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USFS Extends Public Comment To Feb. 27 To Evaluate Potential Additions To Wilderness Study

Jan. 30, 2015. Two areas  – the Bearwallow Inventoried Roadless Area on the Appalachian Ranger District and Overflow Wilderness Study Area on the Nantahala Ranger District  – were inadvertently not included on the inventory maps presented to the public online on Nov. 18, 2014.

These areas are included in the inventory of potential additions to wilderness and will be evaluated for their wilderness characteristics. In order to allow the public ample opportunity to provide input on these two areas and all other areas included in this inventory, the comment period for the evaluation of potential additions to wilderness will be extended until Feb. 27, 2015.

The Forest Service received over 500 comments on the online collaborative mapping tool between November 2014 and January 5, 2015 and these comments will be considered as part of the evaluation process. We welcome additional comments from the public to help inform the evaluation of all areas included in this inventory. You can find additional information on the plan revision process, including the wilderness inventory and evaluation at:  www.fs.usda.gov/goto/nfsnc/nprevision.

Comments on the evaluation of areas may be provided by any of the following means:

Using the web-based collaborative MAPPING TOOL:https://my.usgs.gov/ppgis/studio/launch/31595

Submitting comments by e-mail to: NCplanrevision@fs.fed.us

Mailing comments to: 160 Zillicoa St, Ste A, Asheville, NC 28801