For some people, a “healthy forest” means one that produces lots of timber. Others in the forestry business believe that other factors contribute to forest health. There is an ongoing debate in the forestry research community about young forests and old forests.
A forest is a complex system and the answer to the question of forest health depends on how you define the word “healthy.” One thing that’s not in dispute is that wherever there is forest disturbance there will be danger of invasives, which are expensive for the state to manage.
Regardless of the debate on forest health, Pisgah Defenders’ position is that Pisgah State Park is not a working forest. It’s a recreational park. We should be discussing how to best use and manage it for low-impact public recreation, as it was intended, rather than get distracted by debates over forest management.