Last month, the Forest Service proposed allowing logging in 70 percent of Big Ivy, including most of its old-growth forests.
We think 70 percent of Big Ivy should be permanently protected from logging.
To make that happen, we need to convince the Buncombe County Commissioners to support an expanded wilderness recommendation for Big Ivy. Wilderness is the only way to permanently protect Big Ivy from logging.
On September 20, the Buncombe County Commissioners will vote on a resolution supporting an expanded wilderness for Big Ivy. If passed, it will support the first and only wilderness in Buncombe County.
The wilderness recommendation will not affect any current uses of Big Ivy. Mountain biking, horseback riding, hunting, and fishing will all continue to be allowed. The boundaries have been carefully drawn, so that all mountain bike trails are outside of the recommended area. No roads or trails will be closed to anyone. The wilderness recommendation will simply prohibit logging and development in trail-less, high-elevation areas of Big Ivy where most of the old-growth forests are located.
We want to keep Big Ivy just the way it is – wild, scenic, adventurous, and uncut.
Please join us on September 20 at 4:30 p.m. at the County Commissioners Meeting in downtown Asheville (200 College Street, Suite 326). We need a big crowd and a lot of voices willing to speak on behalf of Big Ivy.
This is our last and best chance to permanently protect Big Ivy.