Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests Plan Revision


Welcome to the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forest Plan Revision page, where you can help us plan the forests future.This web page serves as a one-stop resource for information associated with the plan revision process.

For general information on forest planning, check out our introduction.


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Keep reading for answers to frequently asked questions. For other plan materials, check out these links:

NEW CONTENT – Forest Plan Under Construction Page (includes preliminary drafts of forest plan content)

Public Involvement (information on how to participate and past meetings)

Forest Plan Documents (includes the assessment report, species of conservation    concern, “need to change” narrative and more)

Wilderness and Wild and Scenic River Evaluations (Updated information posted July 2016)

Forest Plan Timeline 


We will hold open houses at district offices to provide the public with opportunities to talk with forest staff about local issues, district project, and forest plan revision.

The open houses will have a flexible format allowing the public to come at any time during the specified hours and talk directly with Forest staff one-on-one. District rangers and members of the forest plan revision team will be present from 3 to 6 pm on each of the following days and locations:

  • September 15, Nantahala Ranger District Office, 90 Sloan Rd, Franklin
  • September 22, Cheoah Ranger District Office, 1070 Massey Branch Rd, Robbinsville
  • September 27, Tusquitee Ranger District Office, 123 Woodland Dr, Murphy
  • October 6, Grandfather Ranger District, 109 Lawing Dr, Nebo
  • October 12, Pisgah Ranger District Office, 1600 Pisgah Hwy, Brevard
  • October 13, Appalachian Ranger District Office, 632 Manor Rd, Mars Hill

Nantahala Pisgah Forest Plan Revision Interdisciplinary team (IDT) meetings are open to public observers. If you wish to observe an IDT meeting please send an email to Heather Luczak at We will notify interested individuals of upcoming meetings as they are scheduled. IDT meeting notes will be posted on the public involvement page following the meeting.

Frequently asked questions:

What is a forest plan?

A forest plan provides a general framework to guide a forest in managing its resources, goods, and services. Forest plans are consistent with and do not override law, regulation, or established policy.

Why are we updating the forest plan?

The National Forest Management Act (NFMA) of 1976 requires that forest plans be periodically revised -- usually every 15 years.  Revisions to the current are overdue, as a lot has changed on the Forest and surrounding areas since the original plan was adopted in 1987 and significantly amended in 1994. The Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests will share a combined forest plan.

Where are we in the planning process?

The Forest Service is currently developing a draft forest plan and alternatives to be analyzed in a Environmental Impact Statement. We continue to receive extensive input from the public and are considering this information as we go along.

We are scheduled to release a draft forest plan and DEIS in late 2016.

The draft plan is not yet complete; however, we want to share pieces of the plan as a work in progress, to provide a glimpse into plan development as it is unfolding. Currently, only forestwide plan pieces are available. Additional materials will be available in the weeks ahead on the Forest Plan Under Construction Page.

How can I provide input before the Draft Environmental Impact Statement release?

There are many ways to be involved in the development of draft plan and EIS. The following are upcoming opportunities:



  • Spring 2017 - Tell us what you think. Release Draft Environmental Impact Statement for formal 90-day NEPA comment period.


Forest Plan Revision Links

Forest Plan Documents

Forest Plan Timeline

Public Involvement

Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers Evaluations

Forest Plan Under Construction