Forest service seeks to re-engage regarding Macon County projects
The Nantahala Ranger District is resuming work on two projects in Macon County whose timelines were affected by position turnover and COVID-19, with plans to combine them into a single Environmental Assessment process.
The Turkey Pen Project analysis area was released in February 2016, and the Redbird Project Analysis area was released in September 2017. The projects aim to conduct forest management treatments to manage multiple resources, including timber, watershed, fuels and vegetation.
In the coming weeks, District Ranger Troy Waskey and his staff plan to conduct site visits with interested individuals and to facilitate access to the project area for stakeholders who prefer to visit on their own. A new, synthesized proposed action for the two projects and a formal scoping letter, record and maps is expected in July under the name “Nantahala Mountains Project.”