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Summer 2017 U.S. Forest Service Forest Plan Revision Open Houses

From the U.S. Forest Service, National Forests in North Carolina:
Forest Plan Revision Open House
The U.S. Forest Service will hold open houses across the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests from late June to early August to provide the public with opportunities to talk with Forest Service staff about local issues, district projects, and the Nantahala and […]

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Nantahala-Pisgah Forest Planning Update

Most of the public’s involvement with the revision of the Nantahala-Pisgah National Forest Management Plan has centered around Wilderness, but there are other important elements concerning the “nuts and bolts” of forest planning that have broad implications for special places in the forest.
We are approaching a watershed moment in forest planning in which we will […]

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National Legislation – Local Impact: LWCF Funding

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) has introduced two bills to reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), now set to expire in 2018. LWCF was created in 1964 through offshore oil royalties, at an annual appropriation level of $900 million, and at no cost to the US taxpayer. LWCF provides benefits to all states, including […]

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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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