Dear Macon County Commissioners,
The Franklin Appalachian Trail Community Committee asks that you reconsider your recent resolution opposing the designation of additional Wilderness Areas within the Nantahala National Forest in Macon County. The Appalachian National Scenic Trail (A.T.) runs for about 47 miles through Macon County. Approximately 13 miles of the AT are in the Southern Nantahala Wilderness Area running from Deep Gap to Mooney Gap. We suggest that few things in life are certain and that there are indeed additional areas along or near the A.T. in Macon County that should be considered as “potential” Wilderness Areas (PWA). Federally designated Wilderness Areas offer the highest level of protection we, as people, can provide for our public land. We implore you to allow the USFS’s National Forest planning process and ultimately, the democratic process through the Wilderness Act, to determine whether additional USFS lands in Macon County are federally designated as Wilderness.