Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests Plan Revision
As a requirement of the Nantahala and Pisgah forest plan revision process, we are beginning the next step of two required evaluations. 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 will be sharing information about these processes and how you can best provide input into these evaluations at two upcoming public meetings. Presentations and materials that will be shared at the meetings are also available online for your review at Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers Evaluations.
Upcoming Public Meetings
*Sessions will provide the same content. Please
attend the session that is most convenient for you.
November 9, 2015
26 Church St.
Franklin, NC 28734
November 16, 2015
2015 Mountain View Room,
University of NC Asheville
1 University Heights
Asheville, NC 28801
The U.S. Forest Service is revising the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests Land and Resource Management Plan.
When revision of the Plan is completed, it will guide management of the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests for approximately 15 years. The Forest Service published the original Plan in 1987. A significant amendment to the Plan was published in 1994, and similar amendments occured in subsequent years.
What are we working on this Fall and Winter?
- Refining the content of the forest plan, based on previous input from the public: having interdisciplinary discussions on forestwide content first; next we will discuss management areas.
- Beginning to prepare the Draft Environmental Impact Statement analysis.
- Working on our required evaluations: Evaluation for lands that may be suitable for inclusion in the National Wilderness Preservation System; Evaluation of eligibility of rivers for inclusion in the National Wild and Scenic River System; Identification of Lands Suitable for Timber Production.
- Involving the public in plan development, through the opportunities identified below.
How can I provide input before the Draft Environmental Impact Statement release?
There are many ways to be involved in the development of draft plan and EIS. The following are upcoming opportunities:
- Late October - Provide input for the next stage of the required Wilderness and Wild and Scenic River evaluation processes. We will share our proposed methodology for the evaluation steps coming next, and a few samples of how that methodology could be applied. We’ll ask for input on the processes and for input to consider as we conduct the evaluations. We’ll share how we’ve used the input we’ve received thus far.
- Early 2016 -Help us refine our forest plan content, during development. We will share preliminary plan content as it is being developed, in order to provide transparent communication about how the plan is developing, and to create opportunities for iterative input.
- Early 2016 - Help us create a plan monitoring program. We will work with the public and partners to gather input on monitoring questions, approaches, and partner resources.
- Early 2016 - Provide input to alternative development. We will revisit the range of alternatives with the public to ensure we haven’t missed anything as we head in to NEPA analysis.
- Spring 2016 - Tell us what you think. Release Draft Environmental Impact Statement for formal 90-day NEPA comment period.
Forest Plan Documents