Slick Rock to Shining Rock

Little Tennessee River
USFWS
Wild forests aren’t located only inside the boundaries of designated national forests. That’s why The Wilderness Society is working to conserve forests on private lands as well.

Our “Slickrock to Shining Rock” campaign is focused on protecting lands in the Little Tennessee River watershed.

By keeping these wild lands connected, wildlife habitat is improved.

As a connection between the Joyce Kilmer Slickrock Wilderness area and the Shining Rock Wilderness area, the Little Tennessee River watershed is home to spectacular forests. By keeping these wild lands connected, wildlife habitat is improved.

Many of these wooded areas are found on privately owned land, so we’re working with partners and landowners to find ways to protect them. These conservation efforts are cooperative and completely voluntary for landowners. 

The Wilderness Society works with the Little Tennessee Land Trust to protect some of the private lands in the area through conservation easements. These agreements allow the land to remain private property but restrict development, thereby protecting habitats for wildlife.