National Forest Foundation

Stakeholders Forum for the Nantahala and Pisgah Plan Revision

Stakeholders Forum for the Nantahala and Pisgah Plan Revision

The NFF is supporting a collaborative process focused on addressing several issues of conflict as part of the Nantahala & Pisgah National Forests plan revision. The collaborative process is intended to augment existing cooperative efforts and public input related to the forest plan revision process. We believe that communities should play a leading role in determining the future of our National Forests and Grasslands, so we focus our efforts on connecting these communities, and the people who comprise them, to the tools, knowledge, and funding to become active and devoted stewards of this incredible public estate.


In a collaborative dialogue amongst stakeholders representing diverse interests, identify zones of agreement to form recommendations around critical resource issues related to the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests’ plan revision. The key issues are forestry and restoration, special designations, and sustainable recreation. Recommendations should achieve clean and abundant water, connect communities to the land, and maintain and restore resiliency and diversity.


  • Supplement the Forest Service’s public involvement process with collaborative dialogue
  • Strengthen relationships amongst stakeholders with differing views about how to manage the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests
  • Develop consensus recommendations on key issues to provide to the Forest Service
  • Support the development of an implementable Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests Land and Resource Management Plan

Stakeholders Forum Members

** Denotes Organizing Committee Members

  • Andrea Leslie, Wildlife Resources Commission (shared seat)
  • Ben Prater, Defenders of Wildlife (Alternate is Tracy Davids)
  • Bill Hodge, Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards
  • Bill Kane, North Carolina Wildlife Federation (Alternate is Richard Mode)
  • Bill Yarborough, North Carolina Department of Agriculture
  • Curtis Smalling, National Audubon of NC
  • David Whitmire, Fish and Wildlife Conservation Council, Headwaters Outfitters**
  • Deirdre Lightsey, Back Country Horseman of North Carolina & North Carolina Horse Council**
  • Gary Peters, National Wild Turkey Federation (Alternate is Chris Coxen)
  • Greg Yates, North Carolina Forest Service
  • Hugh Irwin, The Wilderness Society (Alternate is Jill Gottesman)
  • JD Diefenbach, Sierra Club, Wenoca Chapter (Alternate is David Reid)
  • Jim Gray, Ruffed Grouse Society (Alternate is Don Mallicoat)
  • Jim Sitts, Columbia Forest Products (Alternate is Fred Hardin)
  • Josh Kelly, MountainTrue (Alternate is Bob Gale)**
  • Julie White, International Mountain Bicycling Association/Southern Off-Road Bicycling Association
  • Kevin Colburn, American Whitewater
  • Kyle Brown, Quality Deer Management Association**
  • Lang Hornthal, Root Cause
  • Megan Sutton, The Nature Conservancy**
  • Morgan Sommerville, Appalachian Trail Conservancy
  • Phil Elliott, Columbia Forest Products**
  • Rob Elliot, Evergreen Paper, Canton
  • Ruth Hartzler, Carolina Mountain Club** (Alternate is Bill Van Horn)
  • Sam Evans, Southern Environmental Law Center (Alternate is DJ Gerkin)
  • Susan Fletcher, Pisgah Hardwoods
  • Zach Lesch-Huie, Access Fund

Upcoming Meetings

  • Thursday, August 17, 2017, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Stakeholders Forum Forest-wide Restoration Topics Informational Meeting. Lake Logan Conference Center, 25 Wormy Chestnut Lane, Canton, NC.
  • Monday, September 25, 2017. Stakeholders Forum Meeting to Review Proposal Package.
  • Wednesday, November 8, 2017. Stakeholders Forum Meeting to Finalize Recommendations.

Documents & Records

Meeting Records


Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests Plan Revision Process

News & Press

National Forest Foundation Staff Working on the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests Plan Revision Process

Please feel free to contact any member of our team if you have questions or concerns!