Yes, the ripping of the mountaintop in Fairview has started, once again, to make way for The Cliffs at High Carolina's gated development and Tiger Woods golf course. With 1,000 to 1,200 home lots planned on roughly 3,000 acres, High Carolina is one of the largest residential developments in Buncombe County's history.
As a neighbor to this tragedy, we hear the excavating equipment ripping away at the mountains.
We see dump trucks by the numbers on Old Fort Road in Fairview, the south entrance to this development. They are filled to the brim with remnants of this ancient range of mountains: the byproducts resold on Old Charlotte/Highway U.S. 74 in the form of rocks for landscaping and mulch from the trees removed to make room for this massive development and golf course.
We will once again see bear movement as they desperately seek new habitat. We will again worry about chemical run-offs contaminating our wells. As a community, those concerns have yet to be addressed by Jim Anthony, president of The Cliffs at High Carolina.
Our pleas in the spirit of conservation and reasoning have been to no avail. I suppose the public hearings were held to appease us, give us the delusion we were being listened to.
We are not unaffected by this development.
I had proposed, in a letter awhile back in the Mountain Xpress, a plea to Jim Anthony and Tiger Woods to hear our cries and stop this madness. Break this cycle of abuse of power and destruction and choose to preserve. Do something that really matters and then name this 3,000-acre the Tiger Woods Nature Preserve. Create a proud legacy nature [and] all its inhabitants could all live with.
But no awakening yet for Tiger Woods and certainly none for the developers that continue to destroy these mountains for the sake of the almighty dollar. When all the mountaintops are gone, I guess we'll stop "complaining."
We weep for you, Mother Nature.
— Cindy Hady