North Carolina’s Mountain Treasures
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US Forest Service seeks public input on wilderness and special designations

As a part of the Scoping phase of forest management plan revision for Nanathala and Pisgah National Forests, the forest plan revision team plans to hold a public session on April 17th regarding wilderness and other designated areas. The meeting will be held at the Crowne Plaza Resort, 1 Resort Drive, Asheville, NC 28806. The Forest Service is asking for those who are interested to RSVP by April 10 for this session, as space is limited. This is currently expected to be a focused day-long discussion in Asheville on the following topics:

• Identification and inventory of areas that may be suitable for inclusion in the National Wilderness Preservation System
• The process for identifying special designated areas
• The Scenery Management System

The discussion on wilderness and special designated areas will be from 9:00 to 3:00, with a drop-in session on the Scenery Managment System following. If you are interested in participating in the wilderness and/or designated areas discussion, please RSVP to NCPlanRevision@fs.fed.us by April 10th. A preliminary agenda for this workshop session is available online.

This is an important opportunity to make your voice heard and advocate for additional Wilderness in the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests. This includes advocating for the North Carolina’s Mountain Treasures areas that have been identified by a coalition of organizations as potential future Wilderness and other areas that require higher levels of conservation measures in the new Forest Plan.

For more information check out an April 7 article in the Asheville Citizen-Times. “Forest Service seeks input on plans for wilderness” by Karen Chávez

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