Stop the Burning of Linville Gorge Wilderness
  • Petitioned North Carolina US Forest Service Forest Supervisor
  • Responded

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North Carolina US Forest Service Forest Supervisor
Save Linville Gorge Wilderness
SaveLGW
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Stop the Burning of Linville Gorge Wilderness

    1. Petition by

      Save Linville Gorge Wilderness

The US Forest Service Nantahala-Pisgah 15-Year Forest Management Plan Update is underway.  NOW IS THE TIME to let the US Forest Service know that you oppose incorporating any programs or plans that include man-initiated burning to manage the Linville Gorge Wilderness. This petition is a vehicle to notify the USFS that you want to keep the wilderness wild and that you oppose man-initiated burning of the Linville Gorge Wilderness Area, which violates the 1964 Wilderness Act and stands to forever change this rare sanctuary of nature.

In addition to destroying the wilderness quality of the Linville Gorge there are many reasons that we should act to stop "prescribed" burning of forests:

- New published research by fire ecology scientists are finding that the nature of prescribed burns with their low-intensity fires are much less common than purported, don’t support biological diversity or natural processes, and do not prevent more severe fires. For more information go to: www.SaveLGW.org.      

- Production of toxic releases of formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, acrolein, respirable particulates, benzene and large carbon releases into the atmosphere

- Damage to ecosystems and waterways

- Risks for out of control fires, killing of animals and loss of habitat

- Threats to human health and safety

- Loss of recreational use

- Destruction of the scenic value

- Damage to local economies

- Wasting of taxpayer dollars

Act now to save the Linville Gorge Wilderness by signing this petition.

To:
North Carolina US Forest Service Forest Supervisor, US Forest Service
SaveLGW, Save Linville Gorge Wilderness
Stop violating the 1964 Wilderness Act by destroying the wilderness quality of the Linville Gorge with the allowance of man-initiated burning in the Updated Pisgah-Nantahala Forest Management Plan.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Linville Gorge - facing a new challenge

      Dear Friends of the Linville Gorge Wilderness,
      Wilderness is a place where many of us go to seek only the sounds of nature, however, the Linville Gorge is now facing the possibility of having a shooting range built and operated on the adjacent Linville Tract of the Pisgah Game Lands. The siting of such a facility will result in audible gunshots on parts of the southern end of the Gorge on a 5 to 6 day basis. Please join us in asking the NC Wildlife Resources Commission to withdraw this proposal that will damage the wilderness experience: http://chn.ge/1qw4SMa

      Your support is appreciated.

      Sincerely,
      Save Linville Gorge Wilderness

      "How often we speak of the great silences of the wilderness and of the importance of preserving them and the wonder and peace to be found there. When I think of them, I see the lakes and rivers of the North, the muskegs and expanses of tundra, the barren lands beyond all roads. I see the mountain ranges of the West and the high, rolling ridges of the Appalachians. I picture the deserts of the Southwest and their brilliant panoramas of color, the impenetrable swamplands of the South. They will always be there and their beauty may not change, but should their silences be broken, they will never be the same."- Sigurd F. Olsen

      NC Wildlife Resources Commissioners: Withdraw the proposal to build a shooting range on the Linville Tract of the Pisgah Game Land in Burke County.

      We the undersigned ask the NC Wildlife Resources Commission to withdraw the proposal for a rifle shooting range on the Linville Tract of the Pisgah...

    2. Reached 1,000 signatures
    3. Decision-maker SaveLGW responds:

      SaveLGW

      Due to the 1964 Wilderness Act all of the following must be conducted prior to any allowance man-initiated burning for the purpose of fuel reduction:

      1. Analyze whether the agency's plan for prescribed fire matches the area's historic ...


    4. Decision-maker SaveLGW responds:

      SaveLGW

      Due to the 1964 Wilderness Act all of the following must be conducted prior to any allowance man-initiated burning for the purpose of fuel reduction:
      1. Analyze whether the agency's plan for prescribed fire matches the area's historic fi...


    5. Reached 200 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Robin Beckett PFAFFTOWN, NC
      • about 1 month ago

      The gorge won't recover from what has been done to it already.. There is obviously NO WAY to "control Burn" this precious place!

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    • Alex Grove RALEIGH, NC
      • about 1 month ago

      Don't burn the forest !

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    • james campbell TAYLORSVILLE, NC
      • about 1 month ago

      Save the forest

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    • Jim Brunner WINSTON SALEM, NC
      • about 1 month ago

      this is my favorite nature spot in NC - let it be.

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    • Christopher Elliott JUNO BEACH, FL
      • 3 months ago

      i believe we should preserve are nations natural beauty

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