Thanks to our partners at the NC Conservation Network for this action alert to preserve and protect our National Forests and wild areas! Please consider taking action.
Linville Gorge/Dennis Oakley
More than one million acres of western North Carolina lies in the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests. Ensuring that that land is managed properly for people and nature is vital to its future. This is why we’re hoping you can help.
Tell the US Forest Service (USFS) to update their forest management plans for the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests: http://action.ncconservationnetwork.org/ncnationalforests
In a nutshell, the USFS has plans in place for how they manage every National Forest across the country, and these plans only get revised once every 15-20 years. In North Carolina, the Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests plans are currently in the process of being revised by the USFS.
In order to improve these plans, we’re asking the USFS to make these changes:
- Make ecological restoration the overarching goal of the new plan
- Restore forest types that are the most departed from their historical condition
- Prevent fragmentation of important core forests
- Return fire to the landscape, including wilderness areas, through the use of controlled burning
- Protect old growth forests from commercial logging
- Manage the forest to protect 36 ecologically important areas identified by the NC Natural Heritage Program
This is a once-in-a-blue-moon opportunity to influence the management of huge chunks of conservation land in western North Carolina. Urge the USFS to make the recommendations above and protect these beautiful forests: http://action.ncconservationnetwork.org/ncnationalforests
NC Conservation Network
For More Information:
1. Western North Carolina Alliance: Have your say about the future of the Nantahala-Pisgah National Forests!