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The Green Life: Tracking TrekEast: Week 12

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July 27, 2011

Tracking TrekEast: Week 12

High Shoals Falls John Davis's TrekEast adventure from Florida's Everglades to Canada's Gaspe Peninsula has as its goal to raise awareness of the East's remaining wild places, and to inspire people to help protect them. We at the Green Life are logging weekly updates of Davis's progress as he completes his 4,500-mile, human-powered trek.

John Davis kicked off Week 12 of TrekEast with a bit of family trekking. Joined by his father, wife, and stepson, he explored the Sandhills of North Carolina before a rainy bike ride to Uwharrie National Forest. While spending time in the Piedmont area (the foothills between the coastal plain and the Appalachians), Davis realized the importance of this land for maintaining habitat connections between the coast and the mountains. 

He also took a moment to celebrate one of the most enjoyable parts of TrekEast: camping. "There are few satisfactions greater than arriving at a safe, secure campsite at the end of a long day of hiking or  paddling or bicycling," he said.

Davis rode on, stopping to admire High Shoals Falls (pictured, above) and to hike the Nature Conservancy's Calloway Forest Preserve, known for protecting longleaf pine. He visited South Mountains State Park, which protects around 18,000 acres and serves as a key link between foothills and mountains. But even with connections such as this, North Carolina needs more wildlife corridors to ensure the safety of roaming animals. "With enough dedicated people," he said, "we could bring back the panther, wolf, elk, and bison."

Wondering how you can help? Listen to Margo McKnight, executive director of Wildlands Network, talk about what challenges Davis faces on the trail, and what you can do to be a part of the adventure.

--Molly Oleson/ photo courtesy Wildlands Network

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