reposted from Katuah Earth First!
FOREST SERVICE THREATENS UNIQUE FOREST WITH MASSIVE LOGGING OPERATION
The Forest Service has proposed logging 472 acres of sensitive forests in the Pisgah Ranger District near Brevard. Here is some more info from the Southern Environmental Law Center:
Located below Devil’s Courthouse in western North Carolina’s Pisgah National Forest, the Courthouse Creek area is a scenic and ecological gem flanked by steep slopes and high-elevation forests that harbor a host of rare species. These cold, clear-running streams form the headwaters of the French Broad and are a popular destination for trout fishermen and outfitters. Waterfalls, tucked in steep terrain, are abundant, especially the popular and calendar-worthy Courthouse Falls.
Unfortunately, the sensitive streams and scenic surroundings of Courthouse Creek are being targeted by the Forest Service for a 500-acre timber sale. Nearly 200 acres of logging would occur in a state-designated Natural Heritage Area, identified by biologists as one of the most important rare species habitats in the state. The heritage area supports a host of rare animal and plant species, including pink-shell azalea that attract hikers with awe-inspiring blooms in late spring. Logging would be visible from Devil’s Courthouse, a sacred Cherokee site and a popular overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway just north of Courthouse Creek. Timber operations would also be visible to hikers on the popular Art Loeb and Mountains-to-Sea trails. Logging on the area’s steep, landslide-prone slopes will inevitably generate runoff loaded with sediment, threatening 17 miles of high-quality streams, wild trout, and other sensitive aquatic species.
The official public comment period is over but you can still let the Forest Service know you oppose the plan. Contact:
Pisgah Ranger District
District Ranger, Derek Ibarguen
1600 Pisgah Highway
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768
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- Seven activists were arrested today for halting the delivery of coal to dirty Duke Energy. These activists, James Brady, Elizabeth Mount, Sarah Newman, Gabe Wisniewski, Mickey McCoy, Adam Hall, and Eric Blevins all stood directly in the way and gave Big Coal a direct command: STOP! These activists represented several organizations from within the region: Keepers of the Mountains Foundation, Greenpeace, Radical Action Mountain People’s Survival (R.A.M.P.S.), and Katuah Earth First!
These activists are each facing a count of impeding a railroad operation, and are currently held on a $10,000 bond. This bond pales in comparison to the damage wreaked by Duke Energy, pales in comparison the profits made by Duke Energy at the expense of the people of Appalachia, and pales in comparison to the price handed off to future generations.
These seven folks stepped up to the plate. What will it take for you to cross the line that Duke Energy has drawn in sand? What are you going to do?
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CHARLOTTE, NC—This morning, activists from Greenpeace, RAMPS (Radical Action for Mountain People’s Survival), Katuah Earth First!, and Keepers of the Mountains Foundation blocked a coal train en route to the Marshall Steam Station, a Duke Energy coal-fired power plant, and branded the cars with the iconic Apple logo.
Four activists, including leaders from the anti-mountaintop removal movement, locked themselves to the rail tracks preventing the train from passing. Other activists branded the train with Apple’s logo to show that Apple’s growing iCloud will be powered by more coal as its Maiden, NC, data center expands.
“Duke is using datacenter expansion in North Carolina, like Apple’s, to justify reinvesting in old coal-fired power plants and even worse, as an excuse to build new coal and nuclear plants. But if Apple demands renewable energy from Duke Energy to power its iCloud it could help transform both the IT sector’s and North Carolina’s energy economy,” said Gabe Wisnieweski, Greenpeace USA Coal Campaign Director. “Unfortunately, today Apple’s iCloud uses whatever power Duke offers, and this dirty mix currently includes electricity from burning mountaintop removal coal. The climate and communities throughout Appalachia and North Carolina are paying the price for Apple and Duke’s short-sighted decisions.” Continue reading