Created in 2015, The Pisgah Conservancy is a hard-working non-profit organization dedicated to the well-being and betterment of the Pisgah National Forest. While the number of visitors to the Forest continues to increase, funding to the National Forest Service continues to decrease. So this group sprang into action to help maintain this pristine mountain area for both current and future generations to enjoy. Their mission is to provide funding to preserve the natural resources and scenic beauty of the Pisgah Forest and to enhance the recreational experience of all visitors. Some of their efforts include removal of litter, construction and maintenance of trails and buildings, eradication of invasive species, improving the environment for wildlife and education.
They focus on the Pisgah Ranger District, one of three districts Pisgah. It is home to Looking Glass Falls, Sliding Rock, Looking Glass Rock and many other longtime favorite hikes, waterfalls and drives like the Forest Heritage Scenic Byway. You can help by becoming a member or volunteering on work days like Pisgah Pride. Click here to join and learn more!
May 5, 2018: Pisgah Pride
Show your love and pride for Pisgah National Forest by giving a helping hand! The Pisgah Conservancy and partner organizations sponsor this multi-group work day. Groups meet in various locations in the forest at 8 AM and work until 2 PM on trails, trash, limbs, invasive species, rivers, signs, etc. Afterwards, head to Oskar Blue Brewery to celebrate. You must sign up first so you can be assigned a location. Go to their Web site.
For Pisgah Pride Day 2018, 300 volunteers worked on 19 projects across the Pisgah Ranger District:
- Installed a new sign at the Ranger Station
- Cleared brush from 27 miles of trails
- Removed over 30 fallen trees from trails
- Repaired existing rockwork, built new rock steps, and installed rock armoring on ¾ mile of trails
- Hauled 35 heavy timbers (6”x6”x8’) up John Rock trail and built 5 puncheon bridges
- Cleaned up 3 miles of roadside trash
- Removed and treated 25,000 square feet of non-native invasive plant species
- Planted 230 native plants
- Re-potted 150 native seedlings for later planting in a pollinator garden
- Cleared culverts and ditches on 4 miles of Forest Service roads
- Cleaned up 4 miles of the Davidson River
Pisgah Conservancy License Plate
Sign up now for the new Pisgah Conservancy North Carolina license plate to show your love for Pisgah and help raise money to protect it. Click here learn more!