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 or Josh Kelly at

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

Fires Creek Tract Acquired For Permanent Conservation In Nantahala National Forest!

Fires Creek Tract Acquired For Permanent Conservation In Nantahala National Forest!

MountainTrue is thrilled to celebrate victory in a successful campaign to protect a 50-acre inholding within the Fires Creek watershed in Cherokee and Clay counties for permanent conservation as part of the Nantahala National Forest. We thank the Mainspring Conservation Trust and Fred and Alice Stanback for purchasing this stretch of forest, which will have a tremendous impact in protecting wildlife, water quality, recreation and wilderness in our public lands.

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Attend USFS Open Houses And Speak Up for Protecting the Pisgah-Nantahala

Attend USFS Open Houses And Speak Up for Protecting the Pisgah-Nantahala

As part of the Nantahala-Pisgah National Forests management plan revision process, the U.S. Forest Service will hold six open house events across the region from late June to early August to provide the public with opportunities to talk with Forest Service staff about local issues, district projects, and the forest plan revision.

If you care about Western North Carolina’s national forests, enjoy our beautiful mountain vistas and hiking trails, or playing in the many streams and swimming holes within Pisgah and Nantahala, this is your opportunity to talk directly with Forest Service staff one-on-one about how the forest will be managed for the years to come.

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