Alliance opposes Courthouse logging, timber sale

pisgOn Dec. 19, Pisgah National Forest posted the notice for the Courthouse Timber Sale.

This means the public has until Jan. 18, comment on this 472-acre logging project below Devil’s Courthouse in the very headwaters of the French Broad River.

The Western North Carolina Alliance is opposed to this project for many reasons.

  • 192 acres of timber harvest is planned in an area known as the “Pisgah Ridge/Pilot Mountain Significant Natural Heritage Area” identified by biologists with the North Carolina Natural Heritage Program as one of the most important areas of middle and high elevation forest in North Carolina.
  • Logging will have impacts on at least three rare species:  Vasey’s azalea, small footed bat, and brown creeper, a bird that thrives in old-growth conditions.
  • Current plans turn this important natural area into a timber farm including 576 acres of past clearcuts, 472 acres of commercial logging, and 357 acres of non-commercial tree cutting.
  • Courthouse Creek is an outstanding wild trout stream at the headwaters of the North Fork of the French Broad River. Steep slopes and the some of the greatest annual precipitation in eastern North America make erosion after logging and damage to water quality a concern.
  • Logging is proposed directly adjacent to the popular and scenic Art Loeb Trail and in the view-shed of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail.

Please take the time to write to Pisgah National Forest and communicate your thoughts about the Courthouse Project.  Submit comments to:

Dereck Ibarguen, District Ranger

1600 Pisgah Highway

Pisgah Forest, NC 28768

Or email comments to and put “Courthouse Project” in the subject line. 

Our friends at Wild South have an online comment form available here.

You can find the entire project proposal here.

Download “A Guide to the Courthouse Creek Project” here.



  1. I am against logging in the Pisgah Ridge/Pilot Mountain Significant Natural Heritage Area.

    Carol Diamond

  2. Courthouse Project:

    There are just so many reasons why logging should not be allowed in Pisgah National Forest.
    Please refer to the objections by The Western North Carolina Alliance. I concur with their objections for all the reasons they outline.

    Please do not allow this.

    Sam VanSant

  3. Let the timber sale proceed. The criticism is so exaggerated. This is becoming a regular tell tale sign of those who forget that they use paper everyday. They have furniture in their homes and they make a living and people in the renewable wood products industries should have that opportunity, too.

    As for aesthetics, the coverage is as if the logging will be right up to the parkway and Devils Courthouse. I haven’t seen the maps, but I doubt that will be the case and that again there is ample exaggeration.

    The real problem is people who don’t love the Truth. Those who bend the facts… are the ones causing problems.

    Let the timber sales procede.

    • I love paper towels, tables, and chairs, but they do not need to be harvested from our headwaters.

    • Hello Dan Tourneau, We should log the highest quality hardwoods because people use paper? No, that’s what pulpwood is for. The ‘value’ of a forest isn’t only the value of the lumber. In fact, the value of the tree is often significantly higher when it stays in the gorund and provides recreational benefit and protects valuable watersheds.

      I could begin to agree with the benefits of logging the highest quality timber if we even bothered to ensure the wood was fully processed into end product right here in our own area – thus providing real economic benefit for a whole value-chain of people. But instead these logs will be sent far away – even overseas and finally make their way back into the consumers hands after being marked up by lots of middle men. Meanwhile, as with an extractive enterprise the locals get little benefit and all the negative impact.

      Recreation drives our economy in the mountains of western NC and it provides many more dollars than timber can. Our water is off the highest quality and supplies the needs of millions of people in downstream cities. But we should rick losing all that because we want minimal short-term benefit from harvesting trees?

      The proposal is a very bad idea.

  4. I can’t think of a finer way to improve the natural beauty of our home. If you ask me we need more paper mills, more stank ass air, and way, way, way less trees. I mean come on! What are the point to those shits in the first place? They block the suns rays when my lady is trying to tan her hiney in the summer. In the fall they drop leaves every where’s and I has to rake em up. Then in the winter they knock out my power lines when I’m watchin me some football on T.V. Plus, I bet you ain’t never heard your buddy say, “hey man, did you see that sweet touch down pass last night on your tree?” Course not! You can’t see diddly squat on your tree or any other for that matter. It ain’t got no channels! Trees are only good for one thing. Making toilet paper so I can clean my derriere. Thats French, for my big hairy American winning machine ass by the way.
    We’ll hell. Now I’m all worked up. I’m grabbing my saw and heading up there right this minute to cut them all down before anyone else gets to have any fun.



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