These two national forests are home to thousands of wildflowers and native plants as well as hundreds of animals, including black bears and deer. But these magnificent forests are threatened by logging and development.
The Nantahala and Pisgah forests are some of the last remaining forests in the eastern United States.
A Treasure for All
The Nantahala and Pisgah forests are some of the last remaining forests in the eastern United States. They are popular vacation destinations, with hundreds of miles of hiking and mountain biking trails. The cool, clean waters of the rivers and streams in the forests are also popular with paddlers and anglers.
Unfortunately, these mighty forests are at risk. Unnecessary logging and sprawling development threaten the forests of western North Carolina. In addition, the trees are being attacked by invasive species. Many of the hemlock trees are infected by wooly aldelgids, tiny insects from Asia that kill the trees.