MountainTrue engages communities in safeguarding the treasures of our public lands, including wildlife, old growth forests and rare ecosystems. We believe the management of these lands should maintain and restore their ecological integrity and promote recreational opportunities.
Support More Wilderness & Recreation
MountainTrue has signed onto a win-win proposal that would result in more wilderness and more recreation. Find out how you can support the Memorandum of Understanding for the Nantahala-Pisgah National Forests.
MountainTrue hosts four guided seasonal hikes in our WNC mountains to see some of the best views and natural habitats in the area.
- Spring Wildflower Hike
- Summer Monarch Butterfly Hike
- Fall Foliage Hike
- Winter Wonderland Hike
Contact Susan Bean at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in our hikes.
Our Forest Work
Public Lands Protection, Policy and Planning
MountainTrue advocates for the protection of our national and state forests in addition to our national, state, county and city parks as a part of WNC public lands. We work collaboratively with stakeholders from the conservation, recreation and commercial sectors to ensure sustainable management of our public lands.
Protecting Our Forests
Invasive Species Removal
Native species in our region are being pushed out by non-native invasive species throughout WNC public and private lands. MountainTrue through partnerships with local conservation organizations and governmental departments has carried out numerous non-native invasive species control projects to help restore native species to the region.
MountainTrue’s volunteer base of Forest Keepers works to keep WNC forests and public lands protected and healthy. The Forest Keepers’ work begins at the intersection of environmental science and environmental stewardship. This group collaborates with other non-profits in North Carolina to promote active stewardship in protecting, managing and maintaining the forest of Southern Appalachia.
Become a Forest Keeper
Want to protect WNC forests? The Forest Keepers are an active part of MountainTrue’s forest stewardship and help to keep our public lands safe and strong. Join us!
MountainTrue announced the winners of the MountainTrue Awards, which were at the organization’s Fall Gathering held at New Belgium Brewing Company in Asheville on October 26. Award honorees are recognized for their hard work and dedication to protecting our forests, mountains, rivers and streams, and to promoting clean energy and sustainability.read more
Wednesday, October 26, join us at New Belgium Brewery in Asheville for our annual Fall Gathering. Expect great beer, delicious food and some sweet, sweet jams from Asheville’s very own The Midnight Plowboys. With our proud mountain heritage, beautiful mountain vistas, lush forests and rushing streams, Western North Carolina is an amazing and special place to call home. The support of our members has helped us fight for our communities and protect one of the richest environments in the world. Come and help us recognize the hard work of our members and volunteers, and to celebrate our accomplishments over the past year.read more
In my position as Ecologist & Public Lands Director, I’m accustomed to high school, college, and even business groups contacting us to volunteer for any service projects we might have in restoring the areas of the natural environment. But in July, one J.J. Holt called and offered help from his group of folks scattered across North Carolina who call themselves the Bearded Villains. “We all have beards,” JJ said. “And our mission is to offer our services to any organization needing help with physical labor on outdoor projects.”read more
The conservation importance of the Southern Blue Ridge Ecoregion compared to other lands of the United States would be difficult to overstate. As the largest single unit of conservation land in the Southern Blue Ridge, the Nantahala-Pisgah National Forest has special significance for maintaining clean water, providing access to recreation and providing habitat for a unique assemblage of plants and animals. The Nantahala-Pisgah National Forest is currently halfway through the process of revising its Land and Resource Management Plan, which will allocate the million acres of the forest to various emphases of multiple-use land management. One of the most controversial and difficult questions facing the Nantahala-Pisgah at this crossroads is how to increase logging to benefit local economies and disturbance dependent wildlife species while protecting one of the temperate world’s greatest concentrations of disturbance sensitive, endemic species.read more