Input sought on Waterrock Knob planning

Ideas for the future of the land surrounding Waterrock Knob and Plott Balsam are welcome during a public hearing slated for 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25, at the Folkmoot Friendship Center in Waynesville.

The National Park Service is in the process of acquiring 5,329 acres near Waterrock Knob on the Blue Ridge Parkway and is now creating a plan to manage that new acreage.

The public is invited to give their input on future stewardship of the property, as well as on the National Park Service proposal to manage the land as part of the larger landscape of state, federal and local lands in the area.

Send comments about the NPS approach to large landscape collaborative management for the Waterrock Knob lands to http://parkplanning.nps.gov/waterrockknobvisionplan, and written comments to Blue Ridge Parkway, ATTN:  Suzette Molling, 199 Hemphill Knob Road, Asheville, N.C. 28803. Comments will be accepted through Feb. 25.

Hosted by the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation in collaboration with the National Park Service and multiple local, state and federal land managers in the region. Light refreshments will be served.

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