The North Carolina’s Mountain Treasures are 41 areas within our Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests that stand out with special conservation, recreation, scenic, and cultural values. The United States Forest Service is now revising the management plan for our public forests in Western North Carolina—the current evaluation of Potential Wilderness Areas (PWAs) is our opportunity to gain better protection for these valuable places!
This campaign promotes the Mountain Treasure areas within the new forest plan as The Wilderness Society, our partners, and a growing collaboration of groups are working towards a management plan for Nantahala and Pisgah that reflects today’s diverse needs, uses, and values of our National Forests.
NEW: Announcing Conservation & Recreation Memorandum of Understanding for Nantahala-Pisgah National Forests
We are part of a broad coalition of wilderness advocates, conservationist and recreation groups who have come together to protect the Nantahala-Pisgah National Forests. The coalition brings together a broad range of interest groups, from conservationists and wilderness advocates to rock climbers, horseback riders, hikers, mountain bikers, kayakers, hunters, anglers and business owners, around the idea that Western North Carolina’s national forests are our region’s greatest asset and should be protected for their inherent beauty, biodiversity and public value.
This is a win-win proposal that supports more trails and more public access, while also protecting more backcountry and more wild places. Learn more.