Features

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. 

Young Forests Can Benefit Wildlife

It’s easy to think of forests as peaceful, unchanging places. In reality, this isn’t the case, because forests are much more dynamic than they may seem. In fact, the forests are shaped by change, and many forest ecosystems depend upon it.

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.

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...

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.

Leaving Forest Plants for the Next Generation

In late August and through the month of September, the Forest Service will sell permits for harvesting ginseng in the national forests in western North Carolina. Ginseng is one of a number of forest products that visitors can harvest in national forests with a permit.

New Croatan National Forest Recreation Guide Available Online

The U.S. Forest Service has unveiled the new recreation guide to the Croatan National Forest.

Kids Fishing Day Draws Dozens to the Croatan

More than 100 children enjoyed one of America’s favorite past times during the Croatan National Forests’ 2012 Kids Fishing held June 9 at Cedar Swamp Pond.

New York Native Talks Forest Safety in North Carolina

As a media specialist, Amarra’s primary duties focused on reaching out to under-represented and minority communities around Asheville. After studying Forest Service materials, she delivered presentations about wildfire prevention, bear safety and other safety issues. She also provided information on prescribed burning and the management of the 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.

Veterans to Help Restore Historic Site in Uwharrie National Forest

Approximately 8 veterans will receive hands-on learning this month while helping to restore a historic site at the Uwharrie National Forest.

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.