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Get everything you need to show your support for WNCA, along with your chances to win a unique treasure chest handmade by local wood craftsman Ray Jones. And dont miss Kathy Newfonts book, Blue Ridge Commons: Environmental Activism and Forest History in Western North Carolina.


WNCA & French Broad Riverkeeper “French Broad River Paddle Trail Map”

Your key to all the access points, campsites, and other highlights of the Paddle Trail.

$17.49 (includes shipping and tax)



Made from soft, breathable, Earth-friendly bamboo.        

$20 (includes shipping and tax)


WNCA T-Shirt

Made of 100% organic cottonAvailable in heather gray.

$20 (includes shipping and tax)

Blue Ridge Commons: Environmental Activism and Forest History in Western North Carolina
By Kathy Newfont

In the late twentieth century, residents of the Blue Ridge mountains in Western North Carolina fiercely resisted certain environmental efforts, even while launching aggressive initiatives of their own. Kathryn Newfont examines the environmental history of this region over the course of 300 years, identifying what she calls commons environmentalism—a cultural strain of conservation in American history that has gone largely unexplored.

Efforts in the 1970s to expand federal wilderness areas in the Pisgah and Nantahala national forests generated strong opposition. For many mountain residents the idea of unspoiled wilderness seemed economically unsound, historically dishonest, and elitist. Newfont shows that local people’s sense of commons environmentalism required access to the forests that they viewed as semipublic places for hunting, fishing, and working. Policies that removed large tracts from use were perceived as “enclosure” and resisted.

These battles often pitted industrialists against environmentalists. Newfont argues that the side that most effectively hitched its cause to local residents’ commons culture usually won. A few perceptive activists realized that the same cultural ground that yielded wilderness opposition could also produce ambitious protection efforts, such as Blue Ridge residents’ opposition to petroleum exploration and clearcut timber harvesting.

Incorporating deep archival work and years of interviews and conversations with Appalachian residents, Blue Ridge Commons reveals a tradition of people building robust forest protection movements on their own terms.

$25 (includes shipping and tax)

Win the Treasure Chest!

This treasure chest was made by local wood craftsman Ray Jones from a sycamore log he found and collected during the Alliance’s 2011 French Broad River Paddle Trip.  It would normally sell for $3,000, but Ray has generously donated it to the Alliance.

All proceeds from this sale will support the work of our French Broad Riverkeeper.

Only 500 tickets will be sold! (Tickets are printed paper and will be sent to you.)

TICKET PRICES ARE DISPLAYED WHEN YOU CLICK THE ENTER BOX BELOW and SELECT THE NUMBER OF TICKETS YOU WANT. One ticket is $10; two tickets are $20; three tickets are $25. We offer discounts for multiple ticket purchases of three or more!  You will NOT be charged until you choose to COMPLETE your purchase!)

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