NORTH CAROLINA - Next Phase of Nantahala & Pisgah National Forests Plan Revision Begins
Greetings BRC Action Alert Subscribers,
The U.S. Forest Service National Forests in North Carolina, have announced that the agency has begun the next phase of revising the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests Land and Resource Management Plan (the Forest Plan).
During this plan development phase, the Forest Service, with input from members of the public and representatives of other governmental and non-governmental organizations, will determine the management practices necessary to accomplish the desired goals, and the effects those practices may have on the land. The Forest Service will then draft the proposed revised Plan and draft Environmental Impact Statement.
The public has 45 days to comment on the Notice of Intent (NOI), the Preliminary Need for Change and the Proposed Action, which was published in the Federal Register on March 12, 2014. Anyone interested in the two national forests is encouraged to submit comments on the NOI to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) by April 28, 2014.
Comments or questions about plan revision can be sent by email to NCplanrevision@fs.fed.us. For those who prefer regular mail, written comments can be mailed to National Forests in North Carolina, Nantahala and Pisgah Plan Revision, 160 Zillicoa St. Suite A, Asheville, NC 28801.
Once the Plan is completed, the monitoring phase will begin as the Plan is implemented, and will continue until the next forest plan revision. Each national forest has a management plan that is updated about every 15 years.
More information about the plan revision process is available on the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests Plan Revision website at www.fs.usda.gov/goto/nfsnc/nprevision.
Thanks in advance and, as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact BRC.
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