Western North Carolina: Work We Are Doing

Catawbafalls, North Carolina
The mountains in western North Carolina are home to the treasured Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests. The Wilderness Society is working to protect these precious wooded areas.

These forests provide clean water, habitat for wildlife and tons of recreation opportunities. But they are threatened by unnecessary logging and sprawling development. 

Forests Forever

Our campaign to protect the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests is called “Protecting North Carolina’s Mountain Treasures.” We’re working to protect these magnificent forests for future generations.

Sustainable Logging

Because of the work of our organization and its many partners, clear-cut forests are becoming a thing of the past. The harvesting of timber in these forests has dramatically declined in the past 40 years. But there is still a lot of work to be done to ensure that forests can recover. We’re working with the Forest Service to help shape future timber harvesting practices so they have minimal impacts on wildlife.

Curbing Development

A growing population in the Southern Appalachians region is putting pressure on the wild forests.  We’re working to make sure that the development of roads and houses doesn’t harm our national forests or disrupt wildlife.

The Corridor K road project involves cutting down thousands of trees to build a highway that tunnels underneath the Appalachian Trail. Runoff from the road would affect the clean mountain streams below. The Wilderness Society and its partners are working to advocate for the health and stability of the forest.

Reconnecting People and Lands

We are also reconnecting people with the forests. Along with partners like the Carolina Mountain Club, we are getting people out onto the hiking trails. Once deep into the woods, people rediscover the importance of these forests, and become more active in protecting them.