National Forest http://wunc.org en Three Decades Of North Carolina Wilderness http://wunc.org/post/three-decades-north-carolina-wilderness <p></p><p><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal;">Thirty years ago today, President Ronald Reagan signed the North Carolina Wilderness Act which protected nearly 100,000 acres of wilderness in the state. </span><a href="http://comm.unc.edu/faculty-and-staff/faculty/j-robert-cox/" style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal;">Robert Cox</a><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal;">, former president of the Sierra club, was instrumental in the law’s passage.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal;">He toured the state showing the following slideshow on the importance of wilderness. It was digitized by the North Carolina Sierra Club as part of the project,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ourwildnc.org/">Our Wild North Carolina</a>.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/AXFmKfBAVmk" width="560"></iframe></span></p><p><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal;">Of course, the North Carolina Wilderness Act was controversial at the time, just as many environmental issues are today. Human industry has historically locked horns with the rest of nature.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal;">Today, Cox is a professor of communication studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he studies the rhetoric of environmentalism and social change.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 15:54:25 +0000 Meghan Modafferi & Frank Stasio 37561 at http://wunc.org Three Decades Of North Carolina Wilderness Forestry Law Created in NC Turns 100 http://wunc.org/post/forestry-law-created-nc-turns-100 <p></p><p>A forestry law pushed by civic and business leaders in Asheville one hundred years ago is being celebrated today. The Weeks Act allowed the federal government to purchase private land for the establishment of National Forests. sg</p><p>James Lewis is a historian at The Forest History Society. He says what started in Asheville has grown to almost 20 million acres nationwide.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 28 Feb 2011 17:07:00 +0000 Eric Hodge 10118 at http://wunc.org Forestry Law Created in NC Turns 100