Pisgah National Forest
Kids enjoy the waterfalls at Pisgah National Forest. Photo by Keith T. Brown
Rushing waterfalls and melodious birdcalls lift the deep quiet of Pisgah National Forest in the Appalachian Mountains. 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.