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Tracking Wildlife Responses to Fire Restoration in Southern Appalachia

It was my first prescribed burn. After weeks of training, and months of anticipation, I was finally on the ground – drip torch in hand – ready to apply fire to restore the mixed pine-hardwood forests at the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains, on the Grandfather Ranger District of Pisgah National Forest.

Fall Foliage in Western North Carolina - 2014

Fall is a great time to visit the Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests in western North Carolina to view leaves adorned in brilliant reds, oranges and yellows.

Tree Planting Marks Job Corps 50th Anniversary

Local leaders joined Forest Service officials and many others on Aug. 22, 2014 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Job Corps program.

Hilliard Retires as Forest Service Supervisor in North Carolina

After spending more than three decades working for the USDA Forest Service, Marisue Hilliard retired at the end of 2011 as forest supervisor of the National Forests in North Carolina...

Oconaluftee JCCCC Receives Highest USDA Service Award

The Oconaluftee Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center recently received one of only twelve 2012 MLK Drum Major for Service Awards from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). This award is the highest national service award offered by the USDA and represents a tremendous commitment to improving the lives of others through community engagement.

Forest Service Improves “Brookie” Habitat in Western North Carolina

The Forest Service has worked with partners to improve brook trout habitat by reducing habitat fragmentation at road crossings and by treating acidic streams using limestone sand. 

Final Trail Strategy Meetings Scheduled for Nantahala-Pisgah National Forests

The U.S. Forest Service National Forests in North Carolina announced the dates and locations of the last two meetings held as part of the Non-motorized Trail Strategy initiative for the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests.

North Carolina Fire Crew to Help Fight Fires in Northern California

Twenty U.S. Forest Service employees from North Carolina are leaving to help fight fires in northern California. The employees are members of a Type 2 Initial Attack Crew.

Growing Chestnut Trees and Hope in Western North Carolina

Working with others, the U.S. Forest Service may be one step closer to restoring the American chestnut tree to the mountains of western North Carolina.

Free Admission to four sites on Get Outdoors Day

As part of National Get Outdoors Day, June 8, the U.S. Forest Service is waiving fees at four popular locations in western North Carolina. National Get Outdoors Day is an annual event to encourage healthy, active outdoor fun.

1890s Scholar Manages Wildlife in Western NC

By middle school, Le’Andra Smith already knew what she wanted to be when she grew up.

The People’s Tree visits Asheville

With Christmas rapidly approaching, Asheville citizens were greeted by the Capitol Christmas tree on Nov. 21.

Updated Recreation Map Available Online

The U.S. Forest Service National Forests in North Carolina has updated the recreation map of the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests. The map is available online.

Prescribed Burns Promote Longleaf Restoration along the Coastal Plain

“We use prescribed burns as a tool to promote the growth of longleaf pine on the Croatan National Forest and to benefit native species that rely on this forest type,” said Ranger Pancho Smith. “Prescribed fires also reduce fuel buildup on the forest floor, thereby decreasing risk of catastrophic fires. This creates a safer environment for communities surrounding the forest.”

Living Next Door to the National Forests in North Carolina

Living next to a national forest allows homeowners to enjoy the forest’s scenic beauty, closeness to nature and recreation opportunities.