The fate of 1 million acres of our nation’s most important forest lands is in your hands.

Under the Trump Administration, the Forest Service has made a number of troubling policy proposals. By overhauling the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), they are making it harder for the public to protect our public lands. They’ve issued an executive order to increase timber harvest on national forests by one-third. They’ve proposed opening up vast swaths of rainforest to logging in Tongass National Forest. They’re pushing for oil and gas pipelines and open-pit mining — including a large copper sulfate mine that would pollute Minnesota’s beloved Boundary Waters Canoe Area. The pattern is clear: time and again, this administration has put the interests of industry first regardless of the impact on our communities, our environment and our climate.

Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests could be next on the cutting board.

The next 20-year forest management plan for Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests will be released soon, and it could have a dramatic impact on the health of our public lands.

Will you protect our national forests? Our goal is to raise $30,000 before the end of the year. Whether it’s $10 or $1,000, your gift makes sure our team of experts has the resources to fight for a better forest management plan. Join the thousands of MountainTrue members and supporters in standing up for Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests.

Support MountainTrue’s Public Lands Team. With more than 50 years combined experience working for you, we fight to protect habitats that support vulnerable species, safeguard old-growth forests, and make sure you have wonderful outdoor spaces for biking, hiking, hunting, fishing and foraging.

MountainTrue’s Public Lands Field Biologist Josh Kelly documents the age of a 200-year-old tree as part of our objection to a timber sale.

Donate to MountainTrue today and protect places like Pisgah National Forest — because it’s the right thing to do now and for future generations. We can only do this with your support.

MountainTrue has a record of success when it comes to fighting for our forests.

In the 80s and early 90s, MountainTrue (then the Western North Carolina Alliance) collected more than 16,000 signatures opposing the practice of clearcutting — and the resulting petition was the length of three football fields. Through our collective action, we pressured the Forest Service to cut the maximum allowable harvest in half, stopped the practice of clearcutting in Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests, and put water quality protections and old-growth forest restoration in place.

Thirty years later, we need your support again to fight for a better management plan that balances the needs of all of us who love and value public lands. And if the Forest Service fails to do that, we will be here to fight back — just like we did in 1987.

Join MountainTrue and strengthen our collective voice. With your help we can:

  • be a voice for the wild and roadless parts of the forest,
  • protect existing old-growth forests,
  • educate and inform the public with professional analysis,
  • provide technical comments to the Forest Service, and
  • organize public participation in meetings and comment periods, making it difficult for the Forest Service to ignore the people who speak for the trees.

Thank you for standing with our beloved national forests. Remember, you can make a small donation that will have a big impact by signing up for monthly giving.

Members and supporters of the Western North Carolina Alliance (now MountainTrue) hold up a scroll of more than 16,000 petitions taped together outside the federal building in downtown Asheville.

Protect The Places We Share

Have fun with us, learn more about the incredible natural treasures of our region, and make a difference in your community.

Western North Carolina is blessed with more than 1.5 million acres of public land, including Nantahala-Pisgah National Forest, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Blue Ridge Parkway and several state-owned parks, forests and natural areas. These public lands support the headwaters of our rivers, beautiful mountain vistas, one of the most diverse temperate forests on the planet, and a thriving economy in tourism, crafts and recreation.
During its 30-year history, WNCA (now MountainTrue) has twice prevented logging in the Asheville Watershed, first in 1990 and again in 2004. Eventually the City of Asheville placed a conservation easement over 17,356 acres of the watershed.