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The federal government owns over 400,000 acres in the North Carolina mountains. The largest single unit, 131,000 acres is in the Nantahala National Forest. The U.S. Forest Service has the responsibility of developing and administering this vast acreage. Prevost discusses what the forestry program seeks to accomplish.
The U.S. Forest Service is reworking new management plans for the Nantahala and Pisgah Forests in western North Carolina. New directives include developing alternatives on timber harvest methods, citing a greater need for uneven-aged management and more detailed analysis on below-cost harvests, biological diversity, wildlife habitat, and road-less areas.
Approximately half of the public hunting land in North Carolina is located in Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests in western NC. However, since the 1990’s, there has been a drastic decline in animal species in this area, leading hunters and fishermen to voice their conservation concerns with the U.S. Forest Service. The Brushy Ridge project has allowed for conversations to be held between several stakeholder groups to determine the best conservation strategies to repair the damage to these national forests