Stop U.S. Forest Service proposal to burn the Linville Gorge Wilderness - Response to Scoping Letter file code 1950
  • Petitioned People opposing the U.S. Forest Service prescribed burn plan for the Linville Gorge Wilderness Area
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People opposing the U.S. Forest Service prescribed burn plan for the Linville Gorge Wilderness Area
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US Forest Service, 160 Zillicoa St. Suite A, Asheville, NC 28801
Heather Luczak
U.S. Forest Service
Additional USFS Designated Recipient

Stop U.S. Forest Service proposal to burn the Linville Gorge Wilderness - Response to Scoping Letter file code 1950

    1. Sue Crotts
    2. Petition by

      Sue Crotts

      Greensboro, NC

 

The U.S. Forest Service is planning to drop ping pong ball sized incendiary devices from helicopters to burn the Linville Gorge Wilderness in North Carolina.

The U.S. Forest Service tells the public they have suppressed fire in the Linville Gorge for 50 years and must "restore" fire with "controlled" burns despite the fact that more than 4,000 acres of the 12,000 acre Gorge was been burned by natural fire and an escaped campfire fire in the last 12 years. The upper third of the Gorge is a temperate rain forest with 67" of rainfall annually and no propensity for wildfire.  How much more of the Gorge must be burned to "restore" this magnificent old growth forest with its great diversity of flora and fauna?  

While the U.S. Forest Service tells the public that their "controlled" burns will prevent  catastrophic fire, they don't tell the public about the risks of their plan. The USFS attempted a 1,500 acre "controlled" burn in CroatanNational Forest this past June and instead created their own catastrophic 21,000 acre out of control fire. 

The 1964 Wilderness Act establishes: 

 

“A wilderness, in contrast with those areas where man and his own works dominate the landscape, is hereby recognized as an area where the earth and community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain.” 

 

The Linville Gorge is a perfect example of Wilderness, let's act now to keep it that way.  In addition to ignoring the 1964 Wilderness Act and the dangers of out of control burns, the burns will negatively impact global warming, human health, and the economy of the local community.

www.SaveLGW.org

 

 

To:
People opposing the U.S. Forest Service prescribed burn plan for the Linville Gorge Wilderness Area, SaveLGW.org
Heather Luczak, US Forest Service, 160 Zillicoa St. Suite A, Asheville, NC 28801
Additional USFS Designated Recipient, U.S. Forest Service
I oppose the US Forest Service proposal to perform prescribed burns in the Linville Gorge Wilderness Area. Please add my comments to the Scoping Letter file code 1950.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    1. New Challenge for the Linville Gorge Wilderness

      Sue Crotts
      Petition Organizer

      Linville Gorge Wilderness Friends,

      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 placement 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 signing the petition asking for the NC Wildlife Resources Commission to withdraw this proposal that will damage the wilderness experience: http://chn.ge/1qw4SMa

      Your support is appreciated.

      "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 People opposing the U.S. Forest Service prescribed burn plan for the Linville Gorge Wilderness Area responds:

      People opposing the U.S. Forest Service prescribed burn plan for the Linville Gorge Wilderness Area

      The Gorge is a magical place. The fire that burned Shortoff a few years ago changed the landscape dramatically. The USFS does not have the ability to confidently "control" a burn in this rugged, wilderness area. Wilderness should be le...


    4. Decision-maker People opposing the U.S. Forest Service prescribed burn plan for the Linville Gorge Wilderness Area responds:

      People opposing the U.S. Forest Service prescribed burn plan for the Linville Gorge Wilderness Area

      Are there other ways around this? Does it have to be the ENTIRE Linville Gorge?


    5. Decision-maker People opposing the U.S. Forest Service prescribed burn plan for the Linville Gorge Wilderness Area responds:

      People opposing the U.S. Forest Service prescribed burn plan for the Linville Gorge Wilderness Area

      I appose any burning in the Linville Gorge Wilderness Area.


    6. Decision-maker People opposing the U.S. Forest Service prescribed burn plan for the Linville Gorge Wilderness Area responds:

      People opposing the U.S. Forest Service prescribed burn plan for the Linville Gorge Wilderness Area

      Don't burn the Linville Gorge!


    7. Reached 250 signatures
    8. Front Page News - USFS Planned Burn

      Sue Crotts
      Petition Organizer
      Locals react to proposed burn in Linville Gorge

      The area slated to be burned includes 11,786 acres in the Linville Gorge Wilderness and 4,800 adjacent acres of National Forest. The scoping letter provided the public the opportunity to submit comments and provide feedback until Jan. 15, 2013, when the Forest Service would review the general response to the proposal.

    9. Front page news - USFS Planned Burn

      Sue Crotts
      Petition Organizer

      News & Herald: LINVILLE GORGE CROSS FIRE
      The NEWS Herald Report http://morgantonnewsherald.nc.newsmemory.com/

    10. Fresh off the Press - Watauga Democrat article on Burning the Gorge

      Sue Crotts
      Petition Organizer
      USFS Seeks Input On Gorge Burn Plan - The Watauga Democrat

      A proposal to burn 16,586 acres of the Linville Gorge has the support of several environmental groups, but a number of citizens have organized to oppose the plan. Under the plan, announced in a May 18 scoping letter, the U.S.

    11. Reached 100 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Richard Currier TRES PIEDRAS, NM
      • 8 months ago

      Have been going to Linville Gorge for years. Don't believe this is necessary at this time and see dangers for in excess of benefits.

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    • Buddy Johnson LEXINGTON, VA
      • 10 months ago

      Leave it up to the natural burns and keep the forest service out

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    • Sheryl Campbell CHATTANOOGA, TN
      • 10 months ago

      There are many studies that shows that fire in the gorge will deplete already depleted nutrients of the soil and run off will end up in the streams will cause toxicity that will kill living and near extinct species living there. Setting fire to the gorge is also again the Wilderness act, will put toxins from pesticides/herbicides into the air. You cannot walk down a trail and not see the after effects and devastation from the previous burns. I have been to this gorge in different seasons and the wind is always a gust. There are many more things I can say such as it cost tax payers a pretty penny from the burns because they are likely to get out of hand. This last burn (possible arsonist) the fire jumped the containment line. The conditions in the gorge will cause this to happen many times over. Other studies shows that the pines do not just pop up and if they do then they are usually weakened sprouts that will not mature into healthy trees. Also, most do not come up on their own. Seeds have to be manually spread. That should tell you that this is not a natural occurrence and will cost much more than what meets the eye.http://www.fs.fed.us/rm/pubs/rmrs_p053/rmrs_p053_222_230.pdf

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    • Graham Reid PAWLEYS ISLAND, SC
      • 10 months ago

      Burning over the ashes of my son

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    • Iain Pritchard CARY, NC
      • 10 months ago

      My Father-In-Law's ashes lie in this gorge. It would be a travesty to mix his ashes with that of a needless "controlled" wildfire.

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