Big Ivy needs your help next Tuesday, July 25. The Forest Service will be hosting a meeting about their preliminary forest plan draft at Mars Hill University (Bentley Fellowship Hall, 265 Cascade Street) from 3 p.m to 6 p.m. Can you stop by any time between 3 to 6 p.m. to voice your support for protecting ALL of Big Ivy?
Please wear your Friends of Big Ivy t-shirts if you have them. We will have some t-shirts available at the meeting as well. We also have Don't Cut Big Ivy stickers for you to wear.
NOTE THE NEW LOCATION: THE FOREST SERVICE HAS MOVED THE MEETING TO MARS HILL UNIVERSITY.
At this meeting, you will have the opportunity to talk directly one-on-one with Forest Service leaders. Here is some important information:
The Forest Service’s preliminary draft plan leaves one-third of Big Ivy open to logging, including 1,000 acres of old-growth forest on Coxcomb Mountain and Snowball Mountain. The Forest Service has placed both the Coxcombe Mountain and Snowball Mountain sections of Big Ivy in management areas that emphasize and even prioritize logging.
The preliminary draft plan also falls short of protecting Big Ivy’s trail network and pristine watersheds from logging. The Forest Service has tentatively labeled part of Big Ivy as a Special Interest Area, but this vague, undefined designation would still permit logging and road building throughout the area.
If you cannot attend the meeting next Tuesday, can you ask any friends or neighbors to attend?
You can also email the Forest Service (NCplanrevision@fs.fed.us) and ask for stronger protections for ALL of Big Ivy.
Specifically, encourage the Forest Service to protect ALL of Big Ivy by doing the following:
- Designate Big ivy’s trail network and the old-growth forests of Coxcomb Mountain and Snowball Mountain as backcountry.
- Designate Big Ivy’s trail-less, high-elevation forests as wilderness as recommended by the Buncombe County Board of commissioners.
- Ensure that any Special Interest Areas in Big Ivy prohibit logging.
A sample letter appears in the News section of our web site. There are also additional meeting materials and information on the site.
You can also see the latest information and preliminary plan draft materials here.