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Kim Waites

kim waites

ALABAMA

Historian by education, self-made naturalist, conservationist & public lands enthusiast.

I am a Leave No Trace Master Educator, Wilderness First Responder, and Leopold Land Ethic Educator. My calling in life is to preserve natural history and defend the idea of Wilderness. 

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My calling in life is to preserve natural history and defend the idea of Wilderness.

Fast Five Q & A:

What’s your primary activity on public lands?
Hiking and backpacking.

What do you do when you’re not hiking & backpacking?
Chasing chickens, growing food, tending to tiny house needs.

Why is the Bankhead National Forest special to you?
There is so much opportunity to find new places that are off the beaten path and have not made it to mainstream media yet. Solitude is my favorite part of getting outside, and one can certainly find it on the Bankhead National Forest if you know how!

How did you first learn about this forest?
I first learned about the Bankhead NF in 2008 when I went on a guided hike with Wild South. It was love at first hike!

Any other favorite spots you recommend?
Anywhere a blank spot on a map can take you.

some of kim’s adventures:

Explore the sipsey wilderness!

also in alabama..

Wild South

Wild South

Learn about the advocacy and activities of Wild South on Alabama’s National Forests!

Stanley ‘PHD’ Batchelor

Stanley ‘PHD’ Batchelor

Meet Alabama Adventurer Stanley ‘PHD’ Batchelor, a lifelong outdoorsman, with an amazing ability to maintain incredible levels of energy and enthusiasm for his virtually endless ‘want-to-do’ list!

Weogufka State Forest

Weogufka State Forest

Weogufka State Forest in central Alabama is home to Flagg Mountain, the southernmost peak over 1000’ in the Blue Ridge Outliers of the Appalachian Mountains. It’s home to the southern terminus of the state’s longest trail, The Pinhoti, and a cabin complex and beautiful stone fire lookout tower built by the Civilian Conservation Corps.

Wild South

Wild South

Learn about the advocacy and activities of Wild South on Alabama’s National Forests!

Stanley ‘PHD’ Batchelor

Stanley ‘PHD’ Batchelor

Meet Alabama Adventurer Stanley ‘PHD’ Batchelor, a lifelong outdoorsman, with an amazing ability to maintain incredible levels of energy and enthusiasm for his virtually endless ‘want-to-do’ list!