Features

A Memorial to Jason Crisp and Maros

The U.S. Forest Service mourned the loss of Jason Crisp, a 38-year-old law enforcement officer on the Grandfather Ranger District, Pisgah National Forest.

2014 Recreation Fee Changes

Fees are changing at seven recreation sites in the Nantahala, Pisgah, Uwharrie, and Croatan National Forests for the 2014 season effective May 7. The changes were approved in March, after careful consideration of public comments, including the recommendations of the Southern Region’s Recreation Resource Advisory Committee.

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.

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.

Murrey Named Executive Director of Cradle of Forestry

Carlton Murrey has been named executive director of the Cradle of Forestry in America Interpretive Association. Murrey will lead all aspects of the growth and operation of the Interpretive Association in conjunction with its Board of Directors. He began his new role in January 2012.

Forest Officials Issue Alert about Flash Flood Danger

National forest officials have issued a flash flood bulletin for nearby communities and people who camp outdoors. A flash flood is a serious weather event for forest visitors because rising flood water is extremely dangerous—a sudden surge can claim victims in less than one minute.

Accessible Fishing Opportunities Abound in National Forests

National Fishing and Boating Week is June 2-10. It’s a time when fishing fanatics and amateur anglers will visit the national forests in North Carolina to try their hands at landing “the big one.”

Anglers in wheelchairs or with other physical disabilities who visit the Nantahala, Pisgah, Uwharrie, and Croatan National Forests in North Carolina have a number of accessible piers to choose from. Some of these piers provide access to premier trout fishing destinations.

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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.

Fall Foliage in Western North Carolina - 2013

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.

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.