Join Carolina Public Press as we sit down with experts and stakeholders to discuss the future of the Pisgah and Nantahala national forests in North Carolina, which span more than 1.1 million acres across 18 counties in the west.
The forests are at a critical moment. After an 8-year planning process, the U.S. Forest Service released the draft of the Pisgah-Nantahala National Forest management plan on Friday, Feb. 7. The plan will set 20-year policies focused these public forests, including overseeing a multiple range of uses from recreation to timber harvesting. It also will stipulate whether and where the forests will receive additional wilderness area designations.
Carolina Public Press has reported on the revision process since it began eight years ago. Lead contributor Jack Igelman has reported on the development of the draft plan since the beginning, and he and Managing Editor Frank Taylor will moderate the event.
Panelists represent a variety of expertise and interests, including forest ecosystems in the Southern Appalachians, sustainable forestry, aquatic biology, public lands and federal public policy.
Discussion will include what’s at stake for the forests, why they are important from local, statewide and national perspectives, and key challenges and opportunities the planning process will present for the western part of North Carolina for the next 20 years.
The forum includes a moderated discussion and an audience Q&A.
We invite you to attend in person or via our free live stream. Registration is free but required. Doors open at 5 pm.
Event sponsorship of this event is available. Contact Development Director Lisa Lopez at firstname.lastname@example.org or 828-490-4130 for information and details.