William B. Bankhead National Forest
Pine-clad forests, deep canyons and gorges, and more than 150 miles of hiking trails greet visitors to the William B. Bankhead National Forest. The rugged beauty of this forest covers 180,581 acres in northwest Alabama.
Majestic stands of giant, ancient yellow pine, eastern hemlock, and cucumber magnolia provide habitat for abundant wildlife and exceptional scenery for hikers, campers, and sightseers. The forest is home to the 25,002-acre Sipsey Wilderness, sometimes called the "Land of a Thousand Waterfalls." The Sipsey Fork, Alabama's only National Wild and Scenic River, is a favorite canoeing stream.
What We Are Doing
During the past decade, the Bankhead National Forest has seen southern pine beetle infestations at epidemic levels. An estimated 22,000 acres of pine forest were killed by this epidemic, creating a desperate need to replant.
Our project is planting 117,200 longleaf pine trees to help restore native longleaf woodland areas and the understory vegetation that is crucial to the forest's wildlife and ecosystem. The trees will also improve stability of the soil, protecting public water supplies for thousands of area residents.