America’s National Forests and Parks

Scotland to Celebrate 175th Anniversary of John Muir’s Birth

“One touch of nature makes all the world kin.” – John Muir, in The Cruise of the Corwin (1917) Chapter 3 (echoing William Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida: “One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.”) – By Glynn Wilson – Under the Microscope – It has come to my attention that there will be…

Photo Gallery: Talladega National Forest

Fall Moon by Lake Cheaha

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a view from atop Mount Cheaha, the highest point in Alabama at 2,407 feet above sea level. If a plan goes forward to lease virtually all of the land in this view to a mining company like Halliburton for natural gas drilling, this public land set aside for future generations to…

Where Oh Where Have All the Wildlife Gone?

A stuffed owl on the wall of the Cheaha State Park Restaurant – The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – LAKE CHINNABEE CAMPGROUND, Ala. — Sitting quietly by the fire in the woods on a windless, moonlit night, with only the sound of firewood crackling and coon dogs off in the distance — and…

Sierra Club Reveals Plans for Fixing American Democracy

Bruce Hamilton, deputy director of the Sierra Club, talks about how to fix our democracy – By Glynn Wilson – CAMP BECKWITH, Ala. — The Sierra Club is working on a five point plan for the future and the national staff and political committee will be discussing it this weekend. But Sierra Club Deputy Director…

Maiden Voyage of the Roadship Washington

A Lake Coleman campsite, just a short walk through the forest to the lake Secret Vistas by Glynn Wilson When the summer heat begins to fade away, the days grow shorter and the leaves start falling from the trees and changing colors, I don’t know about you but it’s hard to resist packing up the…

Plans Underway for Public Meeting on Oil and Gas Leasing in Alabama

Bring Back the Civilian Conservation Corps by Glynn Wilson The Department of Interior’s Bureau of Land Management and the United States Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service are working together to plan and schedule a public information meeting about oil and gas leasing in Alabama, tentatively planned for late August in Montgomery, according to an announcement…

Obama Administration Designates National Water Trails in Alabama, Georgia and Missouri

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar designated three National Water Trails in Alabama, Georgia and Missouri on Monday, demonstrating the Obama’s administration’s commitment to work with state and local partners to increase water-based outdoor recreation, encourage community stewardship and promote tourism that fuels local economies. “Restoring our nation’s rivers…

Van Camping Along Highway 64 in the Birthplace of Conservation

Glynn Wilson A mountain meadow along the Davidson River during the spring blooming season. (Click on the images for a larger view. More photos and videos below.) Secret Vistas by Glynn Wilson ASHEVILLE, N.C., March 25 — Sitting in a camp chair in front of the computer by the French Broad River, one of those…

Four Days and Nights Camping by Lake Chinnabee

Glynn Wilson An autumn view of the Lake Chinnabee campground with no one around (click on the image for a larger view) Secret Vistas by Glynn Wilson LAKE CHINNABEE, Ala. — It drizzled rain in the dark all the way from the Oxford, Alabama exit off Interstate 20 through Munford on Highway 21, making it…

A Pair of Pileated Woodpeckers Live Near Lake Chinnabee

A pair of pileated woodpeckers dryocopus pileatus hang out regularly in the vicinity of Lake Chinnabee Recreation Area in the Talladega National Forest, just down the mountain from Cheaha State Park, Alabama’s highest point. These huge birds are nearly as large as a crow and are sometimes mistaken for the ivory-billed woodpecker, believed by many…

Secret Vistas: Last Chance for Autumn Color

Secret Vistas by Glynn Wilson Woke up this mornin’ Turned on the Mac. Got the coffee started, Then looked out the window. The skies are gray, Rain’s on the way. It’s daylight savings time, What can I say? It is that time of year again, time to make the transition from the best of times,…

Piedmont Plateau Birding Trail to Launch Nov. 17

The official launch of the Piedmont Plateau Birding Trail will be held Thursday, November 17 at 1 p.m. at Horseshoe Bend National Military Park in Daviston, Alabama, the site of where General Andrew Jackson’s army slaughtered 800 of Chief Menawa’s 1,000 Red Sticks (Creek) Indians in March, 1814. There will be 34 mapped bird sites…

Free Entrance Offered During National Park Week, April 17-25

America’s Best Idea – the national parks – gets even better this year with several fee-free days at more than 100 national parks that usually charge entrance fees. To make it easier to experience America’s Great Outdoors, the National Park Service is waiving entrance fees, so visitors can enjoy all 392 national parks for free…