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Cantrell Creek is located in the Pisgah National Forest in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. It is classified as an "Outstanding Resource Water" by the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources Commission, and it supports native brook trout and wild rainbow and brown trout. Along the creek runs the Cantrell Creek Trail, a 2.4-mile long hiking and biking trail that crosses the creek 9 times over its course. Additionally, sections of the trail run in the stream channel, which results in habitat destruction and downstream sedimentation. Our chapter has partnered with the USFS Fishery Biologist, Recreation Specialist, and Hydrologist to develop a plan for upgrading and relocating the 2.4 miles of trail so that it no longer interferes with the stream. Our project will prevent visitors from constantly walking and biking on the streambanks and in the stream itself, preventing significant amounts of erosion, habitat loss, and sediment load in the creek and downstream. The new trail will be built to current sustainable trail standards to help ensure that the surrounding habitat will not suffer from visitors enjoying its beauty. The steps that we take in this project will protect the wild native brook trout in the area, as well as other threatened native species that need our protection today in order to thrive in the future.

Pisgah Chapter

Sara Jerome

PO Box 2439
Brevard, NC 28712