The National Forest Service (NFS) here in western North Carolina is in the process of revising the management plan for the Nantahala and Pisgah national forests. A partnership of over 30 organizations representing a diverse cross-section of public lands interests, including recreation, forest products, cultural heritage, conservation, wildlife, hunting, angling as well as other forest user groups was formed a few years ago to work with the NFS in forming the revised plan. http://npforestpartnership.org/ Trout Unlimited is a member of the Partnership and is especially concerned since the national forest lands contain or directly contribute to most of the wild trout streams in NC. Recently Andy Brown, TU Southern Appalachian Stream Restoration Manager, has established a task force to solicit input from the chapters. Locally Chick Woodward will be representing our chapter.
The tentative schedule for the revised management plan is draft documents to be put forth by the NFS in early November. November through January a review period with a complete draft issued for review in the spring of 2018. The TU task force recommendations will be compiled and submitted to the Parthership by John Rich who is our representative.
It should be noted that this is the “high level” management plan to provide direction, not details. It is hoped that the Partnership will continue after this plan is released to help with the projects and details that will be developed from the plan. If you have any specific issues you would like to see addressed, please contact Chick.
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