RIGHT NOW is our best chance to protect Big Ivy forever.


 Friends of Big Ivy – along with 16 other hiking, mountain biking, climbing, fishing, hunting, outdoor, and environmental organizations – supports wilderness for most of Big Ivy.  

Designating most of Big Ivy as wilderness will protect Big Ivy not just until the next forest plan revision in 10 to 15 years, but forever.

Wilderness is the best way – and only way – to protect the forest long-term. All other Forest Service management area assignments can be changed easily, and they all still allow logging.  

What does wilderness do for Big Ivy? It prohibits logging and ensures the long-term health of our old-growth forests, recreation, clean water, and scenic views.

Wilderness allows hiking, camping, hunting, fishing, horseback riding, swimming, running, climbing, and most other non-mechanized recreation.

The proposed wilderness area will extend from Stony Fork to Highway 197. Trail network lands and Forest Road 74 will be excluded from wilderness and instead be managed as a backcountry area, which allows mountain biking and other recreational and traditional uses of the forest. In the backcountry area, all mountain biking, hiking, and equestrian trails will remain open, and gathering firewood and wildcrafting for ramps, morels, and herbs will still be allowed.

We have two weeks to rally support for wilderness in Big Ivy. Please submit comments to the Forest Service by December 15 at Tell the Forest Service: I support wilderness recommendation for most of Big Ivy, with a backcountry management area recommendation for its trail network.  Additional talking points, sample letters, frequently asked questions, and further discussion can be found on this site. 

This is our best chance – and probably our only chance – to protect Big Ivy forever.

Pisgah Area SORBA, International Mountain Biking Association, Carolina Climbers Coalition, Nantahala Hiking Club, American Alpine Club, Outdoor Alliance, and Mountain True are just a few of the organizations supporting wilderness for Big Ivy.

If you attended the Big Ivy meeting earlier this year, you helped stop a plan to open most of Big Ivy to logging. Now you have the chance to protect Big Ivy forever. We won’t get another opportunity like this.