Friends of Big Ivy is a nonprofit dedicated to protecting Pisgah National Forest. Big Ivy is one of the largest old-growth forests in the East, and it is part of the 1.1-million-acre Pisgah National Forest.

We supports strong, lasting protections for Pisgah and its old-growth forests, headwaters, pristine streams, trail corridors, rare species, and recreational hubs. 

The U.S. Forest Service is finalizing a 30-year forest management plan for the Pisgah-Nantahala this year, and over 92 percent of the 22,000 public comments on the plan support protected areas in Pisgah

Friends of Big Ivy works to ensure that the public's voice is heard and the most important recreation and conservation areas are permanently protected. 

Our trail crews organize work days, trail maintenance, naturalist hikes, creek cleanups, and other events. We also work together with other user groups to ensure the long-term health of the forest.