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Mountain Valley Pipeline: Let Us Count the Problems…

Last year, community members and our partners in West Virginia and Virginia alerted our office to a concerning pipeline proposal that was progressing quickly through the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) permitting process. There are several natural gas pipelines being proposed in the mid-Atlantic region that would transport fracked natural gas from West Virginia, Pennsylvania, […]

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August 6: Guided Hike in the Black Mountains

[ August 6, 2016; 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. ]  


Guided Hike in the Black Mountains Inventoried Roadless Area           

WHERE:            Black Mountains Mountain Treasure Area

WHEN:               Saturday, August 6, 2016 • 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

RSVP:                  To RSVP email Michelle Ruigrok,

The Wilderness Society Southern Appalachian Office Hosts Guided Hike in the Black Mountains August 6

(SYLVA, NC)—On Saturday, August 6, The Wilderness Society’s Southern […]

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July 19 Wilderness Society Southern Appalachian Office Open House

[ July 19, 2016; 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm. ] On Tuesday, July 19, The Wilderness Society’s Southern Appalachian Office hosts an open house in its new office at 474 West Main Street in downtown Sylva, North Carolina. From 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. the public is invited to drop in to meet the regional staff and enjoy light refreshments. Regional Director Brent Martin will make […]

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June 24: Stewartia Walk with Naturalist Jack Johnston in Fires Creek Area

[ June 24, 2016; 8:00 am to 2:00 pm. ] On Friday, June 24, The Wilderness Society’s Southern Appalachian Office based in Sylva is hosting a guided walk with Stewartia expert Jack Johnston. This is a great opportunity to see and photograph the rare native Mountain Camellia, Stewartia ovata, in flower and to explore the Fires Creek Mountain Treasure Area near Hayesville, NC. Participants will […]

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Asheville Citizen-Times: Wilderness Society hosts writers panel

Story by: Karen Chávez, April 14, 2016

Catherine Reid


ASHEVILLE – When Brent Martin talks about wilderness, his words take on the passionate urgency of a poem.
So it makes sense that Martin, regional director for the Southern Appalachian office of the Wilderness Society, and also a poet, would convene a panel of equally passionate and knowledgeable writers and scientists to […]

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April 15, 2016: “Wilderness & The Anthropocene” Event

When: Friday, April 15, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Where: Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville – 1 Edwin Pl, Asheville, NC 28801

6pm Reception
7pm Panel Discussion
8pm Q&A and Book Signing
Free and open to the public.
Overview: What does it mean to have wilderness, “where man himself is a visitor who does note remain,” […]

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U.S. Forest Service Announces Public Input Opportunity for Wilderness and Wild & Scenic Rivers Evaluations in Nantahala-Pisgah National Forests

The U.S. Forest Service has announced a new round of public meetings and a new opportunity for public input in its evaluations of lands that may be suitable for inclusion in the National Wilderness Preservation System, in the Nantahala-Pisgah National Forest. They must also identify eligibility of rivers for inclusion in the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System.

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Carolina Public Press: Behind-the-scenes effort seeks harmony on WNC forests plan

On October 21, 2015, Carolina Public Press published a new article in its “Forest Lookouts” series by Jack Igelman.
Three years down and two to go for revising the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forest Plan. According to the current timetable, the revised plan should be approaching the finish line.
But a lot of planning remains to be […]

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Op-Ed: Collaboration is key to forest planning

Authors: Josh Kelly, Public Lands Field Biologist, MountainTrue
Hugh Irwin, Landscape Conservation Planner, The Wilderness Society
Ben Prater, Director of Conservation, Wild South
In the past two weeks we have seen some very promising signals from the Forest Service regarding the Nantahala-Pisgah Forest Plan Revision. In both the Asheville Citizen-Times and at the Feb. 5 public meeting in […]

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Carolina Public Press: 50 years after the Wilderness Act, what’s the future of WNC’s wild places?

In a February 4, 2015 article, Carolina Public Press writer Jack Igleman posits the question “what’s the future of WNC’s wild places?” The piece delves into the history and future of wilderness in western North Carolina and explores how wilderness designation and differing opinions on it are at play in the dialogue and process of […]

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