Help safeguard the future of the Nantahala-Pisgah National Forest



The Nantahala-Pisgah National Forest needs your voice in the plan revision process to speak up for roadless area protections, old-growth forest protection, wildlife habitat, recreation opportunities, scenery, water quality and economic benefits of the Nantahala-Pisgah.

There are more than 1.1 million acres of land in the Nantahala-Pisgah and it is the second most visited National Forest. It also contains the highest mountains in eastern North America, and is a global hotspot for temperate biodiversity.

In 1992, 7,000 acres were clearcut in Nantahala-Pisgah National Forest; in 2012 there was no clearcutting, and about 1,000 acres of sustainable logging.

Action by the Western North Carolina Alliance led to revision of the 1987 Nantahala-Pisgah Land and Resource Management Plan in 1994, leading to the forest we know and love today.

Nantahala-Pisgah National Forest is revising its management plan again, beginning in 2013, with a final decision by 2016. WNCA is working to continue and improve on the gains made in the 1994 Forest Plan Amendment.

Nantahala-Pisgah National Forest is critical to the future of our region and our nation and your efforts can help protect these lands for the next two decades.

Please write letters to the editor, the Forest Service and to your elected officials stating your support for ecological management of the forest. Get your friends and neighbors involved, too, and come to public meetings as they occur.

CANCELED DUE TO GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN: The next public session will be from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Oct. 5 at the N.C. Arboretum in Asheville.

Comments or questions about the Plan revision or process can be emailed to:

Hard copies of comments can be mailed to:
National Forests in North Carolina
Nantahala-Pisgah Plan Revision
160 Zillicoa St. Suite A, Asheville, NC 28801


  1. I grew up next door to Mount Pisgah and the National Forest. My family on both my mother and father’s sides have been here since civil war times. We were poor, and our only form of recreation was hiking, swimming, fishing, and hunting in the forests that surrounded our home. I’ve seen first hand what logging and deforestation can do – clear-cutting on a nearby mountain (for money) almost completely dried up our creek and spring which was our only water source. You can STILL see the ugly bald mountain top from the top of Mount Pisgah, and we had to drill a well to get drinking water (which is orange with iron). As an adult, I still roam the mountain trails with my family, fish, and paddle kayaks (we help with Team River Runner) on the Nantahala River. The Nantahala Forest has its own microclimate – clean water, much more rain, and little if no sediment run-off – and is a huge reason why so many people come to this area for recreation.
    The condition of the local streams and rivers which originate from these forests have improved tremendously because of the good management of the forest service, and education of the local people.
    The forest service has done a wonderful job preserving these forests – We do NOT want to repeat the terrible decisions of the late 1800’s through even the 1970’s where much of the forests in the western counties of North Carolina were cleared and burned. I can understand SOME managed cutting of low grade trees in order to re-establish more old growth forests, but the forest service knows better than anyone that opening the forest up to logging will just destroy it – again. Logging companies cannot make enough money on low grade trees, and will decimate local streams by building roads to get the logs out.
    Please, please don’t allow this to happen.

  2. do not let this plan move forward! We are NEVER told all of the facts in these proposals, and the untold harm that would be perpetrated on Pisgha and surrounding environment is incalculable, both for us and future generations….to say nothing of the wild life that would be harmed beyond measure.


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