Plan Building Blocks Through 2017

A message from the Forest Supervisor:

plan meeting















View the May 2017 N-P Forest Plan Revision Update on Youtube.


Check out the 2017 Reader’s Guide to see how all these pieces fit together.


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Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Introduction


Chapter 2 – Forestwide Management




Forest Wide Direction: Describes Management for Entire Forest. Made up of Desired Conditions, Goals, Objectives, Standards and Guidelines, and Management Approaches. Think of the Forest Plan as a Road to the Forest... DESIRED CONDITIONS describes your destination. These are the big picture goals. You may not get there overnight, but you know where you want to go. OBJECTIVES describe the road you are driving on. These are time specific, measurable, and are the actions you take to get to the destination. STANDARDS and GUIDELINES describe the guardrails that keep you on the road. These are the rules you must follow. MANAGEMENT APPROACHES describe the toolbox you have to make sure you get to your destination in one piece. They are optional to use, but can help along the way.















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

Geological Resources (Updated Mar. 21, 2016)                 

Soils (Updated Feb. 26, 2016)

Water (Updated May 9, 2016)

Air (Updated Feb. 26, 2016)

Climate (Updated Feb. 29, 2016)

Aquatic Systems (Updated Feb. 9, 2016)

Streamside Zones (Updated May 9, 2016)

Terrestrial Ecozones (Updated Feb. 9, 2016)

Rare Habitats (Updated Mar. 22, 2016)

Wildlife (incorporating information from several resource sections)

Threatened and Endangered Species and Species of Conservation
Concern (including wildlife)
 (Updated May 26, 2016)

Vegetation Management (Updated Feb. 9, 2016)

Fire (Updated Mar. 25, 2016)

Forest Health and Invasive Species (Updated June 8, 2016)

Lands and Special Uses (Updated Feb. 26, 2016)

Facilities (Updated Feb. 28, 2016)

Transportation and Forest Access (Updated Feb. 28, 2016)

Recreation (Updated Feb. 24, 2016)


Cultural Resources (Updated Mar. 15, 2016)

Tribal Resources (Updated Apr. 21, 2016)

Minerals and Energy Resources (Updated Feb. 26, 2016)

Forest Products (Non-timber) (Updated Feb. 26, 2016)

Community Connections (Updated Feb. 26, 2016)

Conservation Education (Updated Feb. 26, 2016)

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

Management Area Plan Direction (Pre-draft ideas) 

Identifying possible Special Interest Areas (Pre-draft ideas)

Wild and Scenic Rivers

Refining Management Area Lines with WHAMAs and NAPs

Explanation of areas that may be analyzed as Recommended Wilderness

Wilderness Inventory and Evaluation

Nantahala and Pisgah Pre-Draft Forest Plan GIS (zipped file containing Management Areas, Geographic Areas, and Special Interest Areas GIS shapefiles) - See explanatory text file for details


Chapter 5 – Suitable Uses


This chapter describes where activities can occur across the forest.

                  Timber Suitability Process Paper

Chapter 6 -- Monitoring and Adaptive Management


This chapter will explain the program for ensuring we’re meeting our plan goals and adapting to changing conditions.


Planning Process Early Key Documents

Key documents for the forest plan can be found here.


2016 Message from the Forest Service:


Objectives Video Screenshot