- The Forest Scenic Area designation for part of Craggy provides key support for the proposed Craggy National Scenic Area, and the final plan included an additional 700 acres.
- However, the plan places approximately 3,000 acres in the highest priority logging designations.
- Over 1,500 acres of old-growth in Craggy are placed in the highest-priority logging designations.
- The Snowball Trail—one of the most popular footpaths along the Blue Ridge Parkway—is placed in the highest priority logging designation.
- The headwaters of Ivy River—the drinking water source for Weaverville and communities downstream—is in the highest priority logging designation.
- The plan failed to recommend the complete Craggy National Scenic Area despite receiving more than 800 objections and 24,000 public comments supporting the Craggy National Scenic Area.
- Unanimous bipartisan resolutions from Asheville City Council and Buncombe County Commission were ignored.
- A recommendation for the complete Craggy National Scenic Area from the Nantahala Pisgah Forest Partnership was ignored.
- More than 150 local businesses and organizations endorsing the Craggy National Scenic Area were ignored.
Protected Areas: F
The plan fails to protect over 101,000 acres of most important conservation and recreation hotspots. More than 62% of the most popular forest in the country is in highest priority logging designations.