Land Protection and Acquisition

Sampson Mountain Wilderness, TN. Photo: SouthWings.

Sampson Mountain Wilderness, TN. Photo: SouthWings.

Although the eastern United States has comparatively little publicly-owned land, the Southern Appalachian Region is a proud exception. The region – which is also one of the most biodiverse areas in the world – boasts over 3.7 million acres of public land, including US Forest Service and National Park lands. It also contains millions of acres of ecologically important privately-owned lands.

Fiery Gizzard, Cumberland Plateau, TN. Photo Courtesy of Stephen Alvarez.

Fiery Gizzard, Cumberland Plateau, TN. Photo Courtesy of Stephen Alvarez.

Since our founding, SouthWings has been flying on land protection issues in the Southern Appalachians. Flights have been used to investigate timber sales, scout new wilderness areas for protection, and educate the media and public officials. Opportunities exist to increase protection and conserve new acreage.

Land protection campaigns in which we are participating include:

The Tennessee Wilderness Act

The Open Space Institute’s Southern Cumberland Land Protection Fund

We also regularly fly with land trusts throughout the region to help them monitor their holdings.