News | June 23, 2011

SELC opposes timber sale near Roan Mountain State Park

SELC is working with groups such as Cherokee Forest Voices and the Southern Appalachian Forest Coalition to protect irreplaceable forest ecosystems threatened by the Clarke Mountain project, a proposal to log 230 acres and construct more than a mile of temporary roads in the Cherokee National Forest not far from Roan Mountain State Park. We are insisting that the Forest Service safeguard verified stands of old-growth forest in the logging sites, which contain trees ranging from 130 to more than 230 years old, according to on-the-ground surveys by Wildlaw. We are also voicing opposition to logging proposed on steep, erosion-prone slopes.