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Bankhead On Fire | by Tony Barber --The Jolly Swagman
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Bankhead On Fire

There was a time when, as a matter of course, large areas of hardwoods of Bankhead Forest were routinely "harvested", burned, and replanted with pines. These pine plantations were designated as "Mixed Hardwoods" since there were some hardwoods still standing as one can plainly see here.


It was during this time (1991) that the Forest Service allowed a clearcut in the heart of Indian Tomb Hollow, (part of Bankhead National Forest). The clearcut exposed an archaeological site under a bluff, and looters descended on the area.


Out of this, rose the publication, "Bankhead Monitor" started by Lamar Marshall and members of the Echota Indian Tribe. Lamar Marshall and the "Bankhead Monitor" were instrumental in forcing a change in way the resources in Bankhead Forest were administered.


The Monitor became Wild Alabama in 1996. In 2004, the wilderness protection non-profit became Wild South, and in 2007 merged with Southern Appalachian Biodiversity Project to gain a more regional perspective.


Today, the organization, with matching grants from the National Forest Foundation and private gifts and donations, assists the USFS in resource inventory, preserving forest habitat and leading hikes in the Bankhead.


This photo taken in 1992 -- Bankhead Forest's resources are under better management these days.

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Taken on September 26, 2010