Other Campaigns in the Southern Appalachians

The Southern Appalachians are among the most iconic wild places in America. At Wilderness, we're working to keep them wild.

We work with local residents and partners to maintain hiking and biking trails in the wilderness areas in the Southern Appalachians. We’re also working with private landowners to help conserve interconnected forests on public and private lands.

Our work on the ground helps to keep the forests and wilderness areas of the Southern Appalachians accessible, while still protecting their wild aspects.

Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards

The Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards are dedicated to maintaining trails in the designated Wilderness areas in the Southeast. Learn more and get involved

Slick Rock to Shining Rock

The forests of the Great Smoky Mountains extend beyond National Forest boundaries. Learn how we’re working with private landowners.

  • Michael Reinemer

    Development of natural areas in the United States, coupled with expected changes in climate, have increased the importance of migration corridors that connect protected natural areas. Large, connected wild lands reduce the isolation of animal and plant populations and allow for migration and movement that can help preserve populations of wild species and enhance genetic and ecosystem diversity. 

  • Sarah Graddy

    An analysis of more than 8,700 low-producing natural gas wells in two counties in the San Juan Basin, San Juan and Rio Arriba, determined that BLM’s rule will have little to no negative impact on these marginal wells.

    The results of the study indicate that the new rule—which aims to reduce waste from venting, flaring and leaks from oil and gas operations on public and tribal lands—will actually increase overall production and royalties paid to support vital services in the state of New Mexico.

  • Michael Reinemer

    The measure would permanently authorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund, protect two wilderness areas in New Mexico and address water supply and river restoration efforts in the Yakima Basin in Washington state.