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No Pipelines in Pisgah

Just north in Virginia, pipelines are plowing through Jefferson National Forest. Swaths of forest hundreds of miles long are being clearcut for pipeline corridors. Could pipelines be routed through the Pisgah-Nantahala in the coming years? No pipeline restrictions currently exist in the forest plan “We are seeing the damage and destruction caused by pipelines in the Jefferson National…

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Over 92 percent want more protections for Pisgah

The Forest Service is completing a long-term plan that will decide how much of the Pisgah-Nantahala National Forest is cut and how much is protected over the next three decades. Over 22,000 public comments on the plan have flooded the Forest Service, and over 92 percent of the comments support more protected areas. The deluge…

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Forest Service postpones plan release, citing deluge of public comments

Over 22,000 public comments on the Pisgah-Nantahala Forest Plan have flooded the Forest Service. Over 92 percent of the comments support more protected areas. The 1.1-million-acre Pisgah-Nantahala National Forest is the second-most-popular national forest in the country, so it’s not entirely surprising that it has elicited so much public feedback. As a result, the Forest…

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Kids’ Video Selected for Boone Film Festival

The Boone Film Festival has selected Speaking for Trees, the 10-minute video written and produced by I HEART PISGAH kids about protecting the Pisgah-Nantahala National Forest. The film will be screened at the film festival next month and was selected for both the Youth Film category and the Environmental Film category. Kids from four-years-old to…

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Youth Speak for the Trees

This fall, the Forest Service is completing a 30-year plan that will decide how much of the forest is cut and how much is protected. Young people will be most affected by this 30-year plan, but their voices have not been included so far. Our children will be inheriting the forest and the decisions made…

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Places We Are Fighting For: The Craggies

You already know that Buncombe County is the most populous and developed county in Western North Carolina. But you probably didn’t know that it’s also home to one of the largest old-growth forests in the East. The Craggies—a section of Pisgah National Forest in the northeast corner of Buncombe County near Barnardsville—is one of the…

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Over 92 percent want more protections for Pisgah

The results are in. Over 22,000 comments have flooded the Forest Service as it prepares to release a 20-year management plan for the Pisgah-Nantahala National Forest. This plan will decide how much forest will be cut and how much will be protected. Over 92 percent of the comments support stronger protections for the forest. The…

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