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

Category:  Why Protect


Why Protect Wild Areas?

“We need wilderness preserved–as much of it as is still left, and as many kinds–because it was the challenge against which our character as a people was formed. The reminder and the reassurance that it is still there is good for our spiritual health even if we never once in ten years set foot in […]

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Wilderness: Islands in a Sea of Development

Old-growth white oak photo by Lamar Marshall
Only a few centuries ago, Indian settlements were tiny islands scattered within the continent-wide wilderness of
America. Carolina parakeets, Passenger pigeons, Ivory-billed woodpeckers and buffalo were just a few of the species that made the Appalachian Mountains rich and teeming with life.
Early explorers described the land as a paradise. Today, […]

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Roadless Areas and Wilderness

A first definition of wilderness is roadlessness. But the connection between roadless areas and formally protected wilderness goes a good deal deeper than that. In the Wilderness Act of 1964, the Congress directed the Secretaries of the Interior and of Agriculture to review the lands under their jurisdiction for wilderness suitability and to recommend to […]

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