Sierra Club on the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act

Take the time to watch this very good and short video about the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act. It will definitely make you want to  Sign Up Today for the NC Sierra Club Wilderness Weekend!

On September 3, 1964 President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law one of our country’s greatest conservation laws, the Wilderness Act. This historic bill established the National Wilderness Preservation System and set aside an initial 9.1 million acres of wild lands for the use and enjoyment of the American people. Over the past 50 years, and as a result of America’s support for wilderness, Congress has added nearly 100 million more acres to this unique land preservation system—in 44 out of 50 states. The 1964 Wilderness Act defines “Wilderness” as areas “where the earth and its community of life …appear to have been affected primarily by the forces of nature, with the imprint of man’s work substantially unnoticeable…”

Wilderness Interviewees

Forest Service to Host Uwharrie National Forest Trail Strategy Meeting – Sept 18

If you spend anytime over in the Uwharrie you know it is a special place. The Salisbury Post just ran this article about the endangered and threatened species being studied there – Researchers use Uwharrie National Forest as living lab.  On the same page as the article are 2 sidebars worth reading – “Archaeology, anthropology research significant” and “A little history with your hike”.

If you want to be a part of the long term planning and use of the forest, plan to attend the meeting. For more information or to get on the email distribution list, contact:

Theresa Stevens Savery (Terry)
District Recreation Staff Supervisor
National Forests in North Carolina
Uwharrie National Forest
789 NC Hwy 24/27 East
Troy, NC 27371-9332
Phone #: 910-576-6391 x 102
Cell #: 910-975-0274

Uwharrie Trail Meeting

Forest Service to Host Trail Strategy Meeting

TROY, N.C., Sept. 10, 2014 – The USDA Forest Service National Forests in North Carolina today announced that it will host a workshop on Sept. 18 to address management of non-motorized and motorized recreation trails across the Uwharrie National Forest. The meeting will be held 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Garner Center, 210 Burnette St., Troy, N.C.

Representatives from a wide range of trail-user groups, individuals who represent local communities and ecotourism, or individuals not represented by larger user groups are invited to collaborate in the process, which is expected to take up to a year to complete. The result will be recommendations for a comprehensive trail management plan for the Uwharrie National Forest in North Carolina, along with a stronger community of volunteers to assist with these efforts.

The Forest Service initiated this process because use of forest trails in North Carolina is increasing every year. Resources used to maintain trails have been static or decreasing. The emphasis will be on high-quality experiences on sustainable trail systems. The trail strategy is the next step in implementing the Land and Resource Management Plan for the Uwharrie National Forest, which called for designated non-motorized and motorized trails.

With more than120 miles of system trails, the Uwharrie National Forest encompasses 50,000-plus acres in the Piedmont of North Carolina. Visit for more information.

Sign Up Today for the NC Sierra Club Wilderness Weekend!

The Sept. 26 – 27 Sierra Club Wilderness Celebration happening at Morrow Mountain State Park is just around the corner.  If you haven’t already reserved your spot, it’s not too late.  Click here to let us know you are coming.

There are plenty of great outings for this weekend celebration.  Click here to see the full list of outings!

Here are 5 things that we are looking forward to, and hope you are as well!

Canoeing on Lake Tillery, Yadkin-Pee Dee River and Hidden Lake

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This paddle goes upriver to the Yadkin Falls Dam and back, exploring the mouth of the Uwharrie River and the hidden lakes.  Bald eagles are often seen in these areas. The trip begins at the Morrow Mountain State Park Boathouse and will last about 2 hours.

Click here for more information and to reserve your spot on this outing! It’s certainly going to fill up.

A Service Outing

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Morrow Mountain rangers and staff have been very generous with their time and facilities for our celebration weekend.  This is our opportunity to give something back!  So be sure to bring your work gloves with you to this party!

Click here to let us know if you will be a lending a hand at this service outing

Birkhead Wilderness Hike

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A wilderness celebration wouldn’t be complete without a wilderness hike.  This hike will take about two hours and space is very limited.

Click here to join Henry Fansler for a hike in the Birkhead wilderness area!



Anyone can get a campsite of their own, but Nancy Card has reserved a group site for folks coming to celebration!  Email Nancy at ( if you want to stay at the group site – it too is filling up fast!

Campfires! Ghost stories!  S’mores!

The Kron Homestead


Ranger Ron Anundson will open the buildings and guide us through the restored homestead, office, greenhouse and family graveyard of Dr. Francis Kron.

Those who sign up for this tour are in for a treat indeed! Don’t be left out! Click here to sign up.  Space is limited!

Thanks and we look forward to seeing you at Morrow Mountain State Park!

Nancy Card

Chair of the Wilderness Celebration Committee

p.s. – Be sure to bring your lunch on Saturday! And click here to choose your food option for Saturday night’s celebratory event!  

Sept 7th – Aerial America “Wilderness” Television Special

An aerial tour of some of America’s most spectacular wilderness areas. What a treat!

Tune in Sunday, Sept 7th, at 9:00 PM to the Smithsonian Channel and be inspired!

Aerial America Wilderness

The Smithsonian Channel is available through Time Warner Cable on channel 131/1019.

On Sunday Sept. 7, at 9:00 PM the Smithsonian Channel will broadcast a special wilderness episode of Aerial America. Through stunning vignettes, the program tells the unique stories behind some of the most interesting wilderness areas and the conservation leaders who helped bring them into being. Check your local listing for broadcast times.
For more information about our North Carolina Wilderness Celebration, go to OurWildNC.

For the Love of Ansel Adams and Our Wilderness

If you love wilderness, you need to Celebrate Your Wild Side – Sign Up Today for Our Wild NC Celebration!

This is going to be a great weekend of hikes, special events, and good times. The Celebration will be at Morrow Mountain State Park (just an hour drive from Charlotte, a little beyond Albemarle) on Friday and Saturday, September 26th and 27th. Come for the day or make a weekend of it. Camping is available!

Registration and more information at Celebrate Your Wild Side – Sign Up Today for Our Wild NC Celebration!

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Capturing the Wilderness: An Interview with Peter Essick

For Peter Essick, a world-renowned nature photographer, capturing the Ansel Adams Wilderness area meant long spans of solitary days in the high Sierras — and all the beauty and adventure that entails.

Some of the winter shots required the most daring he’s ever needed in his 25-year career, including one memorable past snap of a radioactive alligator from a project on nuclear waste. Digging his own snow cave and trying not to suffocate during a four-day blizzard was worth it to Essick, who in his new book, The Ansel Adams Wilderness, celebrates Adams’ work.

Ansel Adams changed the face of nature photography and shaped America’s relationship with our landscapes, and also influenced Essick himself when he was a burgeoning young photographer. Inspired to do the project by a reprint of one of Adams’ early books, Essick discusses the experience with Sierra: reliving an earlier era of photography and bringing us all back to a simpler time.

Sierra magazine: What was it like for you, spending extended periods of time in the wilderness?

Peter Essick: After the first few days you forget about the office. At these higher elevations, above the tree line, it’s sort of like a lunar landscape, a different world. That’s when you can really start to feel a connection to the earth and the landscape, after those first few days, when you get away from all the emails and cell phones. It helps your photography too. You start to focus on trying to capture your feelings about the place, you feel more in tune and more responsive to the landscape.

Read more Read the rest of our interview and check out Essick’s work!

The photo above is an example of the black and white photography inspired by Ansel Adams. It is not the work of Peter Essick. To view his amazing photograpahy, click through to our interview.

Reclaiming Wilderness: Wilderness is where we come from, and we are adapted through evolution to the rigors and beauties of such landscape. It’s time for those of us who know wilderness, and who understand the idea of it, to wrest that idea back from its hijackers.

Why Wilderness: It’s crucial to expose all American–including low-income urbanites and people of color–to the country’s wildest places.

Resuscitating the Wilderness: Indonesian doctors show that stethoscopes might be the best defense against chainsaws.

Celebrate Your Wild Side – Sign Up Today for Our Wild NC Celebration

Celebrate Your Wild Side – Sign up Today for Our Wild NC Celebration!  This is going to be a great weekend of hikes, special events, and good times. Watch this short video to get fired up and then Sign up Today for Our Wild NC Celebration!

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Hope to see you all at Morrow Mountain State Park for our biggest celebration of the year!  We have a wide variety of outings to keep you busy and engaging speakers to keep you entertained!
Nancy Card
NC Sierra Club Wilderness Celebration Committee Chair


Here’s some information about cabins, camping, and local accommodations. Reserve your spot by contacting Nancy Card at or 910-540-3088. Remember to Sign up Today for Our Wild NC Celebration!

Morrow Mountain Accommadations


Advanced Outings Leader Training – Lots of Smiles and Lots of Fun!

Wow, what a great weekend! Outdoor leadership skills, wilderness survival, first aid certification, backpacking gear 101, Leave No Trace principles, trip planning., paddle camping, and more were covered this past weekend, Aug 22-24, at Hanging Rock State Park. We shared yummy lasagna, salad, watermelon, and home made ice cream. Classroom discussions, hikes, and hands on learning made for some terrific sharing of skills and ideas. If you missed this opportunity, plan to join us on our next Sierra Club Outings Leaders certification program!

Congratulations to Central Piedmont members Linda Alley, Dori Bowman, Thanh Huynh, Allison Pelphrey, and David Robinson for completing the advanced Outings Leader Training (OLT-201)!


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OLT Haging Rock Hike

Hidden Falls Hike

… and special thanks to the trainers!

OLT Hanging Rock Trainers