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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 of The Wilderness Act and the 40th anniversary of the Sipsey Wilderness! We will also be recognizing and showing appreciation for our Wild South volunteers and all the work they have accomplished in the last year in our Alabama national forests.

Picnic! – Speeches and stories by Wilderness champions! – Prizes! – Live music -Games!


  • your musical instrument and jam with fellow Wilderness lovers!
  • a chair

12:15 – Picnic lunch begins at the pavilion in Corinth Recreation Area, followed by recognition of Wild South volunteers. The picnic will be provided by Wild South.

1:30 – Drawings for the Sipsey Challenge prizes. All hikers who earned Sipsey Bucks in the Challenge have a chance to win great prizes.

2:00 – 4:00 Meet and hear speeches and stories by Wilderness champions, our heroes who worked to give us the great gift of federally designated wilderness areas in Alabama, the Sipsey Wilderness in particular. Presentation of awards to speakers and other wilderness champions in attendance.

Special guest speakers will include these Wilderness Warriors:

  • Jim Manasco, local artist, writer and advocate for the Eastern Wilderness Act and the Sipsey Wilderness
  • John Randolph, author of The Battle for Alabama’s Wilderness
  • Dr. Charles Borden, local advocate for the expansion of the Sipsey Wilderness
  • Kathy Stiles Freeland, Wilderness advocate, former Executive Director of The Nature Conservancy in Alabama and Ruffner Mountain Nature Center


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  1. Michael Cook on October 21, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    See you there.