Climate change is causing erratic weather events and altering ecosystems in the forests of Western North Carolina’s mountains. What these changes mean and the challenges they pose for managing the forests.

Illustration by Brittain Peck / Carolina Public Press

As the new Nantahala and Pisgah National Forest land management plan for Western North Carolina is put into motion, pressures from climate change on public and private lands in the mountainous region create uncertainties for its ecosystems, economy and lifestyle. Those seeking to protect the area’s natural health must navigate a challenging path through a shifting landscape.

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This series was produced by the news team of Carolina Public Press
Reporting by Jack Igelman
Photos by Colby Rabon and Jack Igelman
Illustration by Brittain Peck
Graphics by Anna Deen
Photo and Graphics Editing by Laura Lee
Project Editing by Frank Taylor

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