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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Under Analysis

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.


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


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

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

Otherside Forest Health Project

Stands are mixed pine/hardwood forest with pockets of almost pure white pine; coordination with AT Community will occur;

Otherside Rx Burn

low intensity burn; develop open woodland conditions; 92 acres

Paint Creek Project

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

Sullivan Co Communication Tower

remove existing tower/guides and install free standing tower; some road widening and new gravel road;

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

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.

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.

On Hold

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


Backbone Rock Hemlock Salvage

Salvage Hemlock infested with Hemlock Wooly Adelgid.

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.

Fishdam RR Trail

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

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.

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.