Western North Carolina

Western North Carolina is home to a large portion of the Southern Appalachians and some of the wildest forests in the east.

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.

Why Western North Carolina

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.

Work We Are Doing

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.

Our Partners

With help from local partners, we’re able to do much more for the western North Carolina forests of the Greater Smokies region.
 

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    Please credit Maurice Witschard, Courtesy of The Wilderness Society for any and all use of these video files.

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    The Wilderness Society will work to prevent H.R. 1349, the “Wheels Over Wilderness” bill, from becoming law. The bill, approved today by the House Natural Resources Committee, is opposed by more than 100 outdoors groups including Back Country Horsemen of America, American Hiking Society, National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance and the Pacific Crest Trail Association.

    Statement by Michael Carroll, The Wilderness Society, Senior Director, People Outdoors Program:

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