Pisgah-Nantahala National Forest Plan nears completion

Pisgah-Nantahala National Forest Plan nears completion

Groups in Western North Carolina continue projects while U.S. Forest Service finalizes choices for comprehensive 20-year plan.

The forest planning process launched in late 2012. New federal forest planning rules and other federal regulations guide the process and were intended to span a three- to five-year period.

However, navigating the new rules amid substantial public participation and the pandemic has prolonged the planning process. In February 2020, the U.S. Forest Service released a proposed land management plan with four alternatives, each with a slightly different set of conditions.

2 thoughts on “Pisgah-Nantahala National Forest Plan nears completion”

  1. An update — the plan has been released. This article has links to key documents, including a 26-page reader’s guide — nice touch.

    Also, the Center for Biological Diversity isn’t happy with the plan — it’s “a massive increase in timber harvests while weakening protections for old-growth forests and rare species.”


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