Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests Plan Revision
Welcome to the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forest Plan Revision page, where you can help us plan the Forest’s future. This web page serves as a one-stop resource for information associated with the plan revision process.
What is a forest plan?
A forest plan provides a general framework to guide a forest in managing its resources, goods, and services. Forest plans are consistent with and do not override law, regulation, or established policy.
Why are we updating the forest plan?
The National Forest Management Act (NFMA) of 1976 requires that forest plans be periodically revised -- usually every 15 years. Revisions to the current are overdue, as a lot has changed on the Forest and surrounding areas since the original plan was adopted in 1987 and significantly amended in 1994. The Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests will share a combined forest plan.
Where are we in the planning process?
The Forest Service is currently developing a draft forest plan and alternatives to be analyzed in a Environmental Impact Statement. We continue to receive extensive input from the public and are considering this information as we go along.
In winter 2016, we will be sharing pieces of our draft forest plan as a work in progress, to provide a glimpse into plan development as it is unfolding.
We are scheduled to release a draft forest plan and DEIS in Fall 2016.
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:
- NOW: Early 2016 -Help us refine our forest plan content, during development. We are sharing 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.
- COMING SOON: March 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.
- Spring 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.
- Fall 2016 - Tell us what you think. Release Draft Environmental Impact Statement for formal 90-day NEPA comment period.
Forest Plan Revision Links
Forest Plan Documents
Forest Plan Timeline
Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers Evaluations