Rewilding and Appalachia

This paper attempts to concretely imagine the possibilities and concerns around different scales of rewilding projects in central Appalachia. It begins with a general review of rewilding literature and practice, continues with a review of actual restoration efforts in central Appalachia that pertain to rewilding, steps back to conduct a review of policy, both state and federal, in order to identify what level of rewilding is even worth discussing in this area, examines and assesses the likely ethical concerns of such projects. The hope is to offer a coherent and appealing vision of rewilding in central Appalachia as a beautiful idea.