Regional water quality experts will give a state of local forests and streams report in a public forum held by the Jackson-Macon Conservation Alliance at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27, in Highlands. Information will be presented by Jonathan McCall, registered forester with the N.C. Forest Service; Ed Williams, basinwide planner with the N.C. Division of Water Quality; and Mike Wilkins, district ranger with the Nantahala Ranger District, U.S. Forest Service.
They will discuss the challenges they face in protecting these resources along with the current and potential threats to our natural resources. They will also offer solutions to help protect these valuable natural resources for the common good. There will be time for questions and answers, and audience participation in determining solutions to address these threats and challenges.