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Forest service on the house route primarily based on a draft forest plan for Pisgah, Nantahala

Posted by Jeff on Oct 11, 2020 @ 7:07 am in Conservation | 0 comments | Last change: October 9, 2020

James Melonas, Assistant Director of North Carolina National Forests (NFsNC), spoke to a crowd of forest service colleagues at a national training session in Denver in April to share his thoughts on the ongoing revision efforts of West Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests -North Carolina to share.

His message: be transparent and build trust. "It's crucial to focus on relationships as early as possible and get people involved before the revision begins," Melonas said.

A national forest management plan provides a general framework to support a forest in managing its resources for the next two decades. The environmental impact statement estimates the cumulative environmental impacts that may result from the proposed draft forest plan.

Michelle Aldridge, NFsNC's Planning Associate and Forest Planner, says the Forest Service has shared building blocks of the plan and will continue to unveil portions of the draft of the revised forest plan throughout the summer. The agency will present the full draft plan to the public in late autumn.

Aldridge says the forest service staff will continue to focus on developing and fine-tuning various aspects of the design. This is followed by a 90-day comment period, which includes public meetings at multiple locations across western North Carolina.

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