Pisgah National Forest
In 2009, we conserved more than 750 acres within the forest, preserving rare vegetation and expanding hikers’ access to Raquette Creek’s popular trails and waterfalls. Previously, we worked with the USDA Forest Service, the State of North Carolina, the Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina, and the Boy Scouts of America to protect 4,400-acre Lake Logan from further development. Protecting Lake Logan not only added to the national forest and the adjacent Shining Rock Wilderness Area, which was acquired from Champion International and was valued in excess of $10 million, but it safeguards important wildlife habitat and water resources that serve the local communities.
Why Do Forests Matter?At The Conservation Fund, we believe that well-managed forests can be both economically viable and ecologically sustainable, but like all other necessary parts of our national infrastructure, they need to be invested in and maintained. That's why, since 1985, we've protected more than a million forest acres across America. Protecting and maintaining working forests, and the communities that depend on them, remains one of our top conservation priorities.