New entry proposed for cemetery fields

Posted by Jeff on Dec 14, 2020 @ 6:33 am in Conservation, Hiking News | 0 comments | Last updated: December 13, 2020

Major changes may be made to the graveyard spaces. A project can now be publicly commented on.

The National Park Service and the US Forest Service are working together in this effort to improve access to the often crowded network of trails on Haywood County’s Blue Ridge Parkway.

According to the proposal, the nearby John Rock Overlook would be used as an additional access point to Graveyard Fields with a pedestrian crossing over the parkway. The crossing should be planned with safety as a priority and connect the lookout point to a short, new path laid out in Park Service areas leading to Forest Service areas. The additional access at the lookout point aims to better distribute the use of the area and thereby improve the safety of visitors.

The proposed trail project is just one part of the larger Graveyard Fields project, which is divided into four work categories: heavy trail maintenance, trail relocation and construction, stream restoration, and red spruce restoration.

For more information and comments, see www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=55665. The deadline for comments is December 21st. Comments can also be sent to: Pisgah Ranger District, USDA Forest Service, Attn: Jeff Owenby, 1600 Pisgah Highway, Pisgah Forest, NC 28768. Comments become part of the project protocol and can be released under the Freedom of Information Act.

Please visit https://parkplanning.nps.gov/projectHome.cfm?projectId=98550 to learn more about connecting the US Forest Service Graveyard Fields project to Blue Ridge Parkway areas.

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