Carolina Public Press announces the launch of Newsmakers, a new nonpartisan conversation series on top Western North Carolina interests and issues.

Going beyond headlines and sound bites, the Newsmaker series will bring together the state and region’s top journalists with those making and influencing the news — people such as business leaders, lawmakers, agency administrators, public policy influencers and others — for in-depth, nonpartisan conversations with the public. Newsmakers will break down barriers often felt between journalists and lawmakers, between community members and leaders — all toward building an engaged, informed community.

The Future of Western North Carolina’s National Forests

The first Newmakers forum will be on the future of the Pisgah and Nantahala national forests, which comprise the majority of the national forest lands in North Carolina. Spanning more than 1 million acres across 18 mountain counties, the forests are now undergoing an unprecedented planning process — one that will have innumerable economic, cultural and environmental impacts across the region and state.

Featuring a live interview and public Q&A with:

Jack Igelman, Carolina Public Press
Kristin Bail, National Forests of NC
Kevin Colburn, American Whitewater
Hugh Irwin, The Wilderness Society
Gordon Warburton, NC Wildlife Resources Commission

Thursday, November 13, 2014
9:30-10:30 a.m.
Handmade in America
125 S. Lexington Ave., Suite 101, Asheville

The forum is free and open to the public. The forum coincides with the publication of Forest Lookouts, an in-depth series on the future of Pisgah and Nantahala national forests. Go here to read the series.

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Angie Newsome is the executive director and editor of Carolina Public Press. Contact her at (828) 774-5290 or e-mail her at

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