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South Carolina Launches Return the Great Forest – July 26, 2002

Virginia Launches Return the Great Forest – May 13, 2002

Earth Day Press Release – April 19, 2002

Summit Press Release – April 12, 2002

 

News Articles

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Move to Protect National Forest Roadless Areas Praised – June 7, 2002 – Elizabethton Star

Yes, there is extremism, but ‘Return the Great Forest’ isn’t it – June 3, 2002 – Asheville Citizen Times

Plan Examines Forests’ Needs – May 23, 2002 – Virginia Enterprise

Alliance Wants New Protection For Forest Areas – May 19, 2002 – Gainesville Times

Group Sees Vision For the Mountains – May 19, 2002 – Times-Dispatch

New Forest Conservation Program Introduced – April 26, 2002 – Knoxville News-Sentinel

Kennedy Helps Forest Protection Cause – April 13, 2002 – The Charlotte Observer

A Forest Vision – April 13, 2002 – Hendersonville Times-News Front-page Story

Transcriptions

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“How do we meet the challenge of creating communities that have the same opportunity for dignity and enrichment for our children as the communities that our parents gave us? We have to start by protecting our environmental infrastructure.” 

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Natural Resources Defense Council

 

“Efforts to paint the proposal as a radical land grab are not true. Anybody who tries to say otherwise is shamelessly attempting to frighten the American people.”
Martha K. Marks, Republicans for Environmental Protection
“We must build partnerships with landowners, the forest products industry, the recreation community, water utilities, regional associations, planning groups, politicians, and the members of the conservation community to find solutions together.”
Jim Lyons, Yale School of Forestry & Natural Resources
 

“Mountains are the water towers of the world.”

Dr. Larry Hamilton, World Commission on Protected Areas

 

 

 
 

 

 
 
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The Great Forest of the Southern Appalachians is the forest out
America’s back door, an incredible tapestry of glorious land that
provides clean air and water, incomparable wildlife and accessible
outdoor recreation for more than 110 million Americans.”

Jad Daley,
Eastern Forest Partnership

 

“The SAFC conservation vision is a long-term solution that has a place for everyone. Implementing the conservation vision would turnour prayers into our children’s blessed future.”

Brian Cole, Pastor,
Church of the Advocate

 

 

“The natural and cultural heritage of our Southern Appalachian forests are unique in all the world, but it is a heritage that is at risk of being lost forever to sprawl and unsustainable logging. Leaders from throughout the region have come together to announce a vision for protecting our public lands, and conserving our beloved mountain homeplace.”
Taylor Barnhill, SAFC Outreach Director, and Brent Martin (background) SAFC Chairman
 

Hugh Irwin,
SAFC Conservation Planner
 

Return the Great Forest invites you to image the region whole again, from the national forest lands in Virginia to those in Alabama… this great forest can function as a single sustainable ecosystem, providing clean water, clean air, wildlife habitat, recreation areas and a peaceful place of solice and renewal for the human spirit.”
Amy Belanger, SAFC Campaign Director, and Hugh Irwin, SAFC Conservation Planner

 

 
 
Bears are a good indicator
for how well habitat
and landscape
connectivity is provided
for other species.
 
Jocassee Gorges, South Carolina: “Significant
tracts of important conservation lands can be added to the public lands in the Southern Appalachians.
 


Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Natural Resources Defense Council