Many of the forests in western North Carolina are free from roads that fragment habitat for plants and wildlife. They also are home to more than 2,000 kinds of plant and 700 kinds of animals.
The Nantahala-Pisgah National Forest occupy much of western North Carolina — covering over one million acres. These are the only two national forests in the state, and are within a days’ drive of more than one-third of the nation’s population.
The forests of Western North Carolina are a national treasure — attracting millions of visitors each year and helping to provide clean drinking water to local communities. Yet, they face many threats.
Only 68,000 acres in the Nantahala-Pisgah National Forest are permanently protected. We're working to protect other portions of these vulnerable forests from logging and other pressures through our North Carolina Mountain Treasures Campaign.
With help from local partners, we’re able to do much more for the western North Carolina forests of the Greater Smokies region.
Wilderness is a precious resource with many human, natural and economic benefits that we need to protect.
- Friday, October 21, 2016
Secretary Jewell announced a first-of-a-kind directive requiring Department of the Interior agencies to expand opportunities for integrating traditional knowledge and expertise in planning and co-management of public lands with important historical, cultural or sacred meaning for native nations.
Statement from Jamie Williams, president of The Wilderness Society
- Thursday, October 20, 2016
According to the agency, this is the first time the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Farmington Field Office and the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ (BIA) Navajo Regional Office will jointly conduct an analysis of management in the area that covers both public and tribal lands.
The following are statements in response to the announcement:
- Wednesday, October 5, 2016
The “We Can’t Wait” report shows how outdated leasing guidelines, which cost taxpayers $62 million each year and create mounting environmental threats and cleanup costs, require immediate action. The report explores how modernizing the leasing program would safeguard the value of our public lands for generations to come.