Habitat management project proposed for Nantahala forest
A diverse set of management activities proposed for the Nantahala Ranger District of the Nantahala National Forest would include timber harvest, fish passage improvements and additional Appalachian Trail parking at Ben Creek Road.
Forestry treatments would aim to restore and maintain species diversity, increase the amount of young forest habitat, and maintain and improve existing wildlife openings. The many proposed silvicultural treatments include a shelterwood regeneration method cut on 406 acres divided between 19 mixed hardwood stands, clearcutting two white pine plantations totaling 10 acres with the intent to restore a native cover type, applying commercial thinning treatments to nine stands totaling 201 acres and stand improvement treatments on 40 stands totaling 294 treated acres. An additional 142 acres would receive crown touch release with vine control treatments and 6 acres with no commercial value would be slashed down for restoration with an appropriate cover type.