Devil's Courthouse Logging
Updated: Friday, January 11 2013, 07:38 PM EST
A plan to log 472 acres of Pisgah National Forest just below the Devil's Courthouse draws opposition from some environmentalists. Josh Kelly, a biologist with the WNC Alliance says the logging could endanger several rare bird and bat species, and lead to more erosion having a negative impact on Courthouse Creek, a top trout fishing stream.
However, Ranger Derek Ibarguen says the logging project-or timber sale, is an essential part of keeping that part of Pisgah Forest healthy by eliminating non-native species, and clearing culverts to help stream flow. He also mentioned more sunlight in the areas with cut-down trees will lead to additional growth of oak trees, which, in turn, will ultimately provide more acorns to sustain wildlife.
The public is encouraged to write or e-mail comments to Ranger Ibarguen at the Pisgah Forest Ranger Station, 1600 Pisgah Hwy, Pisgah Forest, NC 28768. The deadline to comment is January 18th.
by Karen Wynne