Public input has been essential and valued throughout the forest plan revision process. We received thousands of comments from the public helping us understand how different people use, depend on and appreciate the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests. Comments were used, along with Forest Service knowledge and best available science, to build a strong plan that is reflective of both community interests and best management practices.
We don't count comments by topic, because that doesn't help us develop a broadly supported management strategies. Instead of focusing on the volume of comments we receive, we encouraged the public to submit comments with detailed information about specific places and uses of the forests. We referenced the content of public comments every day as we drafted the revised plan.
It is important to note that public comments are only one form of public input. In addition to written comments, we heard from the public at 49 face-to-face U.S. Forest Service plan revision meetings including Open Houses in 2017 and 2020 hosted at locations around the Forests. We've also participated in collaborative meetings with partners, local governments, Federally Recognized Tribes, scientists, and interested citizen groups, by request. The plan's strong emphasis on public involvement of all kinds has provided a platform for diverse interests to work together for their benefit and that of the forests.
The proposed plan and draft Environmental Impact Statement were released on February 7, 2020. The revised plan has now been released, January 21, 2022.
Ways for you to be involved:
- Help with the plan monitoring program: We will work with the public and partners to gather input on monitoring questions, approaches, and partner resources.
- Help with implementation of the plan! Work with organizations and your Ranger District on projects of interest to you.
Alerts & Warnings
- Pisgah RD: Partial closure of FSR 475B Headwaters Road
- Be Bear Aware
- Catawba Falls Trail (TR 225) Closed
- Camping and other restrictions now in effect at Max Patch
- Nantahala RD: Multiple areas under construction
- Appalachian RD: NCDOT construction near Harmon Den may affect Forest access
- Grandfather RD: Old House Gap Rd (FS192) temporarily closed
- Recreate responsibly
- Joyce Kilmer Trail Lower Loop Closed due to rain damage
- Target Shooting prohibited on Croatan National Forest