Tag Archive for Talladega National Forest

The Year In Review for 2013

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The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – Facebook users are faced with a new link on their pages promoting them to “See Your 2013 Year in Review: Look back at your 20 biggest moments from the past year.” The problem is, as usual with new technology, programming code is choosing those big moments for…

Clay County Search and Rescue Squad Comes Through for Lost Hikers

Secret Vistas – By Glynn Wilson – TALLADEGA NATIONAL FOREST, Ala. — The night was quiet and still except for the owls hooting and the coyotes howling off in the distance when we let the fire burn down in the Turnipseed Campground and climbed into bed Sunday evening after hiking to Cheaha Falls during the…

U.S. Forest Service Should Ban Fracking in All National Forests, Now

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The Big Picture: An Editorial – By Glynn Wilson – A proposal within the U.S. Forest Service to ban fracking in all national forests should be adopted by the Obama administration and codified into American law by Congress to make it permanent. After a plan to open up the Talladega National Forest to gas drilling…

Camping With WiFi in the Talladega National Forest

Get Involved to Stop Fracking on Public Land – The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – CANE CREEK, Ala. — Sitting here by the creek listening to the water flow over the rocks and the birds sing in the trees, it’s hard to believe anyone would want to clear off the top of every…

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…

Talladega National Forest Still At Risk From Fracking?

BREAKING DOWN for the MOJO ROAD – We’re heading into the woods for a few days for more photos and video footage from the Talladega National Forest, at risk from natural gas fracking. Happy Thanksgiving. A spokesperson for the U.S. Forest Service confirmed Tuesday that the Bureau of Land Management is still planning to hold…

Alabama Oil and Gas Lease Sale Delayed Due to ‘Widespread Protest’

by Glynn Wilson After high level talks in Washington, D.C. between environmental legal advocates in consultation with the U.S. Forest Service and Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management has decided to delay pending oil and gas leases in Alabama national forests “in the face of widespread protest there,” according to the Washington…

Gas Fracking Coming to Talladega National Forest?

by Glynn Wilson TALLADEGA, Ala. — An unknown mining company has prompted the federal Bureau of Land Management to offer up 43,000 acres in the national forest near Mt. Cheaha for oil and gas extraction that could involve hydraulic fracturing or “fracking,” a controversial drilling practice that some states such as New York and Vermont…