U.S. Forest Service officials remind residents that several roads will close on Jan. 5, 2015 as scheduled on the Tusquitee Ranger District, Nantahala National Forest. These roads are located in Cherokee and Clay counties.
U.S. Forest Service officials remind residents that several roads will close on Jan. 5, 2015 as scheduled on the Cheoah Ranger District, Nantahala National Forest. These roads are located in Graham county.
FRANKLIN, N.C., Dec. 18, 2014 – The Nantahala Ranger District, Nantahala National Forest, will seasonally close the following roads from Jan. 2 - April 1, 2015. During this period these roads are susceptible to freezing and thawing, and they become very soft and easily damaged by traffic. The roads to be closed are Boardtree (#388), Upper Nantahala (#67), Deep Gap (#71), Shingletree Branch (#713), Shope Fork (#751), Ball Creek (#83), and Connelly Creek (#86 through Alarka-Laurel), Wayah Bald (#69), Winding Stairs (#422), Little Yellow Mountain (#367), Big Creek (#4567), Cold Spring Gap (#4663), Moses Creek (#4651), Old Bald Rd (#4652), Sugar Creek (#4665), Gage Creek (#4648), Wolf Mountain(#4663C), Charley Knob (# 4654), and Beech Flats (#4668). In addition, the Wayehutta Off Road Vehicle area will be closed Dec. 15, 2014 - April 1, 2015.
U.S. Forest Service officials remind residents that several roads will close on Jan. 5, 2015 as scheduled on the Appalachian Ranger District, Pisgah National Forest. These roads are located in Buncombe, Haywood, Madison and Yancey counties.
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.