Who We Are
We are individuals, organizations, and businesses who love the 1.1-million acre Pisgah-Nantahala National Forest. Together, we are working to protect its clean water, scenery, old-growth forests, rare species, ecological health, and recreational opportunities. I Heart Pisgah includes over 100 organizations and businesses—and thousands of individuals—in support of more protected areas in the Pisgah-Nantahala. We hope you will join us by standing up to protect these special places and being a voice for the forest.
Pisgah-Nantahala National Forest
The Pisgah-Nantahala National Forest is the second-most-visited national forest in the country. Nearly 7 million people visited the forest last year, and most of them came to hike, camp, and enjoy its scenic wonders. Over 90 percent of visitors to Pisgah-Nantahala National Forest are hikers, bikers, runners, paddlers, climbers, anglers, naturalists, photographers, and nature-seeking outdoor enthusiasts.
I HEART PISGAH supports strong, lasting protections for Pisgah-Nantahala National Forest, especially its old-growth forests, headwaters, pristine streams, trail corridors, rare species, and recreational hubs.
A vast and overwhelming majority of forest users want more protected areas in Pisgah.
Help us protect these trail corridors, recreation hubs, old-growth forests, watersheds, and biologically significant sections of the Pisgah-Nantahala.
The Forest Plan
You are the owner of a 1.1-million acre mountain estate called the Pisgah-Nantahala National Forest. Your property includes cascading waterfalls, ancient forests, and the highest mountains in the East. You can hike hundreds of miles of trails and paddle, fish, and swim in its pristine streams.
You share ownership equally with every other American, and you pay your staff—the U.S. Forest Service—to manage the property. Every 20 to 30 years, you write a plan that describes how your estate should be managed. You get together with the other owners to hash it out, and your staff writes it all down. This plan is the most important document of your property. It spells out the rules for your property and decides how your taxes are spent.
This year, the U.S. Forest Service is finalizing its Forest Plan for the Pisgah-Nantahala National Forest. This plan will guide the next two to three decades of forest management. It will decide which areas will be logged and which areas will be protected. The forest plan has become a blueprint for the future of Southern Appalachia, with the potential to bring together different groups—rural and urban, locals and newcomers, hunters and hikers—in a shared vision for the region.
I HEART PISGAH is encouraging the Forest Service to protect the most important recreation and conservation areas in the Pisgah-Nantahala. We support multiple uses of the forest, and we support multiple-use designations such as National Scenic Areas, National Recreation Areas, National Heritage Areas, National Scenic Trails, National Wilderness Preservation System Areas, and Research Natural Areas.
Over 92% of the 22,000 public comments to the Forest Service support more protected areas for the Pisgah-Nantahala National Forest.
We want to protect the wild forests, rivers, and trails for future generations.