National Park Service
United States of America

There is great urgency to prioritize funding and conservation in the Blue Ridge Mountains- particularly the middle to southern sections, including the Cherokee, Nantahala, Pisgah, and Jefferson National Forests.

This region is a major priority for amphibians, mainly because of salamanders, and for fish and trees, according to lengthy research by PNAS. Much of this region has substantial biodiversity value, but is inadequately protected.

In the wake of the horrible forest fires across East Tennessee and specifically Gatlinburg, there is an even greater need for protection and conservation of ecosystems that were already unprotected and vulnerable. The Blue Ridge Mountains are home to several endemic-rich states that are less protected and prioritized.

The deteriorating habitats, in addition to those wrought by fire, will be home to the mass extinction of the United States most biodiversely rich area of amphibians, freshwater fish, and trees.

We, the undersigned, call on the National Parks Service to devote funding, research, and priority to the conservation of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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