HAYESVILLE, N.C., Aug. 7, 2014 – The U.S. Forest Service reopened the swimming beach and adjacent bathroom at Jackrabbit Recreation Area this afternoon. The area had been closed because of a broken sewage pump, which has been fixed.
MARS HILL, N.C., Aug. 1, 2014 – The U.S. Forest Service today announced that it has repaired and reopened Stony Fork Road (Forest Service Road 63). The agency received federal funds to repair the road and replace four culverts.
Located in the Appalachian Ranger District, Pisgah National Forest, Stony Fork Road was damaged by a foot of rain in January 2013, making it unsafe for vehicle travel. The road had been closed since that time. Approximately 4.1 miles of Stony Fork Road had been closed to vehicular traffic beginning at the intersection with State Route 2178 (Craggy Garden Road) and running to the Blue Ridge Parkway.
ROBBINSVILLE, N.C., Nov. 19, 2014 – The U.S. Forest Service plans to conduct several prescribed burns in the Cheoah Ranger District, Nantahala National Forest this fall. Weather will dictate the dates of the burns in Graham County. The Cheoah Point area burn unit is Cheoah Point Recreation Area (15 acres). The Horse Branch area burn unit is Rose PU 7 (28 acres). The Nolton Ridge area burn unit is Ledbetter 3&4 (250 acres). The Forest Service will conduct the Ledbetter 3&4 understory burn to reduce hazardous fuels. The Rose PU 7 burn is a site preparation burn to reduce hazardous fuels. The Cheoah Point Recreation Area burn will be a maintenance burn to clean up 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, Tim Solesbee at 828-479-6431.
NEBO, N.C., Nov. 13, 2014 – The U.S. Forest Service Grandfather Ranger District has reopened the Table Rock Picnic Area and parking lot. The area was recently closed for repairs.
The agency expects another 24-hour closure in the coming weeks to facilitate the final layer of pavement. Timing of that closure will depend on weather and pavement production. The Forest Service will announce the brief closure through an alert.
TROY, N.C., Nov. 7, 2014 – The U.S. Forest Service plans to conduct prescribed burns in the Uwharrie National Forest beginning in early December and continuing into summer 2015. The agency will conduct the prescribed burns on approximately 5,000 acres. The prescribed burns will help remove hazardous fuels, improve wildlife habitat, restore important fire-dependent species, and promote forest and ecosystem health. Prescribed burns can help prevent larger, high-severity wildfires, which could threaten private homes and property. The agency will conduct the burns when weather conditions meet desired objectives, provide adequate control of the burn and minimize smoke impacts. The safety of firefighters and the public is the number one priority. The public is asked to heed signs posted at trailheads and roads and to stay away from burn areas and closed roads and trails.
The U.S. Forest Service plans to conduct a series of prescribed burns in the Nantahala Ranger District, Nantahala National Forest, this fall. Weather will dictate the dates of the prescribed burns. All four sites are located in southern Jackson County.
JACKSON COUNTY, N.C., Oct. 28, 2014 – The U.S. Forest Service will replace water lines at Whitewater Falls Recreation Area beginning Nov. 17 and ending on Nov. 26., depending on the weather. The recreation area will remain open during construction; however, access and egress will be limited to one lane. The restroom facilities will be closed for repairs.