Discuss the forest’s future

A series of events to discuss the future of the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests will kick off with a panel discussion 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 15, at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva.

Hosted by MountainTrue, the four planned events will feature a panel of experts representing a diverse group of conservation, recreation and business interests to discuss the issues at play in creating a new forest management plan for this public land. 

Confirmed guests for the Sylva forum include Josh Kelly of MountainTrue, Tommy Cabe of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians’ forestry program, Bill Kane of the N.C. Wildlife Federation and Andrea Leslie of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, with the discussion moderated by Jack Igelman of Carolina Public Press. Each event will feature a different list of panelists.

Subsequent events will be held 6 to 7:30 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Thursday, March 22, at the Watauga County Public Library in Boone. 
  • Tuesday, March 27, at the Transylvania County Public Library in Brevard. 
  • Thursday, March 29, at the Andrews Community Center in Andrews. 

Work to create a new forest management plan for the Pisgah-Nantahala has been underway since 2014, with a draft plan and plan alternatives expected to be released this summer. 


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