While the recent newsletter highlighted our efforts to connect with private landowners within our priority forest blocks in North Carolina, it is important to also work with the national forests in North Carolina. Containing more than one million acres of forest, the Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests include several of our IBAs.
The recently announced decisions regarding Forest Service planning for Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests will have a long term impact on how our forests are managed, and Audubon NC is actively engaged in that process. We will keep you up to date on your opportunities to provide comments to the Forest Service during this process.
The Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests are two of four national forests in North Carolina that are managed by the Forest Service. The revision process of the plan will take place during the next three to four years. The current plan was originally published in 1987.