Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests Plan Revision

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The Nantahala and Pisgah forest plan is being revised to handle the challenges of managing our complex ecosystems to meet the needs of all users for the next 15 years. The draft plan has been developed in coordination with tribal, state, and county governments and significant collaboration with the public. The draft plan and draft EIS were available for public comment from February 14 to June 29, 2020. 

 

Welcome to our Virtual Open House

Visit each station below to understand the proposed forest plan, how your interests are represented, and next steps. 

 

Station 1: Getting started

  • If you just want a quick overview, watch this 2-minute video featuring Planning Team Leader Michelle Aldridge.

 

Station 2: Digging into the Proposed Plan

Station 3: Exploring the influence of management

The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is the environmental analysis of how the proposed forest plan would affect natural and cultural resources on the Nantahala and Pisgah NFs. This document also provides information on the issues that have been raised through public involvement and how different alternatives were developed in response to issues.

Station 4: Exploring unique topics

General Questions and Answers (Last Updated 5/20/2020)

A sample of questions and answers about the proposed plan and draft EIS. More Q&As will be added as the comment period unfolds.

 

Vegetation Patterns and Species Analysis

 

Designated Areas and Recreation

 

*Technical Webinars

The National Forest Foundation, a Congressionally recognized  non-profit partner of the Forest Service, is facilitating a collaborative group, the Stakeholders Forum for the Nantahala and Pisgah Forest Plan Revision, to bring diverse interests to a collaborative table. The Forum hosted deep dive webinars that provide a more technical review of the analysis within the EIS.​

 

Station 5: Comment Consideration and Next Steps

The formal 90-day comment period was initiated on February 14, 2020, extended for an additional 45 days, and concluded on June 29, 2020. 

All comments that were submitted using the online comment analysis and response application (CARA) are publicly available through the online comment reading room. 

Over the next several months, the plan revision team will be reading and responding to public comments. We will use what we have learned through the comments, public meetings, and discussions with county, state, and tribal officials to decide what changes to make to the proposed plan and EIS.

After making updates to the documents, we will release the final proposed plan and final EIS and begin a five-month objection period. Individuals that have provided comments during the comment period have standing to object to the proposed plan and EIS. Objections will be received by and reviewed by the Regional Forester in Atlanta. Objection resolution may lead to additional changes in the documents before the plan is finalized. Click here for more information on the objections process.

We estimate that the final plan and Record of Decision will be released in late 2021.

Please note that all comments, names, and addresses are part of the public record and subject to Freedom of Information Act requests.

While public engagement on the forest plan revision process has concluded for the summer, there continue to be opportunities for the public to engage in project planning through the NEPA process for individual projects. More information about projects that are under development or in progress can be found at the Forests' project page.

 

Contact Us

If you are having difficulty viewing the documents or have questions about where to find more information, please call us at 828-257-4200.

Plan Revision Team, National Forests in North Carolina, 160 Zillicoa St, Asheville NC 28801

 

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