Opposition to Proposed Cell Tower Near Appalachian Trail in NC

Published Oct 27, 2014

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy's Morgan Sommerville ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy's Morgan Sommerville ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Our friends at the Carolina Mountain Club have responded to a request from our friend Morgan Sommerville -- Regional Director of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy -- to oppose a new cell tower near the Appalachian Trail.

The firm, American Tower, plans to install a cell tower in a development called Wolf Laurel on the border of Madison and Yancey Counties.

Morgan and the ATC have contacted the zoning boards of both counties with this concern:

"Because the proposed 169' cell tower will likely cause an unmitigated significant adverse effect to the visual resource of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail in the vicinity of the proposed tower, as well as to local residents, we propose that the cell tower be reduced in height only slightly taller than surrounding tree cover (or disguised in some other way) to avoid an unnatural projection above the tree line along the ridge crest. If the tower must be lighted at that height, we request low intensity red strobe lights be used to mark the tower, though our strong preference is no lighting."

Carolina Mountain club published this response on its website:

Carolina Mountain Club supports the Appalachian Trail Conservancy's proposals with our communications so that the Appalachian National Scenic Trail view shed, along with the hiking and camping experience, can be protected from the adverse effects of the proposed cell tower.

We appreciate their joint efforts to preserve the natural beauty of the Appalachian Trail.

Click Here for Carolina Mountain Club's Cell Tower Response

Tags: Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Appalachian Trail, News, Conservation, and Carolina Mountain Club

About the Author Robert Sutherland:
Robert Sutherland is a travel writer enjoying life. Robert has two adult daughters and six grandchildren.
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gary on Oct 27, 2014
Cell tower no objection from this hiker . Way to go people , rather have no lights on it , should be great for helo pilot in an emergency.