The Conservation Fund joined NASCAR driver Ryan Newman, NASCAR legend Bobby Allison, the U.S. Forest Service and representatives of Alabama’s congressional delegation to announce the completion of a Racing for Wildlife project that preserves of more than 1,100 acres in the Talladega National Forest and the Hollins Wildlife Management Area.
Racing for Wildlife unites the sports community with passionate land and water conservationists across the country. The Conservation Fund and the Ryan Newman Foundation launched the program in 2007 to begin building an American land legacy for generations of sports enthusiasts who share Newman’s love of the outdoors.
“For me, this is about giving back and finding a way to protect the land and ensure that years from now there will be some kid who can go out fishing with his grandfather just like I did 25 years ago,” said Newman, driver of the No. 39 U.S. Army/Haas Automation Chevrolet and member of the Stewart-Haas Racing team. “Any time that I get to spend outdoors, whether I’m fishing, camping or working outside is time that I really enjoy, and I hope that through the work our Foundation and our partners are doing, we can ensure that other outdoorsman and NASCAR fans get that same enjoyment for years to come.”
This Racing for Wildlife project, located just a short drive from Talladega Superspeedway within the Talladega National Forest, protects the eight-mile crest of Rebecca Mountain, a major ridge in the Appalachian Mountains, and allows the U.S. Forest Service to complete a portion of the Pinhoti Trail, which connects Rebecca Mountain to the popular Appalachian National Scenic Trail in Georgia. The property will be open to visitors for hiking, camping and recreation.