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

Meadow Creek Environmental Assessment

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

Under Analysis

Administration and recreation site maintenance on the Ocoee/Hiwassee Ranger District.

Work includes, but is not limited to:mowing, cleaning, repair, maint, & replacement of existing structures and improvements;operation & maint. of utility systems;selective hazard tree & brush removal;and use of pesticides; all in boundaries of sites.

Administration and recreation site maintenance on the Tellico Ranger District

Work includes, but is not limited to:mowing, cleaning, repair, maint, & replacement of existing structures and improvements;operation & maint. of utility systems;selective hazard tree & brush removal;and use of pesticides; all in boundaries of sites.

Cocke County Emergency Access Special Use Project

Cocke County Emergency Services are requesting to improve two locations along the Pigeon River in the Bluffton/Hartford area.

ConaCat

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

Cut Laurel Gap Land Acquisition

Acquire 1,051 acres located in Johnson County northeast of Mountain City, Tennessee.

Dinkey

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

Grindstone Knob RX Burn

Understory maintenance burning to improve habitat conditions for wildlife and reduce hazardous fuels.

Holston Mountain RX Burn

Understory maintenance burning to improve habitat conditions for wildlife and reduce hazardous fuels.

Katy Branch Thinning Project

This project is designed to improve the vegetation of the proposed area by thinning the stands with variable density to a range of basal areas from 35 to 60 sq ft per acre.The proposed area is <70 acres and is located in Compartment 385.

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.

Rice Creek/Tipton Land Acquisition

The Forest Service proposes to acquire 77.5 acres

Road Maintenance Ocoee/Hiwassee Ranger District

Various activities not limited to: replace culverts draining existing ditches, construct broad-based dips, scarify roadbed to remove large rocks, asphalt resurfacing of existing paved sections, place and grade aggregate, and replace gates.

Road Maintenance Tellico Ranger District

Various activities not limited to: replace culverts draining existing ditches, construct broad-based dips, scarify roadbed to remove large rocks, asphalt resurfacing of existing paved sections, place and grade aggregate, and replace gates.

Rocky Top Trail

Construction of a 1 mile foot travel only trail that parallels Rocky Top Road in Cocke County, TN.

Rye Patch RX

Understory maintenance burning to improve habitat conditions for wildlife and reduce hazardous fuels.

Sina Branch Culvert Replacement

Increase flood resiliency and aquatic organism passage by redesigning and replacing 8 culverts on Sina Branch Rd. Project consists of: remove culvert, install new bottomless culvert, max 200 ft./per culvert of in-channel work.

Stone 4 Forest Health Project

Non-commercially thin approximately 368 acres to focus on moving the stand toward a more open woodland condition and promote shortleaf pine.

Vegetation Management in Open Areas

manage permanent grassy & herbaceous openings using a combination of treatment methods; openings include permanent openings benefiting wildlife species & utility corridors under special use permit by utility agencies

Walnut Mountain RX

Understory maintenance burning to improve habitat conditions for wildlife and reduce hazardous fuels.

Wolf Creek RX Burn

Understory maintenance burning to improve habitat conditions for wildlife and reduce hazardous fuels.

YMCA Land Acquisition

Purchase approximately 160 acres of land that is currently an inholding on the Cherokee National Forest.

Analysis Completed

Heaberlin Forest Health Project and Heaberlin Prescribed Burn Project

This project focuses on thinning activities designed to maintain a healthy forest.Also,this project focuses on low intensity burns to move stand toward an open woodland condition and promote upland oak,shortleaf pine and a more open forest condition.

On Hold

Stone Pile

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

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.

Rogers Ridge Prescribed Burn

Fuel Reduction Prescribed Burn 958 acres

Cancelled

Flumine Forest Health Project and Flumine Prescribed Burn Project

This project focuses on thinning activities designed to maintain a healthy forest.Also,this project focuses on low intensity burns to move stand toward an open woodland condition and promote upland oak,shortleaf pine and a more open forest condition.

Grindstone Knob RX Burn

Understory maintenance burning to improve habitat conditions for wildlife and reduce hazardous fuels.

Ligna Forest Health Project and Ligna Prescribed Burn Project

This project focuses on thinning activities designed to maintain a healthy forest.Also,this project focuses on low intensity burns to move stand toward an open woodland condition and promote upland oak,shortleaf pine and a more open forest condition.

Walnut Mountain RX

Understory maintenance burning to improve habitat conditions for wildlife and reduce hazardous fuels.

Project Archive

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

Key Contacts

NEPA Program Manager
Stephanie Medlin
(423) 476-9700