In an effort to reduce public exposure to the COVID-19 virus, regional conservation group MountainTrue canceled its previously scheduled series of in-person comment parties and events and moved them online.

On April 7, MountainTrue will host a online info session during which Josh Kelly, MountainTrue’s public lands biologist, will present the organization’s analysis of the draft management plan and the environmental impact statement for the Nantahala-Pisgah National Forests, answer questions from online attendees and give tips on how to craft effective comments.

MountainTrue Info Session on the Nantahala-Pisgah Forest Management Plan

April 7 from 5:30 p.m. - 7:00pm


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“The management plan determines which areas are protected, which areas will be scheduled for timber projects or managed for restoration, and how projects, like trail building and maintenance, are prioritized,” explains Josh Kelly, MountainTrue’s public lands field biologist. “The Nantahala and Pisgah belong to all of us and this is the process whereby we, the public, ensure that the Forest Service manages and maintains them according to our values.”

This forest management plan has been in development since 2013, and this is the public’s last significant opportunity to have their say. Anyone can comment and submit as many public comments as they like. So, even if you’ve already submitted a comment, you can attend MountainTrue’s online info session to learn more and add your additional concerns to the public record.

About MountainTrue

MountainTrue champions resilient forests, clean waters and healthy communities. We are committed to keeping our mountain region a beautiful place to live, work and play. Our members protect our forests, clean up our rivers, plan vibrant and livable communities, and advocate for a sound and sustainable future for all. MountainTrue is active in the Broad, French Broad, Green, Hiwassee, Little Tennessee, and New watersheds, and is home to the Broad Riverkeeper, French Broad Riverkeeper, Green Riverkeeper, and Watauga Riverkeeper. Learn more online at