- Logging is planned in the A.T. National Scenic Trail Corridor and protections for the trail are weakened.
- Logging is planned for the National Historic Trail of Tears corridor and on a sacred Cherokee village site.
- Parts of the Mountains to Sea Trail—North Carolina’s state trail—are placed in highest priority logging designations.
- The Bartram Trail corridor is already scheduled for logging and protections for the trail are weakened.
- The Benton MacKaye Trail corridor is open to logging and protections for the trail are weakened.
- Logging is allowed in the corridor of the Mountains to Sea Trail, North Carolina’s state trail.
- The Snowball Trail, one of the most popular hiking trails along the Blue Ridge Parkway, is placed in the highest priority logging designation.
- Logging is now permitted in the viewsheds of the Pisgah-Nantahala’s most popular recreational trail corridors.
- The plan weakens protections for all trails—including national scenic and historic trails.
- The plan threatens access for climbers and defers climbing guidance to a future plan.
- Chattooga River paddling limits were not reviewed or adjusted.
- Recreation provides nine times more jobs and revenue than timber harvests, according to the plan’s own analysis.
- The Pisgah-Nantahala—the most popular national forest in the country—prioritizes timber over recreation, especially in the forest’s most visited recreation hotspots.
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.