Alene and Cris Arnold, of Nashville, Tenn., view a hemlock snag created when the Forest Service dynamited the dead hemlocks along the trail at Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness, in Graham County. "We were just wondering if we should bring the kids," Alene Arnold says, as her family loved the cool, shady conditions on this trail in years past. Photo by Mike Belleme

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Press release from the National Forests in North Carolina, a division of the U.S. Forest Service:

A 10-to-15-year management plan is under development for Pisgah and Nantahala national forests. Jack Igelman/Carolina Public Press
A 10-to-15-year management plan is under development for Pisgah and Nantahala national forests. Jack Igelman/Carolina Public Press

The National Forests in North Carolina will be holding the next round of public meetings this October and November to share information about the proposed Forest Plan, including potential management areas and desired conditions. The meeting will open with a presentation on significant issues, management areas and the development of plan components.

The Forest Service planning team will share some proposed desired condition statements and information about watersheds and recreation settings during a open poster session.

Each of the scheduled meetings will be from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. and will follow the same agenda and present the same information and opportunity for review and comment. Public meeting dates and locations are as follows:

  • Pisgah Ranger District: Oct. 21 at the Forge Valley Event Center in Mills River;
  • Nantahala Ranger District: Oct. 28 at the Tartan Hall in Franklin;
  • RESCHEDULED. Tusquitee Ranger District: Oct. 30 at the Tri-County Community College, Enloe Multi-Purpose Room, in Murphy;
  • Appalachian Ranger District: Nov. 3 at Mars Hill College, Broyhill Chapel, in Mars Hill;
  • Cheoah Ranger District: Nov. 6 at the Graham County Community Center in Robbinsville; and
  • Grandfather Ranger District: Nov. 13 at McDowell Technical Community College, Room 113, in Marion

Information is available on the forest website at You may send email comments to

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