Selections from the US Forest Service Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests Plan Revision website:

The U.S. Forest Service is revising the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests Land and Resource Management Plan (the Plan). 

When revision of the Plan is completed, it will guide management of the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests for approximately 15 years. The Forest Service published the original Plan in 1987. A significant amendment to the Plan was published in 1994, and smaller amendments occurred in subsequent years.

The NFsNC state on their Plan Revision Overview Page:

Revision of the Plan will occur in three phases:

  1. Assessment – During this phase, the Forest Service will collect and compile data and other existing information on the current state of the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests. The assessment phase will focus on what changes are needed to the management plan for the two national forests. Numerous public meetings will take place to receive input from stakeholders during this period.

  2. Planning Period – During this phase, the Forest Service will analyze the data collected; determine the management practices needed to accomplish the desired goals and the effects those management practices may have on the land; draft the revised Plan; seek and respond to public comment; and release the final Plan.

  3. Monitoring – The monitoring phase begins after the final Plan is released and continues throughout the Plan period. During this phase, the Forest Service monitors the progress of Plan implementation to make sure goals are achieved.