Land Use

Collective Actions

Speak out to save our Southern Appalachian forests. For the first time in three decades, the public has a chance to influence Forest Service recommendations for forest management of the Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests. In order to protect our precious wilderness lands, the Forest Service needs to hear from you.  The new forest plan will guide the management of our forests for the next thirty years… and the people who guide the forest plan are the people who speak out. Be one of those people! Learn more and speak out on this Sierra Club WENOCA forest management page. You can also read more about the forest plan from Carolina Public Press. The public comment period will end May 14, 2020.

Get inspired. Does it seem like just one person can’t make much of a difference? Read how Gorges became a State Park instead of an electric dam, thanks to the tireless conservation work of Bill Thomas. Read about Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy’s project to restore high elevation balds.

Community and Workplace

Protect and grow Asheville’s urban forest with Asheville GreenWorks. Set up or help conserve a land trust in your area through a group like Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy or Conserving Carolina. Explore local hikes and follow up with actions to protect our environment, through the Sierra Club WENOCA group. Inspire your kids to love forests with Muddy Sneakers. Work with Dogwood Alliance and Mountain True to protect our forests and rivers. In South Carolina, Upstate Forever works on land conservation as well as other issues.

Individual Actions

Plant native trees. The Arbor Day Foundation has information about planting the right tree in the right place. Get rid of your lawn! Convert it to grow vegetables, create a certified wildlife habitat through National Wildlife Federation, or plant a bee meadow with help from Asheville GreenWorks’ Bee City project. Find out more about pollinators and their habitats from the Xerces Society. Need to manage your forest land? EcoForesters and other forestry specialists can work with you to create a forest plan.

A native wildlife habitat sequesters carbon while also providing habitat for bees and other pollinators.

Let’s work together.

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