The US Forest Service has advised that the Grandfather Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Grant Program plan that would include extensive "prescribed" burning of the 12,000 acre Linville Gorge Wilderness has been put on hold. Many thanks to all of you that have supported efforts to stop the burning of the Linville Gorge. The next challenge for protecting this spectacular wilderness sometimes referred to as the Grand Canyon of the East is the US Forest Service 15-year Forest Management Plan Update which is in the assessment phase and could authorize "prescribed" burning in the future.
This petition: http://www.change.org/petitions/stop-the-burning-of-linville-gorge-wilderness is directed to the US Forest Service 15-year Forest Management Plan Update. Please sign and share with your friends and others that care about wilderness.
In addition to destroying the wilderness quality of the Linville Gorge there are many reasons that we should act to stop "prescribed" burning of forests:
The Linville Gorge is a perfect example of Wilderness, let's act now to keep it that way!