NEW BERN, N.C., July 5, 2014 -- The U.S. Forest Service has reopened all recreational areas in the Croatan National Forest. Campgrounds and other areas in the national forest were closed Thursday in preparation for Hurricane Arthur.
NEW BERN, N.C., July 4, 2014 - The U.S. Forest Service has reopened Cedar Point and Flanners Beach campgrounds in the Croatan National Forest. All other facilities in the national forest remain closed as safety and conditions are assessed. Campgrounds and other areas in the national forest were closed yesterday in preparation for Hurricane Arthur.
The U.S. Forest Service will close all campgrounds in the Croatan National Forest at 9 a.m. on Thursday, July 3 in preparation for Tropical Storm Arthur, which is expected to create hazardous weather conditions on July 3-4.
PISGAH FOREST, N.C., June 18, 2014 -- The U.S. Forest Service has reopened most of the trails and roads in the Trace Ridge and Wash Creek areas of Henderson County in the Pisgah Ranger District, Pisgah National Forest. The following areas are reopened to non-motorized use:
NEW BERN, N.C., June 17, 2014 – The U.S. Forest Service plans to conduct a prescribed burn today on about 300 acres of the Croatan National Forest.
The prescribed burn will take place off of Gales Creek Rd. and Nine Mile Rd., approximately 15 miles south of the Ranger District Office and approximately 10 miles west of Morehead City.
The prescribed burn will reduce the amount of fuel on the forest floor, preventing catastrophic wildfire and reducing risks to nearby communities. The burn will also improve habitat for fire-adapted species, such as the red-cockaded woodpecker, and restore the longleaf pine ecosystem.
Public safety is the highest priority during a prescribed burn.
Visitors to the Croatan National Forest should be aware of smoke and fire engines in the area. The Forest Service will employ a helicopter to help conduct and manage the burn.
ASHEVILLE, N.C., June 17, 2014 – As the official start of summer rapidly approaches, the U.S. Forest Service is urging visitors to the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests to practice waterfall safety. With temperatures rising and visitors flocking to mountain waterways to beat the heat, it’s tempting to cool off near a waterfall. However, waterfalls can be extremely dangerous. The best way to enjoy a waterfall is from a safe distance.
Practice these safety tips around waterfalls:
Never climb on waterfalls.
Don’t jump off of waterfalls.
Don’t swim in waterfall pools or wade in streams above waterfalls.