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Restoring Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests

Nantahala National Forest; photo by USFS.
The National Forests in North Carolina are working with partners, organizations, and research scientists to identify and work toward restoration goals for the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests. As part of this effort, the Forest Supervisor created an ecological restoration steering team to further wildlife habitat restoration efforts. The group recently met and decided to “adopt” one of the Golden-winged Warbler focal areas in western North Carolina (as identified by the AMJV) that contains a high proportion of National Forest land. The group is receiving guidance from Golden-winged Warbler experts within the AMJV.

“We are quite excited about the prospects of taking the goals derived from the AMJV and putting actual habitat on the ground to make a difference for golden-wings,” said Gordon Warburton, Regional Land Management Supervisor with the NC Wildlife Resources Commission. The first goal the group hopes to accomplish is a Golden-winged Warbler demonstration area. The group includes a diversity of stakeholders and aims to use collaboration to accomplish ecological restoration goals.