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

Howell Land Acquistion

Purchase of approximately 640 acres of land. Project includes painting and posting approximately 1/2 mile of National Forest System boundary line.

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

BellSouth Hwy 64 Fiber Optic Cable

BellSouth has requested to install 880 feet of conduit for fiber optic cable installation along Hwy 64.

Buffalo Mountain Land Acquisition

The Forest Service proposes to acquire 488 acres, more or less, located in the Fourth Civil District of Washington County southwest of Johnson City, Tennessee.

ConaCat

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

Cowbell Hollow Horse Trail Relocation Project (Trail #24).

This project proposes constructing approx. 330 ft. of new trail to relocate the trail away from an existing spring.

Decommissioning of Illegal OHV Routes Project

Block access to user created trails in the Flatwoods, Halls Top East and West, Ripshin, Rich Mountain, and Buffalo Mountain areas.

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.

Gulf Tract Roads Repair Project

Reconstructing the road in one location on FSR 22501 and doing heavy maintenance on 19 other locations along FSR%u2019s 2250, 2251& 22501 in the Gulf area of the Cherokee NF

Holston Mountain RX Burn

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

Rye Patch RX

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

Starr Mountain Road Seasonal Closure

Seasonally close NFSR 297 annually from 12/1 to 3/1 to prevent resource damage and prohibit illegal activities.

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

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.

Cut Laurel Gap Land Acquisition

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

Double R Forest Health Project

This project focuses on vegetation management (thinning) activities designed to maintain a healthy forest. This project also focuses on low intensity bum to develop open woodland conditions and create mixed hardwood/pine system.

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.

Shook Branch Land Aquisition

The Forest Service proposes to acquire 19.439 acres, more or less, located in the First Civil District of Carter County south of U.S. Highway 321

YMCA Land Acquisition

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

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

Sina Branch Culvert Replacement

In-stream work extending approximately 250 ft. upstream and downstream of each of the nine culverts on NFSR 67.

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.