The Appalachian Trail
Over 320 miles of the A.T. pass through the Pisgah-Nantahala National Forest. The immediate trail corridor, averaging around 1,000 feet in width, is owned by the National Park Service and therefore is well protected, but the adjacent Forest Service lands beyond the visible corridor are open to commercial timber harvests. Scenic viewsheds, water sources, and ancient forests along the iconic trail need permanent protection in the forest plan. The Mountain Valley Pipeline has proved that without strong protections in the Forest Plan, the Appalachian Trail can be damaged by infrastructure and extraction projects.