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U.S. House passes bill proposing to treat Southeastern National Forests as crops

Late Wednesday, the House voted on and passed the so-called “Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017” (H.R. 2936). The legislation proposes to create massive categorical exclusions (CEs) to allow tens of thousands of acres—15 to 45 square miles—of...

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Additions proposed for two Virginia Wilderness Areas

Senator Tim Kaine introduced a bill last week, the Virginia Wilderness Additions Act of 2017, co-sponsored by Senator Mark Warner, that would protect an additional 5,600 acres of the George Washington National Forest in Virginia. {image1} The bill...

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Celebrate National Public Lands Day

Each year, National Public Lands Day provides a chance to reflect on the key role these special public spaces play in American lives. One of the exceptional public places on that list is the Cumberland Plateau, which runs through eastern Tennessee...

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Debilitating federal budget cuts back on the table

In the proposed federal budget released today, the Trump administration recommends crippling cuts to essential federal protections in many areas, though few are as extreme as what is proposed for the Environmental Protection Agency. If Congress was...

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President dismantles stream protections, threatening drinking water for Southeasterners, nation

Today President Donald Trump signed into law a repeal of the Stream Protection Rule, dismantling key protections that help keep our drinking water safe from coal pollution. The President’s signature on this bill marks the first anti-environmental...

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Grant awards over $500,000 for collaborative work in George Washington National Forest

Environmental restoration work in Virginia’s George Washington National Forest got a boost this month thanks to newly announced federal grant funds. Developed in a two and half year public collaborative process, the Lower Cowpasture Restoration and...

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Shared love of Shenandoah Mountain unites community

SELC has long supported collaborative processes involving a wide range of stakeholders to develop forest management plans. Recently, the public television series This American Land featured the Shenandoah Mountain area, which lies in the heart of...

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Logging Southern forests won’t fight wildfires in the West

As Congress prepares to wrap up its business for 2016, supporters of legislation to expedite logging on national forests, including dropping protections for thousands of acres of Southeastern forests, hope to slip their dangerous bill into unrelated...

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National Forests expert, Senior Attorney Sarah Francisco named Director of Virginia Office

SELC has named longtime attorney Sarah Francisco as our new Virginia Office director who will lead this organization’s legal and policy work throughout the state. A senior attorney at SELC, Francisco joined the organization 15 years ago, first as a...

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Locals urge Forest Service to keep western North Carolina wild

Wild places will always tug at our heartstrings. But there’s more than sentimental value to the land we protect as wilderness: these lands harbor rare stands of old growth forest, protect pristine water quality, and provide important habitats for...

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U.S. Forest Service reaches next phase of wilderness evaluation for N.C.’s Nantahala, Pisgah

The Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests’ wilderness evaluation is now available to the public. This evaluation of National Forest land follows on the heels of last year’s wilderness inventory, for which SELC provided extensive input. The...

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Protections for Southeastern forests on Senate committee chopping block

Today the U.S. Senate’s Energy and Natural Resources committee will hear testimony on long-needed Congressional efforts to stabilize funding for wildfire suppression in the Western United States. The problem is the wildfire funding may come with...

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SELC, partners call for improvements to proposed timber sale near Georgia’s Cooper Creek

SELC and our partners are raising concerns about the U.S. Forest Service’s latest proposal for an enormous timber sale in and around northern Georgia’s Cooper Creek watershed. Of particular concern is the alarming change the Cooper Creek proposal...

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Added protections included in Chattahoochee National Forest timber sale

Working closely with Georgia ForestWatch, as well as with the Sierra Club, SELC has secured major improvements to a large-scale logging and forest management project in Georgia’s Chattahoochee National Forest, in the watershed of Warwoman Creek. Our...

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Findings reinforce importance of land protection to biodiversity in the Southeast

A study published in the most recent Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences identifies the U.S. Southeast as the key area for national protection of species biodiversity. Biodiversity is an important indicator of an ecosystem's resiliency....

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SELC working to keep logging out of Pisgah-Nantahala’s backcountry

Together the Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests comprise just over a million acres surrounding Asheville, North Carolina. Offering stunning landscapes and backcountry recreation, these public lands serve as a major driver of the local economy by...

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Tennessee’s Wilderness Act Turns 50

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, which SELC has used to save some of the wildest places in the Southern Appalachians. Wilderness designation requires an act of Congress and affords the strongest protection possible for...

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