Defending our Heritage, Protecting our Future
The mountain communities of western North Carolina face environmental
threats that can only be met through concerted efforts of their citizens.
The WNC Alliance has established itself as a leader in addressing the
critical issues affecting the future of our region.
The WNC Alliance works to protect our national forests and parks from
abusive commercial logging and development by searching out the last
old-growth forests, opposing the proliferation of high-capacity chip mills
that encourage clearcutting and pine plantations, and promoting ecological
forestry on private lands.
Members and Chapters promote ecologically sound business practices and
development patterns, more livable communities, alternative transportation,
recycling, and conservation of family farms, forest lands, and watersheds.
Mountain Streams and Air
Water quality projects encourage citizen participation in water-quality
monitoring and river stewardship. Studies of local air quality problems have
resulted in the formation of the Mountain Clean Air Task Force.