The U.S. Forest Service released its draft plan for North Carolina’s Pisgah and Nantahala national forests. The public comment period runs through May 14, and multiple public meetings are scheduled.
Appalachian Voices asked conservationists, recreational users, a Cherokee tribal member and more what they most want to see from the new Nantahala and Pisgah National Forest Plan.
A summary of where each national forest in Central and Southern Appalachia is in the forest planning process.
The National Forest Service publishes the draft foundations of the Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests long-term management plans.
The U.S. Forest Service is working on a management plan for the Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests, both in western North Carolina. The agency has solicited feedback, and public input would be most useful by Dec. 15.
After the U.S. Forest Service encountered heated public outcry in response to the release of a draft management plan for the Pisgah-Nantahala National Forests this past October, the agency revised its goal of creating a final plan from 2016 to early 2017.
The U.S. Forest Service drew criticism from many western North Carolina conservationists in November when it announced a draft plan that will guide the future of the Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests for the next 15 years.
By Molly Moore A swarthy tree trunk stands in a small clearing, a gap in the forest canopy created by its once-thick crown of leaves. Shrubs and saplings clamor for sunlight around the tree’s base, and carpenter ants colonize the…