The North Carolina National Forests are organized into four administrative units. Nantahala is in the southwest, Pisgah in the north, Uwharrie in the Piedmont, and Croatan in the Coastal Plain. Headquarters are in Asheville. Over a million acres of national forests provide a reserve of timber and additional assets of wildlife, watershed protection, and valuable recreation within the state. Strode discusses the demands the state's increasing population will make over the next twenty-five years on the forests' ability to provide recreation, hunting, fishing, wood, and water.