Weesie Smith by Michael Hayman

Photo by Michael Hayman

Wild South’s  Women of the Sipsey campaign recognizes and honors the women who were so hugely instrumental in the establishment of the Sipsey Wilderness.  One of these heroines is Weesie Smith, who died peacefully at home on New Year’s Eve at the age of 89.

Weesie was an environmental activist who worked at every level for the Sipsey Wilderness, from the soil of the piece of earth in Winston and Lawrence Counties that would be designated Wilderness, to the halls of Congress in Washington, D.C.

It is with deepest gratitude that we acknowledge that our lives have been enriched because of Weesie Smith’s love for our wildest places, and for her unrelenting determination to permanently protect them.

We invite you to learn more about Weesie’s amazing life: