Projects

As part of carrying out the mission of the Forest Service, agency resource specialists develop proposals that will enhance or maintain resource values on public lands, as well as generate products. In addition, the public may submit proposals for various uses such as rights-of-way, land exchanges, and recreational events. A necessary part of the planning for these is the environmental analysis and documentation, pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and agency direction.

Cherokee National Forest Current and Recent Projects



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Developing Proposal

Peninsula Forest Health Project

Area 1 - 41 ac; Area 2 - 47 ac; Area 3 - 18 acres. Variable density thinning; damaged/diseased trees followed by poplar, red maple, scarlet/black oak, white pine. Longer-lived species, such as oaks and hickory, favored.

Peninsula Prescribed Burn Project

Low intensity midstory control burn in three blocks: burn block 1 = 131 acres; block 2 - 270 acres; block 3 - 140 acres. Goal to move area towards open woodland conditions.

Under Analysis

Big Ridge Prescribed Burn

Prescribe burn approximately 2,034 acres.

ConaCat

Vegetation Management through various tools for forest health and wildlife habitat improvement. Also, watershed and trail improvements with connected road management.

Dinkey

The project is designed to improve or maintain wildlife habitat, species diversity of stands, and forest health through vegetation management and other treatments.

Limits of Stay at Appalachian National Scenic Trail Shelters and Designated Campsites

The Southern Region of the Forest Service is proposing to change its limits of stay at shelters and designated dispersed campsites along the Appalachian National Scenic Trail on several forests of the Southern Region .

Moffett Laurel Road Parking (FS 4331)

Close FSR 4331 by placing a gate at milepost 2.31. Establish a parking area at milepost 2.27 for public access to FSR 4331 beyond gate.

Offset Project

The project would provide early successional forest for wildlife, restore forest and wetland comm., release mast-producing trees, improve forest health, provide wildlife habitat components (nest boxes, etc), and manage NFS system and non-system roads

Paint Creek Project

Create early successional habitat, promote mast-producing species, prescribed burning, wildlife habitat improvements, and maintain, decommission, and authorize roads.

Towee Falls Baptist Church Land Exchange

The FS is proposing to exchange an approximately 71-acre tract containing the church, cemetery and picnic pavilion for an approximately 71-acre tract containing a portion of the Unicoi Turnpike and the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail.

Wildcat Prescribed Burn

Prescribe burn approximately 767 acres.

Analysis Completed

Appalachian Trail Relocation Ash Gap to Cloudland

2nd phase of an Appalachian Trail relocation project from Hughes Gap to Cloudland. About 4,500 feet of relocation from Ash Gap to the historic Cloudland Hotel Historic Site.

Chestnut Ridge B Prescribed Burn

Prescribed burn approximately 1512 acres in compartments 242, 243, 249, 250, 251. Never been burned. This is the second half of the Chestnut Ridge Prescribed Burn as outlined in the 2008 Decision.

Davis Branch Culvert Replacement

The existing 66" round culvert at Davis Branch on Sina Branch Road is a barrier to aquatic organism passage. The project consists of removal of the existing culvert and installation of an aluminum bottomless box culvert.

Gravelstand Prescribed Burn

Prescribe burn approximately 1,605 acres.

Huckleberry Prescribed Burn

Presribed burn approximately 995 acres.

Hurricane Prescribed Burn

Prescribe burn approximately 522 acres.

Middle Citico

Vegetation management for wildlife habitat and forest health.

Miller Mine Prescribed Burns

Prescribe burn approximately 694 acres.

Pace Gap Prescribed Burn

Prescribe burn approximately 3,117 acres.

Recreation Residences Standards and Guidelines and Camp Cherokee Master Plan Approval

Develop and adopt Standard and Guides for managing recreation residences on the forest. Approve a new Master Plan for Camp Cherokee.

Smith Mountain Prescribed Burn

Prescribe burn approximately 4,134 acres.

Stoney Creek Project

Utilize commercial and non-commercial harvest to create approximately 383 acres of early successional habitat for wildlife; encourage mast-producing species; provide wildlife habitat; maintain roads, create temporary roads, and authorize roads.

Tellico EA

Vegetation management for wildlife habitat and forest health. Comments may be sent to: comments-southern-cherokee-tellico@fs.fed.us

TVA Tailwater Warning System Permit

To install a new reliable Fiber Optic line along the Rhododendron Trail for the Tailwater Warning System and to issue a Special Use Permit to TVA for the Tailwater Warning System.

Volunteer Energy Cooperative Utility Line Relocation

Amend Volunteer Energy Cooperative's existing permit to relocate approximately 1.3 miles of aerial power line. The three existing locations would be abandoned and the new lines will be buried in the ROW of Highway 64(1.6mi) or Oswald Dome Road(.3mi)

On Hold

Backbone Rock Hemlock Salvage

Salvage Hemlock infested with Hemlock Wooly Adelgid.

Fishdam RR Trail

Construct a 3-mile multi-use trail utilizing railbed from FSR 87B to Holston Mountain Trail #44.

Rogers Ridge Prescribed Burn

Fuel Reduction Prescribed Burn 958 acres

Cancelled

Big Cove

Vegetation management for forest health and wildlife habitat improvements.

Buffalo Mountain ATV Trail Extension

Convert old FS roads to the ATV trail. This would provide approximately 5 miles of additional ATV trail in the Buffalo Mt area.

Buffalo Mtn Mountain Bike Trail

Construct an approximately 7 - 10 mile mountain bike trail on Buffalo Mountain.

Natty Branch Prescribed Burn

Prescribe burn approximately 1,334 acres.

Pine Mountain Prescribed Burn Project

Low intensity burn to develop open woodland conditions.

Project Archive

Some of our older projects can be accessed in our Project Archive.