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

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How We Got Where We Are Today

The unprotected wildlands of the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests.
In 1987, the U.S. Forest Service adopted a management plan for the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests. That 1987 plan opened up many of the forests’ most important wildlands to roads and to logging.
Conservation organizations objected to that and to a number of other provisions:
” the […]

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Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)

In the early Twentieth Century timber companies clearcut vast areas of the Southeastern forests including the Appalachians. The Forest Service purchased many of these degraded lands for watershed protection and forest restoration. photo courtesy of U.S. Forest Service
When most of us here in western North Carolina go for a hike on the Appalachian Trail, hunt […]

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The Lands Nobody Wanted

The first eastern National Forest tract. Photo courtesy of the Curtis collection
At the turn of the 20th century, the lands that now make up the Nantahala-Pisgah National Forest had been largely cut down by timber companies and left in a poor and degraded condition. Unlike the American West, the East had no National Forest system, […]

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Historical Images

The First Nations
The Cherokees so dominated the Appalachians from their epicenter in North Carolina into parts of Kentucky, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and South Carolina, that the early explorers named the mountain chain “The Cherokee Mountains.”
Later, European frontiersmen slipped into the Cherokee domain to hunt buffalo, bear and beaver. They were called “Long Hunters” and they […]

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