildest of places are especially vulnerable. But this winter we’ve seen how, with a little support, people who love wild lands can organize to make conservation a reality. They can teach their kids to love the forest. They can succeed in difficult conservation projects. They can craft sustainable wild lands policy.
Lessons learned on public lands will help sustain conservation efforts during the current national health challenge. Here’s how defense of your wild lands will look for the near future.
This spring Wild South is supporting your community’s COVID-19 containment efforts by rescheduling events later in the spring and summer. We’re coordinating closely with land managers and local government to help keep emergency resources available for pandemic response rather than distracting them with forest search and rescue. We’ll continue strategic conservation projects — evaluating effectiveness of wilderness management, protecting fragile cliffside habitats, testing water quality of wild and scenic rivers, and more. We’ll engage in wilderness and recreation policy matters in the Nantahala-Pisgah Forest Plan revision, setting precedent for Forests across the South.
Your public lands need you. Without people to enjoy, value, and protect wild places, there will be no wild places. The good news is that you’re not alone. Be sure to check out our Favorite Photos of Winter 2020 of communities who care about their lands just like you.
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 a Wilderness. …
Something in Common
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. …