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.

  • Michael Reinemer

    Rather than using taxpayer dollars, the program’s funds come from a small slice of royalties from oil and gas leases in publicly owned offshore waters. 

    The 2017 budget would invest $900 million for conservation and recreation projects, which is the annual amount authorized by the 1964 bill that created this popular program. However, actual funding approved by Congress has traditionally fallen far short of that amount. 

    Alan Rowsome at The Wilderness Society commented:

  • Anonymous

    “The proposed guidelines from the Bureau of Land Management governing natural gas waste are a huge step forward toward ensuring public resources on federal lands are used for Americans’ benefit, and not wasted.

    “For too long, oil and gas companies have been able to vent and flare unlimited quantities of natural gas and ignore massive leaks from outdated infrastructure. These unregulated actions have immense consequences for American taxpayers, who lose out on more than $330 million annually from gas that is not being sold.

  • Jennifer Dickson

    The 2016 Utah Public Lands Initiative (PLI) draft released by Utah Representative Rob Bishop fails to provide adequate protections for scenic public lands in the state, would undermine bedrock environmental laws and threatens to despoil key public lands.