Cradle of forestry opens in time for Earth Day


Just in time for Earth Day, the birthplace of forestry in Transylvania County reopens this week after being closed due to the pandemic.

the 6,500 acre site in the Pisgah National Forest there is a museum and a network of trails where the first national science-based forest management program established in the 19th century.

“I look forward to locals and visitors alike discovering and reconnecting with the cradle of modern forestry in America,” said Christy Ralston, Cradle Director, in a press release. “The Pisgah National Forest has such an incredible story – a story that brings together both science and recreation for incredible multi-use opportunities for everyone.”

The property is comprised of five kilometers of paved interpretive trails, a visitor center and more. As trends continue to improve during the pandemic, staff will further open the site to the public. At present, the showroom and the new Citizen Science Lab for children are still closed.

“The safety of our visitors, staff and volunteers is at the forefront of every action we take,” Britt said in a press release. “We have been looking forward to launching the Cradle since before the pandemic, but you can rest assured that your safety is our priority.”

The US Forest Service and non-profit FIND Outdoors manage the site. It is open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday.


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