Stories from the Southern Appalachians

The Southern Appalachians are more than a landscape, they are a sanctuary and a way of life.

The Southern Appalachians are less than a day’s drive away for one-third of the nation. The wild forests of the Smokies are a home and a livelihood for many local residents who want to keep it that way for generations to come.

Bob's Story

Few families can claim to have deeper roots than those of the Plott family in the Southern Appalachians. Author, conservationist and wood carver Bob Plott still raises Plott hounds, which were first brought to the area by his great, great, great grandfather in 1750.

Scotty's Story

Scotty Bowman and his wife Laura live in an area surrounded by the Appalachian Mountains and Cherokee National Forest in northeastern Tennessee, where they are raising their three children.

  • Neil Shader

    The new guidance requires analysis under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) has to include effects on climate change – including resource extraction and timber harvesting on federal lands.

  • Emily Linroth

    Montanans from all walks of life announced today that they will continue to defend a beneficial forest restoration project responding to several groups’ repeated attempts to derail it in court.

  • Michael Reinemer

    That legislation carried a number of conservation provisions to safeguard natural, cultural, and historic sites in more than 25 states. “Today, Congress has given the American people an enduring, irreplaceable gift by protecting a number of wild places to explore and celebrate across the country.