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Carolina Public Press: Behind-the-scenes effort seeks harmony on WNC forests plan

On October 21, 2015, Carolina Public Press published a new article in its “Forest Lookouts” series by Jack Igelman.
Excerpt:
Three years down and two to go for revising the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forest Plan. According to the current timetable, the revised plan should be approaching the finish line.
But a lot of planning remains to be […]

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Op-Ed: Collaboration is key to forest planning

Authors: Josh Kelly, Public Lands Field Biologist, MountainTrue
Hugh Irwin, Landscape Conservation Planner, The Wilderness Society
Ben Prater, Director of Conservation, Wild South
In the past two weeks we have seen some very promising signals from the Forest Service regarding the Nantahala-Pisgah Forest Plan Revision. In both the Asheville Citizen-Times and at the Feb. 5 public meeting in […]

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Carolina Public Press: 50 years after the Wilderness Act, what’s the future of WNC’s wild places?

In a February 4, 2015 article, Carolina Public Press writer Jack Igleman posits the question “what’s the future of WNC’s wild places?” The piece delves into the history and future of wilderness in western North Carolina and explores how wilderness designation and differing opinions on it are at play in the dialogue and process of […]

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Forest Service Planning Directives Reflect Thoughtful Collaboration

Below is a press release from The Wilderness Society congratulating the U.S. Forest Service on completing directives to implement the 2012 National Forest Planning Rule. These new directives are of particular importance for western North Carolina, as they will have immediate impact on the forest plan revision process currently underway for the Nantahala and Pisgah […]

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US Forest Service Wilderness Inventory Comment Period Extended

Two areas  – the Bearwallow Inventoried Roadless Area on the Appalachian Ranger District and Overflow Wilderness Study Area on the Nantahala Ranger District  – were inadvertently not included on the inventory maps presented to the public online on November 18, 2014. These areas are included in the inventory of potential additions to wilderness and will […]

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George Washington Forest Plan Released with Recommended Additions to Wilderness

The new forest plan for the George Washington National Forest in Virginia was released on Tuesday, November 18 and contains many positive conservation provisions. Below is a segment of the new plan that gives details of recommended additions to Wilderness and other special protected areas. Full details of the new plan can be found on […]

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Wednesday Nov. 19, Workshop: Protecting the Future of Our Plant Communities

Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest, photo by Mark Schmerling
Brent Martin, Southern Appalachian Regional Director for The Wilderness Society and member of the Southern Appalachian Plant Society will be discussing the new forest management plan being created for the Nantahala-Pisgah National Forest and what it means for the future of our plant communities and habitat.
7:00 PM
Wednesday, November […]

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Make Your Comments Heard for the Future of WNC Forests!

North Carolina’s Pisgah and Nantahala National Forest’s management plans are currently in the process of being revised by the US Forest Service. These plans only get revised once every 15-20 years and this is a critical time to let your voice be heard! The Forest Service is proposing a shocking proportion of the landscape for […]

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Sign up for the Sierra Club Explore Our Wild NC Program!

The Sierra Club Explore Our Wild North Carolina program is an opportunity to get out and explore some of the great natural treasures in our state. You may participate on organized outings or on your own. The record is an honor system but please have someone at the site initial your record and tell them […]

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NC’s Natural Treasures: 50 Years of Staying Wild

Read all about it!  Correspondent Delene Beeland interviewed The Wilderness Society’s SAWS Program Director, Bill Hodge for an article titled NC’s Natural Treasures: 50 Years of Staying Wild, which appeared in the Raleigh News & Observer today.

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