Conservation Issues

Our Forests in Danger -   Personal Comments needed by January 5, 2015  (See  Forest Service addresses below)

Revising the Land Management Plan    Nantahala-Pisgah National Forests   Under the current proposed plan, 70% of the forest will be open to logging (“suitable for timber.”)  Stress that you support preservation, conservation, & restoration.

Start by explaining your love and use of the forest.  Be specific.

Consider the following points:  (Take a few and personalize them)                        

• Make ecological restoration, which means restoring the forest to its historical condition, the main goal of the new forest plan

• Place the Wilderness Society Mountain Treasures and the NC Heritage Program management areas in “unsuitable for timber production and road building”

• Place old growth forests and old-growth forest designations from the last Forest Plan in management areas “unsuitable for timber production and road building”

• Prevent fragmentation of important core forests

• With budget cuts, US Forest Service will not be able to adequately supervise work done by subcontracting logging of the forests (ie,. clear cutting may be the unintended result)  

• Stress the importance of water protection: with logging, mountain streams will be damaged

• Note that well over 2/3 of forestry jobs are for tourism, both for out of state visitors & in-state visitors, not for logging or hunting

The following areas are in the “suitable for timber” management areas.  Chose areas/ trails that you love and ask that they be protected:

Art Loeb trail (south of BRP), Cat Gap, Farlow Gap in the Fish Hatchery area, Black Mountain, and the Black Mountain areas of Lost Cove Ridge ( Black Mt Campgrond to Green Knob) and Colbert Ridge (Carolina Hemlocks campground, Celo) Couthouse creek & falls, Overmountain Victory Trail (west of Linville Gorge),  Big Ivy (Coleman Boundary), Unaka Mountain, John Rock,  Devil’s Courthouse Creek, Bluff Mt near Max Patch 

The following areas should be recommended for Wilderness:

Black Mountains

Craggy Mountains (Big Ivy), for the current WSA boundary

Joyce Kilmer – Slickrock Extensions

Linville Gorge Extensions

Mackey Mountain

Middle Prong Extension, for the IRA acres

Overflow Creek (Blue Valley) [Did not make the PWA inventory but we’re keeping it on]

Shining Rock Extensions for the IRA acres

Snowbird WSA

Southern Nantahala Extensions

Tusquitee Bald

Unicoi Mountains

 Information on forest plan revision is available online at  www.fs.usda.gov/nfsnc home page with links on right of Nantahala-Pisgah National Plan Revision

Email comments/ submit to: NCPlanRevision@fs.fed.us

Postal mail comments to:  US Forest Service, 160 Zillicoa St, Suite A, Asheville, NC 28801

The USFS has set up http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/nfsnc/home/?cid=stelprd3822407 for an interactive map to make comments on proposals for wilderness areas

 

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Excellent background paper on understanding energy, how it is defined, how it is used, where it comes from, and how we use it. Professor Sulock has used this for her course at UNCA Reuter Center and has generously shared it with us. To read the paper click here: Dot Sulock Energy for Planet Earth