Francis Marion & Sumter National Forests is hosting a public collaboration meeting to discuss two projects

Edgefield, SC – August 27, 2018; - The Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests’ Long Cane Ranger District invites the public to attend an open house to involve the public and partners for a conversation with district staff regarding two proposed projects on September 19 from 6-8 p.m. at the Edgefield Town Hall meeting room at 400 Main Street, Edgefield, SC 29824.

The objective of the meeting is to share information related to the control of southern pine beetle outbreaks and increase forest health. The district is also proposing to thin approximately 2,959 acres of overstocked immature loblolly pine stands that are highly susceptible to southern pine and Ips engraver beetle attacks. Currently, over sixty bug spots were identified using aerial detection and satellite imagery, followed by on the ground confirmations.

There will be a brief introduction followed by an open house format (no formal presentation) to allow the public to mingle and visit one-on-one with the Long Cane Ranger District employees about their concerns on either project.

We hope you will be able to join us on September 19, and in the event this date doesn’t work for you, please feel free to stop by the Long Cane Ranger District located at 810 Buncombe, Edgefield, SC 29824 and ask to visit with either Dell Frost regarding the thinning project, and Steve Wilhelm regarding the SPB project.

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