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Help protect the last wildlands of the southeastern U.S.! March 09, 2006 3:07 PM

Dear NRDC BioGems Defender,
The National Park Service is considering building a new road through 30 miles
of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, one of the crown jewels of America's
national park system.

We need your immediate help to stop the proposed North Shore Road, which would
slice through the heart of NRDC's Cumberland Plateau BioGem and destroy one of
the largest pristine wildlands in the eastern United States.

Please go to
right away and urge the National Park Service to reject the North Shore Road

At a cost of at least $600 million in taxpayer dollars, the North Shore Road
would lay waste to portions of the celebrated Appalachian Trail, as well as
vital habitat for black bears, migratory songbirds and other wildlife.

Road construction would pollute local waterways with acidic runoff and heavy
metals, contaminating nearby streams with toxic chemicals and killing aquatic
life in one of the world's most species-rich watersheds. In fact, much of this
area has already been recommended for formal wilderness designation -- and is
already managed as wilderness -- by the Park Service.

The Park Service is currently accepting comments on whether to build this ill-
conceived road or, instead, offer Swain County, North Carolina, a monetary

Please go to
and urge the Park Service to reject the North Shore Road and approve the
monetary settlement -- which would benefit local residents, protect the park's
thriving wildlife and save taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars.

Thank you for helping to save the last remaining native forests of the
southeastern United States.


Frances Beinecke
Natural Resources Defense Council
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