Prescribed burn at the Oshun Mountain Sanctuary

New publicatio­n shares benefits of intentiona­l wildfires

Craig Harper with the University of Tennessee notes that negative public perception about prescribed burning generally arises from a lack of understanding about how fire benefits the landscape. “Many people will argue for increased diversity on national forests, but they don’t want disturbance,” he says. “If you don’t have disturbance, then it is impossible to have increased diversity.”

By the bark: Josh Kelly looks to the future of WNC’s forests

What’s the future of Western North Carolina’s public woodlands, particularly the Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests? Public lands biologist Josh Kelly has worked with the Asheville-based nonprofit, WNC Alliance, since 2011, helping determine the answer. And with the U.S. Forest Service updating its plans for Pisgah and Nantahala for the first time in 20 years, the […]

SECU donates land for Davidson River Trail

The State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) recently donated a tract that will aid in the development of the Davidson River Trail, a bike- and walkway linking the Brevard community to the Davidson River Campground, the Cradle of Forestry, and Pisgah National Forest. This connection will give area residents a new way to gain access to Pisgah National Forest and visit such environmental wonders as Sliding Rock and many area waterfalls – all by foot or bicycle.