Help Protect the Southern Appalachians

The Southern Appalachians region stretches across the peaks and valleys of western North Carolina and east Tennessee.

The Southern Appalachians region is known for its breathtaking scenery, abundant wildlife and world-class camping, hiking and fishing. Nestled in the southern Appalachian Mountains, these biodiverse forests are among America’s greatest natural treasures. According to the U.S. Forest Service, the Nantahala-Pisgah National Forest ranks fourth in the nation for development threats around its perimeter.

Our work helps protect thousands of acres of forests, mountains and waterways in the Southern Appalachians region, not to mention the elk, bears, birds, salamanders and other wildlife that depend on them. But we don’t accomplish this alone. Your support makes all the difference in protecting this wild landscape. 

If you love this landscape and want to work to protect it, please:

Become a member

When you donate $35 or more, you become a member of The Wilderness Society and join our network of supporters dedicated to protecting the Southern Appalachians and other wild places.

Make a donation

Even a small donation can help us continue our work to protect the Southern Appalachians.

Stay connected

Join our growing online community of people working to protect our cherished wild places.

Take action

Many issues that affect one wildland also affect other wild places across the country. Learn about current issues and lend your voice to important causes.

  • After years of sharing photos that show the best of American lands, the BLM now apparently sees these places in terms of the polluting resources that can be drilled, dug or blasted from beneath their surface.

  • Trump aims attack at national monuments: 24 at risk

    President Trump is ordering a "review" of at least 24 national monuments designated since the beginning of 1996, a sweeping action that is intended to shrink boundaries and reduce protections. Here are some of the monuments under attack, ranging from rare wildlife habitat to Native American archaeological ruins.

  • Amid a new flurry of executive orders, Trump directed Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to examine more than 20 national monuments designated since the beginning of 1996, presumably with an eye toward shrinking their boundaries and reducing protection.