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Why Wilderness?

Tellico Wild reconnects people with the wilderness.   http://wildsidetv.com/video/tellico-wild/

In August 2015, Tennessee’s Wildside adventured into the Tennessee Citico Wilderness to film naturalists and people seeking a day of reconnecting with their wild side. Bill and Laura Hodge organized the event, sponsored by Wild South and SAWS. I was honored to have Tennessee Wildside come along to film the edible and medicinal plant hike I led to Fall Branch Falls. This is one of my favorite areas in East Tennessee’s Wilderness region. Medicinal plants abound right at the trailhead and throughout the entire hike. In August, it is a cool, moist day in the 70s, a refuge in the southern heat.

It’s winter now as I post this, but at the end of February, the earliest of spring ephemeral wildflowers will soon emerge. Once the days start getting longer after the winter solstice, I’m already dreaming of spring wildflowers. I post this now to remind us of the beauty to come, and urge people to get out and enjoy our precious wilderness areas in 2017. I’ll be leading some edible and medicinal hikes this year. Stay tuned!

And PLEASE! contact TN Congressman Chuck Fleischmann to tell him to sign the Tennessee Wilderness Act. It takes an act of congress to protect Wilderness forever, which is a forever “thank you” to those who made it happen. Wilderness is where you can lose your urban worries, and find the wild heartbeat in your soul. Don’t you think we need that right now?

To watch the 5 minute video on Tellico Wild, including some of my hike, click this link:

http://wildsidetv.com/video/tellico-wild/

I hope you make it out into the wilderness this year. You can be transformed in just one hike.

 

Edible and Medicinal Plants Walk in the Cherokee National Forest, Citico Creek Wilderness, TN

Standing at the base of Fall Branch Falls in the Citico Creek Wilderness of the Cherokee National Forest with a young naturalist. Photo by Pat Byington, 2014.

Standing at the base of Fall Branch Falls in the Citico Creek Wilderness of the Cherokee National Forest with a young naturalist. Photo by Pat Byington, 2014.

Looking for some exploration in our big backyard? TN Wild is hosting the Tellico Wild Festival in Tellico Plains, Tennessee, with lots of fun, nature-loving things to do Friday, July 31st – Sunday, August 2nd. I’ll be leading an Edible and Medicinal Plants Walk on Saturday. The Edible/Medicinal Hike is currently full with a waitlist, but there are many great hikes, boating adventures, and learning events going on throughout the weekend. This is the place to cool off in the heat of high summer, while also supporting the coolest regional land conservation group around. TN Wild advocates for the passage of the Tennessee Wilderness Act sponsored by Sen. Lamar Alexander, which increases the Wilderness designation of land already held by the National Forest Service. The Poster for TN Wild’s Tellico Wild event. And detailed list of events each day of Tellico Wild Festival. 

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