Public Involvement

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If you’re new to the forest planning process, read this overview first.

We need your help for the Nantahala Pisgah Forest Plan Revision! Your involvement helps us to understand your needs, concerns, and values as they relate to your national forests; gives you an opportunity to provide us with information that we may not have; and helps you understand Forest Service programs and activities.

We are holding 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 allow the public to talk directly with Forest Service staff one-on-one. Each District Open House will highlight the areas within that district. District rangers and members of the Forest Plan revision team will be available to discuss the materials each of the following days and locations:

• June 29, 6-8 p.m.: Grandfather Ranger District at Foothills Conference Center, 2128 S. Sterling St., Morganton.

• July 11, 6-8 p.m.: Nantahala Ranger District at Tartan Hall, 26 Church St., Franklin

• July 13, 6-8 p.m.: Pisgah Ranger District Office, 1600 Pisgah Hwy, Brevard

• July 25, 3-6 p.m.: Appalachian Ranger District at Appalachian District Office, 632 Manor Road, Mars Hill

• July 25, 3-6 p.m.: Cheoah Ranger District at Cheoah District Office, 1070 Massey Branch Road, Robbinsville

• August 8, 3-6 p.m., Tusquitee Ranger District, Brasstown Community Center, 255 Settawig Rd, Brasstown

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.

There are many other ways for you to be involved:

1. Help us refine our forest plan content during development. Check out the Table of Contents on the Forest Plan Under Construction Page for preliminary plan content.

2. You can attend Plan Revision Interdisciplinary Team (IDT) meetings: 

Nantahala Pisgah Forest Plan Revision IDT meetings are open to public observers. These are our working meetings and we're excited to provide you with an opportunity to see how we operate. If you attend a meeting, what you will observe is plan development in action. We develop ideas and build plan components through discussions between our resource specialists at these meetings. 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 here following the meeting:

3. Help us create a plan monitoring program (coming soon): We will work with the public and partners to gather input on monitoring questions, approaches, and partner resources.

4. Provide input to alternative development (coming soon): We will revisit the range of alternatives with the public as we head in to NEPA analysis.

5. Comment on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement when it is released (coming late 2016).

Be sure to sign up for email updates using the link at the top of this page so that you are notified when additional information becomes available.


Past Public Meetings and Workshops - click date to see information associated with each meeting.

Month & Year Name of Meeting

November 2015

Public Meetings on Wilderness and Wild and Scenic River Evaluations

April 2015

Collaborative Summit Meeting

July 2014

Public Meeting on Wildlife Habitat; Ecosystem Integrity and Diversity; and Wild and Scenic Rivers

Fall 2014

Public Meetings for each Ranger District to present preliminary information for the Proposed Forest Plan

April 2014

Initial Wilderness Inventory Process and Designated Areas Workshop


November 2015 Public Meetings on Wilderness and Wild and Scenic River Evaluations

April 20, 2015 Collaborative Summit Meeting

July 10, 2014 Public Meeting on Wildlife Habitat; Ecosystem Integrity and Diversity; and Wild and Scenic Rivers

Fall 2014 Plan Revision Meeting

April 17, 2014 Initial Wilderness Inventory Process and Designated Areas workshop

Public comments received on the wilderness inventory process (right-click and open to view attachments within individual comments. If you are having trouble viewing the attachments within the individual comments, you can find them here.)

Workshop AGENDA
The following presentations were shared at the workshop:

“Inventory Version 2 – Maps and Comments”