U.S. Forest Service

Lilly Knoepp

The U.S. Forest Service has announced new restrictions at Max Patch, a national forest area near the Tennessee state line in Madison County which includes a section of the Appalachian Trail. The 4,629 foot bald is a popular camping and backpacking destination but the trail saw an explosion of visitors during 2020.

Photo Courtesy of FIND Outdoors

Just in time for Earth Day, The Cradle of Forestry in Transylvania County is re-opening this week after being closed. During the pandemic it was open on a limited schedule. 

The 6500-acre site in the Pisgah National Forest is a museum and trail system that was the location of the first national science-based forest management program established in the 19th century.  

Lilly Knoepp

The newest draft of the Nantahala and Pisgah Forest Plan as well as the plan’s environmental impact statement are now available.

The beginnings of the plan were started in 2013, says Michelle Aldridge, team lead for the U.S. Forest Service’s forest plan revision. She say the plan has involved hundreds of people from the Forest Service, local nonprofits, county governments and national organizations.