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Wednesday, 14 June 2017 15:14

New forest planning materials released

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A slate of open houses this summer will gather input on the latest draft documents released in the management planning process for the Pisgah and Nantahala national forests.

3-6 p.m. Tuesday, July 25, at the Cheoah Ranger District Office in Robbinsville.

3-6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8, at the Brasstown Community Center in Brasstown. 

The U.S. Forest Service has recently released planning documents focused on geographic areas — 12 distinct landscapes within the forest, each with its own goals related to opportunities for restoration and recreation, and connections to nearby communities and organizations — as well as plan components related to management areas. In addition, results of the required Wild and Scenic River Evaluation and information on possible Special Interest Areas are posted on the website. 

The forest planning process, ongoing since 2014, has so far included 30 public meetings in communities throughout Western North Carolina. Over the past year, the Forest Service has been releasing pieces of what will become a draft plan, with the goal of adjusting the plan’s building blocks to public feedback before a formal draft is presented. Nearly all materials will be public by fall 2017, and a complete draft plan will be published in spring 2018. 

The Forest Service is currently accepting input on newly released materials via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject line “Spring 2017 material Plan Building Blocks” or by mail to Attn: Plan Revision, National Forests in North Carolina, 160A Zillicoa St, Asheville, NC 28801. Comments will be most useful if received before Aug. 31.

Forest planning documents are online at www.fs.usda.gov/goto/nfsnc/ncprevision

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