Forest Plan Archive Materials

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The currently proposed plan was released February 7, 2020 and can be seen at the Forest Plan Revision Homepage.

On this page you will find archive material. As the forest worked to develop the proposed Nantahala and Pisgah Forest Plan, we shared preliminary drafts with the public in order to allow for productive input. Draft building blocks were released in May 2017. These preliminary drafts were developed from several different sources including Public Involvement and input from many organizations and governmental sources internal resource specialists, and the current Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests Land and Resource Management Plan, as well as the Assessment Report.

2017 Preliminary Drafts

Chapter 2 – Forestwide Management

This chapter contains plan direction applied across the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests.

  • Forestwide objectives – all topics (June 30, 2016). These describe the actions the Forest intends to take during the Plan.

For each topic, see below for Desired Conditions, Standards, and Guidelines

Chapter 3 – Management Areas

This chapter includes direction for the general forest areas of Interface, Matrix, Backcountry, Concentrated Use Areas, and Administrative Areas, as well as for special area designations including the Appalachian Trail, Blue Ridge Parkway Heritage Corridors (Trail of Tears and Overmountain Victory Trail), Wild and Scenic Rivers, Special Interest Areas and Research Natural Areas, Wilderness, Wilderness Study Areas, Experimental Forests, Roan Mountain, and the Cradle of Forestry in America Historic Site.

Current Plan Large and Medium Patches of Potential Old Growth
Pre-Draft Sept. 2017 Map

Chapter 4 – Geographic Areas

Places matter. Geographic Areas recognize the unique social, ecological, and economic characteristics on each part of the forest, describing uses and places that are special. 

Geographic Areas Introduction

Geographic Areas Map             


Chapter 5 – Suitable Uses

This chapter describes where activities can occur across the forest.

Timber Suitability Process Paper

Planning Process Early Key Documents

Documents from 2013, 2014, and 2015


Video messages

Click here to view the 2018 update video

Click here to view the May 2017 N-P Forest Plan Revision Update

Click the image below to view the 2016 Message from the Forest Service:

Objectives Video Screenshot