More protection for Big Hump

December 17, 2006

Hiking toward Big HumpAccording to the Asheville Citizen-Times, a 97-acre tract of land on Hump Mountain has been permanently protected by the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy.

“This land is only a stone’s throw from the Appalachian Trail on the crest of Roan Mountain,” said Carl Silverstein, Executive Director of SAHC. “Allowing it to become a real estate subdivision would have been a tragic loss. Instead, making it available for the public to enjoy forever is a much happier ending.”

I think I’ve been on this section of the AT more than any other. Seeing development encroach on the trail would indeed be a tragedy because of it’s tremendous, unspoiled beauty.

But apparently, the threat is still very real.

Jay Leutze, a SAHC trustee and Avery County resident, said the land is “one of the many tracts around the Roan and Big Hump Mountain that seemed protected due to its proximity to the Appalachian Trail, but was actually very vulnerable to development.”