Southern Appalachians Focus Areas

The forests in the western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee sections of the Southern Appalachians are extremely wild. They also are threatened by reckless logging and unrestrained development.

Our work within the Southern Appalachians is focused on two areas: the Nantahala National Forest in eastern Tennessee and the Pisgah National Forest in western North Carolina.

Eastern Tennessee

In eastern Tennessee, we’re working with the Tennessee Wild coalition to permanently protect 20,000 acres of the Southern Appalachians region as federally designated wilderness.

Western North Carolina

The mountains of western North Carolina are some of the greatest treasures in the east. We’re working to protect the forests and streams in these remarkable wildlands.

  • Sarah Graddy

    A new report released today by The Wilderness Society raises the alarm about wild lands threatened by extractive industries eager to exploit the resources on or underneath them, including oil, gas and coal.

  • Kate Mackay

    Jamie Williams, president of The Wilderness Society, responded to reporting by the Wall Street Journal and Washington Post that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has recommended that the Trump administr

  • Tim Woody