Citizens Against Clearcutting the Asheville Watershed: The Impact of Community Response on Commons Environmentalism in Asheville, N.C.

UNCA Author/Contributor (non-UNCA co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Catherine Euchner (Creator)
University of North Carolina Asheville (UNCA )
Web Site:
Alvis Dunn

Abstract: In 1987 Powell Wholesale Lumber Industries Inc. and the Asheville-Buncombe Water Authority entered into a contract that traded $57,400 for over 700,000 board feet that would be harvested in thirty-two months from the Asheville Watershed. The Asheville Watershed, also known as the North Fork Watershed, consists of 22,000 square acres south of Mt. Mitchell, the North Fork Natural Area, and North Fork Reservoir. Since the Asheville Watershed is a protected area of land, many people revolted against the idea of opening the land up to logging. Foremost among these groups was the Citizens Against Clearcutting the Asheville Watershed (CACAW). The small grassroots organization was successful because locals and tourists supported the commons of the Asheville Watershed and the Blue Ridge Parkway Viewshed. This union of stakeholders with CACAW proved successful and logging was not permitted on the Asheville Watershed again.

Additional Information

Language: English
Date: 2017
Asheville watershed ; clearcutting ; environmentalism

Email this document to