Buck Logging Project Threatens Old Growth In North Carolina
Nantahala National Forest
DEADLINE FOR COMMENTS IS AUGUST 30, 2022.
Buck Creek burbles through a rich cove forest high on the slopes of the Nantahala Mountains in southwestern North Carolina. Spared by logging around the turn of the last century, some of the trees here are over 300 years old. Further down, the creek widens and supports a healthy trout population and even the occasional, rare eastern hellbender. Still further, the water flows into the Nantahala River where thousands of whitewater rafters will ride its crests through Patton’s Run and other rapids.
But high in the mountains, the air is still. For now. The Forest Service has proposed the “Buck Project” here. One of the largest timber sales in recent memory in North Carolina, the project aims to create young forest for wildlife habitat through commercial logging, including 150 acres of forest over 100 years old.
It is time for the Biden administration to act to protect mature and old-growth forests.
Go to the link below to send a pre-written letter to which you can add your own comments: