From the U.S. Forest Service, Jan. 28, 2013

In early 2012 the National Forests in North Carolina began a series of “Trail Strategy” collaborator meetings to ask for your input on how we can provide a high quality and sustainable non-motorized trail system on the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests. The collaborative process continued into last summer with a series of district-level, working meetings with representatives of a broad range of trail user groups. The process was initially targeted for a September 2012 completion but due to National Forest personnel changes and the start of the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests Land Management Plan revision, further work on the Trail Strategy collaborative project was postponed.

Analysis of your input and trail condition data resumed this past December.  We are compiling the information into a Trail Strategy document which will guide future trail management projects and inform the Plan revision process. We will present the key elements of this draft Trail Strategy document to you during meetings with our Nantahala and Pisgah National Forest collaborative groups at the following locations:

•           Pisgah National Forest, Feb. 14, 6-8 p.m.

UNCA Sherrill Center, Mountain View Conference Room, Asheville, NC

•           Nantahala National Forest, Feb. 19, 6-8 p.m.

First Presbyterian Church, Tartan Hall, 26 Church Street, Franklin, NC.

Meeting content will be essentially the same for each location, but at each meeting we will review the trail recommendations made specifically for that National Forest. The Forest Service will post a draft of the Trail Strategy on the National Forests in North Carolina website in the coming weeks.

Click HERE  to download a copy and get the most current meeting information.