North Carolina’s Mountain Treasures
Help Protect the Vulnerable Wildlands of the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests

Category:  Background


Nantahala-Pisgah Forest Plan Revision

The Forest Service is revising its management plan for the Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests. The revised plan governs the way the million-acre-plus forest will be managed for the next 15 to 20 years, incorporating guidelines for “multiple uses” like outdoor recreation, timber harvest, wilderness, and wildlife habitat conservation.
The final version of this plan will […]

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The Southern Appalachian Ecosystem

Pink Lady Slipper. photo by Lamar Marshall
The Appalachian Mountain chain is a natural marvel running from Quebec south 1,500 miles to Alabama.  It is impressive along its length, but it is in the Southern Appalachians that the chain is at its most scenically spectacular and biologically rich.
These ancient, rugged mountains range in elevation up to […]

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The Wilderness Act of 1964

Buffalo Trail gap
Ordinarily, the worst way to figure out what Congress intended in legislation is to read the law itself. But the Wilderness Act of 1964 is a sparkling exception. As it has rarely been before or since, the Congress was not only clear but eloquent in this landmark law:
“In order to assure that an […]

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This report rests on the work of countless people for over more than a decade. Those most immediately responsible for bringing it to publication are:

Brent Martin, Southern Appalachian Director with The Wilderness Society
Hugh Irwin, Conservation Planner with the Southern Appalachian Forest Coalition
Danielle Bouchonnet, intern, The Wilderness Society
Lamar Marshall, Cultural Heritage Director, Wild South
Josh Kelly, Botanist, […]

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About this Project

The Little Tennessee River is fed by cold spring waters from the Nantahala Mountains. Photo by Ralph Preston
The first edition of North Carolina’s Mountain Treasures emerged in 1992 at a critical time in the preparation of forest plans by which the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests would be managed. Its purpose was very specific: to […]

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