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.

  • This report describes how the U.S. government agency that oversees 700 million subsurface acres of oil and gas resources on nearly 250 million acres of public lands is saddled with outdated and unbalanced policies, often contradicting its own mandate to manage the land for multiple uses.

    90 percent of the public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management is open to oil and gas leasing, even in areas with little or no potential for developing these resources, compromising potential for protecting wildlife and recreation, while encouraging speculative leasing.

  • This report describes how the U.S. government agency that oversees 700 million subsurface acres of oil and gas resources on nearly 250 million acres of public lands is saddled with outdated and unbalanced policies, often contradicting its own mandate to manage the land for multiple uses.

    90 percent of the public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management is open to oil and gas leasing, even in areas with little or no potential for developing these resources, compromising potential for protecting wildlife and recreation, while encouraging speculative leasing.

  • This data map is an update to the Open for Business leasing statistics. It shows BLM acreage open to leasing around the West.