The Forest Service will conduct the Ledbetter 3&4 understory burn to reduce hazardous fuel and restore conditions in the forest. The Cheoah Point Recreation Area burn will be a maintenance burn to clean up leaf litter and debris. Prescribed burning also promotes forest health and wildlife habitat. Public safety is the highest priority during a prescribed burn. The dates for each burn will be announced as they are decided and weather permitting.
For more information contact, Fire Management Officer Tim Solesbee at the Cheoah Ranger District office at 828-479-6431.
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New Bern, N.C., November 24, 2015 – The emergency closure order prohibiting target shooting on the Croatan National Forest has been extended. The order does not limit lawful hunting activities on the forest.
“The extension will allow for us more time to complete our analysis of alternatives for a long term solution to the target shooting issues on the Croatan National Forest” said Jim Gumm, Croatan District Ranger.
The Forest Service will continue working with community, state, officials and other interested groups to find a suitable alternative in the area for target shooting.
PISGAH FOREST, N.C., November 19, 2015 – Because of weather delays, the replacement of the bridge on Courthouse Creek Road (Forest Service Road 140), located in the Pisgah Ranger District off Highway 215 in Transylvania County just north of Balsam Grove, NC is behind schedule. The road is closed to motorized vehicle traffic. However, non-motorized traffic is allowed, but visitors are required to avoid the construction area. The road which was scheduled to be open at the end of November is now on target to open early 2016.
For further information, please contact the Pisgah Ranger District at 828-877-3265
ROBBINSVILLE, N.C., Nov. 10, 2015 – The U.S. Forest Service plans to conduct multiple prescribed burns on the Cheoah Ranger District, Nantahala National Forest this fall. Weather will dictate the dates of the prescribed burns. Both sites are located in Graham County.
Outside of developed recreation areas, hunting is permitted throughout the National Forests in North Carolina. Hunters must have the proper licenses, or permits needed to hunt. Hunting is a seasonal activity and state regulations for seasons, dates and licensing apply on national forest land. For information about specific dates and times, please visit: http://www.ncwildlife.org/Hunting.aspx , or call the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission at 919-707-0010.
Pisgah Ranger District at 828-877-3265
PISGAH FOREST, N.C., August 14, 2015 — Due to construction on the Armstrong State Fish Hatchery in McDowell County the Armstrong Creek Trail #223 and Bad Fork Trail #204 have been closed until futher notice. Operating hours will go back to normal once the trails are open and free of construction.
Motorists, hikers, equestrians, and other users of the Pisgah District of the Pisgah National Forest should be aware of the potential for higher than normal bicycle activity on October 17-18, 2015. The Double Dare mountain bike race will be staged out of Cove Creek Campground. Teams of two riders will be tasked with reaching points of interest in the forest in any order. This format will ensure that there will not be a long string of racers at any one time. The event begins at 10AM on Saturday and continues until 6PM on Sunday. This event is under special use permit with the U.S. Forest Service. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns directly related to the event please contact the race director, Eric Wever, at 828.242.8250.