Public Lands

There are over 2 million acres of National Forests throughout Western North Carolina and Eastern Tennessee. From its founding, MountainTrue has stayed committed to the protection of our public lands and forests by helping to shape the Nantahala-Pisgah National Forests Plan and advocating for our national, state, county and city parks.

Forest Management Plan

MountainTrue works to help shape the National Forest Service’s Forest Plan for the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests. MountainTrue and its members advocate for conservation and sustainable public access through our participation in coalitions such as the Conservation & Recreation Coalition and the Nantahala-Pisgah Partnership.

Want to know more about the Forests Plan?

The Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests are getting a new management plan that will set the course of the forests for the next 20 years. Find out more about the plan and keep up to date on the future of WNC national forests.

Forest Task Force

The Forest Task Force is MountainTrue’s on-the-ground forest volunteer core making sure that the management of the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests is sustainable and right for the biodiverse ecosystems and various communities that share the forests. The Forest Task Force is made up of MountainTrue scientific staff, interested community members and staff from partner organizations who all have an interest in public lands management. Through this group, MountainTrue offers comments and concerns to the Forest Service when appropriate, but also assists the Forest Service with expertise and hands on work in helping to implement the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests Management Plan goals and objectives.

The Forest Task Force meets periodically to review various projects carried out as part of the U.S. Forest Service management of the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forest lands. These projects may include timbering, prescribed burning, forest restoration, forest road and trail construction/reconstruction, stream restoration and invasive species control. They also review projects involving infrastructure including state highway construction, power lines, and radio towers. For more information about the task force and to get involved, contact Bob Gale at bob@mountaintrue.org or Josh Kelly at josh@mountaintrue.org.

Annual Bioblitz

MountainTrue conducts an annual bioblitz every year in an area of our WNC public lands. A bioblitz is a biological inventory of an ecosystem in order to record all the living species within a particular area. MountainTrue staff, scientists, wildlife experts, naturalists and community volunteers gather together and explore a selected area to catalogue living species and learn more about our unique mountain ecosystems.

Our first bioblitz was conducted in 2016 on Bluff Mountain. Read more!

Public Lands News

Public Lands are Priceless, not Worthless

Public Lands are Priceless, not Worthless

Congress is well on its way to making it easier to privatize our public lands. The House approved a package of rules that sets a zero-dollar value on federally protected lands that are transferred to states. By devaluing federal lands, Congress is paving the way to hand them over to states that cannot afford to manage these lands and will likely seek to raise funds by selling off our national treasures to developers or to mining, fracking and logging industries. Act now to protect America’s public lands!

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Exploring the Green River Game Lands

Exploring the Green River Game Lands

On Sunday, November 6, MountainTrue hosted a hike through the Green River Game Lands with 26 participants accompanied by six staff members. We used the opportunity to promote our newly updated trail maps of the Green River Game Lands, which were published by MountainTrue with support from the Perry Rudnick Foundation, Community Foundation of Henderson County, and Polk County Travel and Tourism.

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2016 MoutainTrue Awards Recipients Announced

2016 MoutainTrue Awards Recipients Announced

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.

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Join us for the MountainTrue Fall Gathering at New Belgium!

Join us for the MountainTrue Fall Gathering at New Belgium!

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.

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