Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers Evaluations

As a requirement of the Nantahala and Pisgah forest plan revision process, we must identify and evaluate lands that may be suitable for inclusion in the National Wilderness Preservation System, prior to analyzing the effects of recommending (or not recommending) any such lands for wilderness designation. We must also identify eligibility of rivers for inclusion in the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. 

We are now working on the evaluation processes for eligible Wild and Scenic Rivers and recommended wilderness areas. For more information about the evaluation processes, please review the presentations and additional resources below.

Wild and Scenic Rivers

Wild and Scenic Rivers Presentation (View this first)

Wilderness Inventory and Evaluation

Nantahala and Pisgah NFs Wilderness Evaluation Process (View this first)


Wilderness Inventory Maps

Interactive Map

ArcGIS online – Interactive map of inventory areas of the wilderness evaluation

Inventory Maps by Ranger District (downloadable)

•    Forest Service Handbook requirements: FSH 1909.19, Chapter 70