The United States Forest Service (USFS) is seeking public input and review of the Management Plan for Nantahala-Pisgah National Forest. After a three-to-four year process, the Plan will guide how the forests are managed and how they connect to the communities of our region. The 1.1 million acres of National Forest in our region define our landscape and common interest—from water supply to recreation destinations and main street businesses.


The Partnership strives to create a lasting voice for innovative management and public investment in the public forests of North Carolina’s mountains for the future.



We envision a thriving, resilient forest within its natural range of variation, able to support healthy ecosystems, wildlife populations, local economies, and traditional uses. We envision a forest with the connectivity and integrity to remain resilient in the face of the changes and challenges of the future.

Please visit our Legislative tab for issues we’ve weighed in on, current as of Jan 2016. 


The Partnership receives generous support from the following:

Community Foundation of Western North Carolina.

Z Smith Reynolds Foundation