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 Nantahala-Pisgah Forest Partnership (Partnership), formed by a variety of stakeholders, has come together to foster civic engagement and positive guidance in creating the best possible management plan revision for Nantahala-Pisgah National Forest.
The Partnership members represent a diverse cross-section of key stakeholder interests, including conservation groups, wildlife/hunting organizations, recreation groups, forest product businesses, cultural heritage groups, concerned residents, state and local governments, and others as identified. The Partnership has agreed to work collaboratively and in parallel to the Nantahala-Pisgah National Forest (NPNF) planning process to initiate a robust public dialogue in support of this process utilizing a variety of sources including national, regional, tribal, and local/community expertise. Results will be compiled and presented as a set of recommendations to the NPNF, which can be considered for future management decisions. The Partnership’s approach emphasizes public participation and information sharing in order to reach community-supported and science-based methods for forest management, interpretation, and investment. Further, 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.
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