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 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.
Local leaders joined Forest Service officials and many others on Aug. 22, 2014 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Job Corps program.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By middle school, Le’Andra Smith already knew what she wanted to be when she grew up.
With Christmas rapidly approaching, Asheville citizens were greeted by the Capitol Christmas tree on Nov. 21.
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.
“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 to a national forest allows homeowners to enjoy the forest’s scenic beauty, closeness to nature and recreation opportunities.