Great news! The Forest Service has proposed including over 364,000 acres of Pisgah-Nantahala National Forests in their wilderness inventory. If these lands are ultimately designated as wilderness, they would be protected from logging, road-building, fracking, and mining.
A large portion of Big Ivy has been included in the wilderness inventory.
Instead of voicing concerns to the Forest Service as we did earlier this year, it's now time to show our support. The Forest Service has a public meeting planned for Monday, November 16 at UNC-Asheville's Kimmel Arena from 6-8 p.m. If you can attend, please support the Forest Service's proposal. If you can't make it, please email comments by December 15 to NCPlanRevision@fs.fed.us
Specifically, 53 waterways are being considered for potential Wild and Scenic status and 364,000 acres have been nominated for the wilderness inventory.
All of Big Ivy except the areas west of Stony Fork and north of Highway 197 are included in the inventory. Friends of Big Ivy supports wilderness and special biological area designation for much of Big Ivy and backcountry area designation for its trail system. This would ensure that all current recreational and cultural uses can continue and that Big Ivy's wild forests and creeks will be protected long-term.