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.

  • DJ Tyson

    Today, a coalition of conservation groups and others announced that a historic number of comments and petitions of support have been submitted to the Department of the Interior in support of Bears Ears National Monument.  Despite the entirely inadequate 15-day period ending on May 26th provided for comments, more than 685,000 comments in support of Bears Ears National Monument have been collected.

  • Michael Reinemer

    The Wilderness Society can provide background, commentary and photos on the Trump administration review of Bears Ears and other national monuments across the country. Our experts can also offer regional insights and historical context regarding the use of the Antiquities Act to protect America’s natural, cultural and scientific treasures. 

    Please feel free to download and use any of the following digital resources in your coverage with appropriate credit.

  • Michael Reinemer

    At a time when America’s parks and other public lands desperately need greater investments and protections, the proposed Trump budget represents a retreat from common sense. Thoughtless cuts proposed for federal land agencies fly in the face of the public’s love for shared national lands and waters.