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

Category:  Threats to the Landscape


Threats to the Landscape

American chestnut, an American tragedy that might become a restoration success story. photo by Lamar Marshall
Along with the rest of the Southern Appalachians, North Carolina is changing.  The range of change is remarkable.  Some change comes quietly as the tiny hemlock woolly adelgid ravages our hemlock forests.  Some come with a roar as the churning […]

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Logging on the Nantahala and Pisgah

Logging road in Southeastern National Forest.
Thanks to the work of another generation of forest activists, logging on North Carolina’s National Forests is a very different creature than it was a decade and a half ago. Timber harvest has decreased on the Nantahala-Pisgah from the historically high levels seen throughout the 50s, 60s and 70s.
Harvest levels […]

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Population Growth and the Fragmentation of Private Lands

Photo by Christopher Rose
Those of us fortunate enough to live in one of the 18 counties containing the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests are not surprised that others want to live here too, but we may be surprised by their numbers. Between the year 2000 and 2030, the population of these counties is expected to […]

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Off-Road Vehicles

Off road vehicle damage
A Forest Service Chief’s Prophetic Words
Conservationists remember with considerable fondness the tenure of Mike Dombeck as Chief of the U.S. Forest Service. Among other things, Dombeck presided over the development of the Roadless Area Conservation Rule of 2001, a policy that aimed to maintain intact the remaining 60 or so million road-less […]

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The Hemlock Woolly Adelgid

Hemlock infested with woolly adelgids.
The adelgid is a tiny insect, no bigger than the “e” in lethal, and of Asian origin. It turned up in our Pacific Northwest in the 1920s and by the 1950s had made its way to the Eastern Seaboard, first detected here in a Virginia nursery. It gets its name from […]

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Global Climate Change

American hemlock. photo by Lamar Marshall
Those who doubt the reality of global climate change probably also fret about sailing off the edge of the world. Not all the evidence is in, surely, but the weight of scientific evidence grows daily and is sufficient now to convince most people–even many former doubters — that climate change […]

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