The 11 national forests in Central and Southern Appalachia offer us respite and recreation, and provide refuge for the natural world. Yet national forests are complex, and these public lands are often simultaneously home to significant logging projects and mineral extraction.
The U.S. Forest Service is tasked with determining the needs of recreational visitors, hunters, anglers, various industries and at-risk species and ecosystems. Impassioned forest-lovers may disagree about how well the agency is doing, especially given its complex charter and budget constraints. But because national forests belong to all of us, we have an opportunity to shape their direction.
America’s public lands are a place of refuge and recreation, but how we manage them is a topic of intense debate
Youth in Southwest Virginia and Eastern Kentucky are participating in projects that foster science and technical skills through interesting projects like building tiny homes, testing water quality and developing satellites.