North Carolina’s Mountain Treasures
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Ellicott Rock Extension

489 acres PWA

Recommendation: The Ellicott Rock Wilderness extension Potential Wilderness Area should be recommended for wilderness.

Naturalness: This 489-acre PWA is roadless and adjacent to the existing designated Ellicott Rock Wilderness Area. It is also in close proximity to the Chattooga Wild and Scenic River corridor, The addition adds to the natural integrity of the existing wilderness area.

Opportunities for Solitude: The addition would add to the opportunities for solitude of the existing wilderness area.

Opportunities for Recreation: The addition would protect the recreation corridor from Ammons Branch trailhead into the wilderness, expanding recreational opportunity and providing consistency in management for visitors.

Ecological and other values: The extension would add to the ecological integrity of the existing wilderness area. There is one State Natural Heritage Area within the extension: Hawkins Rockhouse

Manageability: The extension would add to the manageability of the existing wilderness boundaries by eliminating a sliver of incongruent management adjacent to the existing wilderness at the edge of Forest Service ownership.

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