Bill Hodge

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Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewardship Coordinator



Bill is the Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewardship Coordinator. Before joining The Wilderness Society in May of 2011, Bill had already started Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards (now a project of TWS) to serve 11 wilderness areas across the Southern Appalachians. Bill’s passion for stewardship began has a field organizer for Tennessee Wild, a citizens campaign supporting new wilderness designation in the Cherokee National Forest.

Bill came to conservation work in 2009 after a 25-year career in college athletics and broadcast media management and is a graduate of the University of Evansville.

Currently a member of board of directors for the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance, and a member of the Society for Wilderness Stewardship’s professional development committee, Bill is deeply involved in recruiting and inspiring the next generation of wilderness stewards. Bill is a Class B USFS Certified Sawyer, Wilderness First Aid Certified and is a Leave No Trace Master Educator.

Bill and his wife Laura have spent many years using their photography skills for conservation efforts, and are thrilled to call Coker Creek, Tennessee home.