Forest Planning Overview
The National Forests in North Carolina provide a wide variety of benefits to the public including clean air and water; opportunities for outdoor recreation, tourism, and aesthetic enjoyment; forest products such as timber and wild foods; habitat for fish and wildlife; and places where our cultural heritage can be preserved.
Our overall goal in managing these lands is to maintain these benefits into the foreseeable future. In other words, it is the mission of the U.S. Forest Service to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations.
A document we call the forest plan provides a general framework to guide us in managing the forest. Plans are based on comprehensive resource assessments of conditions and trends and take into account both economic and environmental impacts of potential activities. Plans are prepared by an interdisciplinary team of specialists who have different areas of expertise covering all the resources that make up the forest.
The process we use to create a forest plan requires public participation. Your involvement helps us to understand the needs, concerns, and values of the public; provides us with additional information that we may not have; and helps you understand Forest Service programs and activities.
This video may help you understand forest plans better. We hope it also encourages you to participate in our forest planning process.
For additional background on the planning process, see Forest Planning 101
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Alerts & Warnings
- 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