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Fish And Wildlife Conservation Council To Resume Meetings


January 15, 2018

The Fish and Wildlife Conservation Council (FWCC) monthly meetings will resume on Jan. 25 and Feb. 20 at 6-8 p.m. at the Mountain Research Station in Mills River.

Concerning the forest plan report, the stakeholder’s forum held its final meeting in early November before the Forest Service took all its collected information back to form the plan. If you attended a FWCC meeting and filled out a comment card, your comments were hand delivered to the U.S. Forest Service, Asheville Office. According to the USFS your information along with others gave them an incredible amount of good information to work with.

Next, Forest Service staff will produce a group of alternatives in late spring / summer. From one or more of these alternatives will be one or more that we feel will benefit wildlife the most. We also see alternatives that allow the most flexibility in restoring these forests will be the most beneficial for wildlife. We will be asking both the N.C. Wildlife Commission and the U.S. Forest Service to identify the alternative or alternatives that meets wildlife’s desired conditions. This is a 90-day process; we hope to have a meeting between these two agencies no later than 45 days. After a FWCC review and decision we need to again have your outreach to your local, state and federal organizations that so many of you have been using through this process and more.


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